General Counsel

The Electoral Commission


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  • Expiry date

    23 June 2020

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    The Electoral Commission

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The Electoral Commission is a body independent of government which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity, reporting direct to parliament.

A small yet high-impact organisation, our work is wide-reaching and of significant public interest. Our role has risen in importance - for politics, for the electoral community, and for the voter. From social media’s impact on political debate to increasing devolution of election powers, our work is at the heart of some of the most passionately discussed topics of the day.

A compelling opportunity has arisen to lead our in-house legal and governance team as our General Counsel. This important role will report directly to our Chief Executive and work alongside our Executive Team, informing decision-making across the Commission. You will do this through inspirational leadership of our legal and governance experts, harnessing their commitment and capability to deliver insightful strategic advice to our most senior stakeholders. Your work will help ensure that the Commission is respected and trusted wherever it operates and will help safeguard our interests. 

You are a solicitor or a barrister with significant experience advising decision-makers on public and administrative law. Credible and authoritative, you can also evidence a track record leading and motivating high-performing teams, applying strategic and legal judgement, and influencing in a complex environment.  You will impress us with your capacity to quickly grasp and effectively respond to client needs - which will sometimes involve constructive challenge - and with your political acumen, your sound judgment, and your integrity.

Closing Date5pm, Wednesday 24 June 2020
Longlist Meetingw/c Monday 29 June 2020
Preliminary Interviewsw/c Monday 6 July and w/c Monday 13 July 2020
Shortlist Meetingw/c Monday 20 July 2020
Final Panel Intervieww/c Monday 3 August 2020
How to apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • A comprehensive CV (no more than two sides of A4).
  • A detailed supporting statement that addresses the Essential and Desirable Criteria as set out in the Person Specification as far as you are able (no more than two sides of A4).
  • Details of two referees whom we would be able to contact at shortlist stage.
  • A completed Political Activity Form and Conflict of Interest Declaration, which can be found as separate documents on the GatenbySanderson website.
Contact details
Padraig O'Hara: 0113 205 6098