Policy Adviser - Modernising Justice

Full time
35 hours per week
£39,838.92 - £46,869.32
Chancery Lane - London
Policy, Legal

Policy Adviser - Modernising Justice


What's in it for you:

  • Key responsibility and profile for conducting the Society's work on HM Courts and Tribunals Service's court modernisation proposals in conjunction with the current lead policy adviser;
  • Opportunity to develop/reinforce contacts within the sector;
  • Helping set the agenda for the profession on this issue;


The role:

Modernisation of the Courts is a high priority for the Ministry of Justice in this Parliament, including the development of an online court, and considering different ways of using the Court estate in the light of emerging technologies and reassessment of the need for physical hearings. Your main role will involve working with the lead policy adviser for modernising justice in developing the Society's response to these changes, and working with HMCTS and other external stakeholders to maximise the influence of solicitors in this process. You will handle requests from HMCTS to find practitioners to help with their research. You will engage with many other policy advisers to gain feedback from their committees on different strands of the HMCTS programme.


You will help our members adapt to new online dispute resolution systems. You will develop the Society's response to other proposed changes in the Court system, such as court closure programmes, court fee increases, and the development of online processes for some procedures in both the civil and criminal courts.


What we’re looking for:

  • Knowledge of the issues covered by the post
  • Understanding of the role technology can play in the justice system
  • Experience of working in a policy role
  • Ability to network and advise at senior level
  • Ability to manage a large number of related workstreams at the same time
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

Knowledge of the issues covered by the post;

Relevant experience of working in a policy or business development environment;

Strong understanding of the legal and economic system and the role of solicitors in it;

Ability to analyse complex issues and assess their implications for the profession and Law Society policy on that issue;

Ability to provide advice and support to the profession;

Ability to represent The Law Society credibly at a senior level;

Knowledge and understanding of the relevant policy and legislative environment;

Ability to represent The Law Society credibly at a senior level;

Ability to engage and influence policy development at a senior level across government and the profession, as well as within the Law Society.

The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and other decision makers, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors.
We offer a generous flexible benefits package, a friendly working environment and the opportunity to develop your career within a professional organisation.
Vacancy closing date: 28/05/2018, 23:55
The Law Society is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

This opportunity is closed to applicants.