Legal Adviser (Two posts)
Comhairleoir Dlí (Dhá phost)
The role of a Legal Adviser is that of in-house counsel. The successful applicant will:
- Provide comprehensive, thoroughly-researched, sound and timely legal advice to the following clients:
- the Speaker, on the legislative competence of legislation under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, public law issues in parliamentary procedure, and the interpretation of standing orders
- Assembly committees, on legislative scrutiny, their statutory and other powers, parliamentary privilege, compliance with Standing Orders, public law issues in parliamentary procedure and the conduct of committee inquiries
- the Assembly Commission in relation to any legal issue arising in connection with the discharge of its functions
- Corporate clients at a senior level, on constitutional and other public law matters, contract and employment law, information law, public procurement and members’ expenditure
- Provide legal advice to the Director and Head of Legal Services Office;
- Deliver legal advice which supports Members in the development of legislative proposals.
- Draft legal and statutory documents including standing orders, statutory rules and determinations, and contracts.
- Conduct legal research including the use of electronic and other resources to provide authoritative advice on unfamiliar areas of law at short notice.
- Personally represent individuals and committees in legal proceedings and inquiries, or manage external counsel and solicitors to provide such representation.
- Conduct legal proceedings by or against the Assembly and the Assembly Commission, for example judicial review proceedings, civil claims and employment proceedings.
- Maintain membership of the relevant professional body (the Bar of Northern Ireland or the Law Society of Northern Ireland), undertake sufficient and relevant training, and act in accordance with their professional code of conduct in the discharge of their duties.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with senior staff and political actors in the Assembly and colleagues in other legislatures.
- Regularly participate in or lead teams to deliver legislation or corporate and organisational objectives.
- Comply with all of the Assembly Commission’s staff policies and procedures including the Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work policies.
- Manage information and records in accordance with established policies and statutory requirements.
- Carry out other duties as the Assembly Commission reasonably requires of you.