Independent Investigators

House of Commons


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Fixed Term Contract - Remunerated

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    27 October 2019

  • Client

    House of Commons

Ref: GSe57090

The House of Commons, and its home in the iconic Palace of Westminster, is a key element of the UK Parliament. 2,800 talented individuals work behind the scenes in a rich array of roles – from barristers to baristas – contributing to the delivery of democratic process in many different ways. Similarly, the House’s 650 Members could not undertake their parliamentary business without the expertise and commitment of the staff employed in their offices. It is the firm belief of Parliament that staff should be able to their jobs without the risk or fear of mistreatment or harassment, and in a working environment where cases of bullying and abuse are responded to with the seriousness they deserve.

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme is a Parliament-wide response to allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct in the parliamentary community. It is just one element of a package of measures being put in place to ensure that everyone in that community is treated with dignity and respect. Agreed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords Commission in July 2018, the Scheme comprises a Behaviour Code, training, an independent complaints system, and support mechanisms for complainants and respondents.

In July 2019, some significant improvements to the Scheme were agreed, the main one being the removal of a time-bar on when complaints can be made. The change will also apply to House of Lords staff. The House of Commons is now looking for ten highly experienced investigators to assess the eligibility of complaints and to conduct investigations, both non-recent and some current cases. These investigations will be complex, high-profile and sensitive. Working with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and supporting the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, the Independent Investigators must command the respect and confidence of all parties, bringing the skills and experience to ensure fairness between complainants and respondents alike.

Applicants must have successfully applied first-class analytical and critical skills to significant, high-profile investigations, working sensitively and impartially. Their drafting skills should be excellent, and they will have the intellectual firepower to master detailed legislation and rules, combined with the judgement to relate them appropriately and fairly to real life situations. They must be resilient,  comfortable and confident leading complex, sensitive investigations of national or political importance, all the while subject to the scrutiny of the media and the public.

Closing Date12 midday - Monday 28th October 2019
Sift Meeting w/c Monday 11th November 2019
Assessmentsw/c 18th or w/c 25th November 2019
Final Panel w/c 9th December 2019
How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation via GatenbySanderson’s website by no later than midday on Monday 28 October 2019.

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements. Please note that your CV should also include details (names and contact information) of two referees, at least one of whom must be able to comment on your suitability for the role based on direct experience of working with you in the context of a complex investigation. We shall not contact these individuals without your prior consent. References will be taken between Assessment Centre and Final Panel Interview.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two A4 pages) setting out how your knowledge, skills, experience and personal qualities meet the criteria as outlined in the person specification above.
  • A completed Equality Opportunities Monitoring Form – this will appear onscreen when you submit your application. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way.
  • Please provide in your application your availability to attend the Assessment Centre during w/c Monday 18 and/or Monday 25 November in the event that you are taken forward to that stage of the process.

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form on GatenbySanderson’s website when you submit your application.

To see more information, or to apply for the role, please click continue to view full details and apply at the bottom of the page, or contact Jemima Dalgliesh or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours please email Emma Clark at