Essential experience, knowledge and skills
Analysis and decision making
- Strong analytical and logical skills with the ability to offer constructive challenge and apply these skills to all areas of law reform.
- A broad knowledge and a ready capability to cope with initially unfamiliar areas of law with a readiness to develop and reform the law where that is necessary.
- Ability to provide strategic direction, support and leadership to other Commissioners and to facilitate collective decision taking by the Commissioners.
- Ability to handle the high pressure demands of the role.
- Ability and commitment to be proactive in seeking the implementation of outstanding Law Commission reports and securing new work.
- To be a positive role model to both Commissioners and staff, taking an active part in leading the organisation so as to ensure it is a supportive and collegiate environment.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to influence and persuade a wide range of external stakeholders.
- In particular, the interpersonal skills and political judgement to engage positively and to make an impact with Ministers across a range of Departments, with senior civil servants, members of the judiciary at all levels and with Parliamentarians of all parties.
- The ability to communicate clearly and succinctly to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences, with good listening skills to ensure two-way communication.
- The ability to represent the Law Commission before Parliamentary Committees.
- Commitment to the importance of delivering effective law reform.
- An open-minded approach with a willingness to think flexibly and consult widely before reaching firm conclusions.
- Awareness of the diverse needs and backgrounds of those affected by the work of the Commission and of colleagues and staff of the Commission.
- A desire to learn about and engage with the Whitehall, Parliament, Ministers and a diverse range of stakeholders.
- A keen interest in leadership, both of people and the strategic direction of the organisation.
- Evidence of valuing and promoting diversity
If you are a High Court Judge you will need to meet the qualities and abilities required for the Court of Appeal. Your ability to demonstrate these qualities may be taken into account by the Selection Panel:
If you are a High Court Judge you will need to meet the qualities and abilities required for the Court of Appeal. Your ability to demonstrate these qualities may be taken into account by the Selection Panel.
· Being an outstanding lawyer.
· The ability to deliver excellent ex tempore and written judgments expeditiously.
· An understanding of the diverse communities using the Court of Appeal.
· Understanding of the impact of law on society.
· Understanding and appreciation of the importance of comity between the branches of Government.
· The ability to contribute to the esteem in which our jurisdiction is held.
· The ability to shape and develop the law.
· The ability to work efficiently and effectively in and out of court.
· The ability to work well with colleagues, officials, court users and staff.Leadership skills.