The Law Commission of England and Wales is recruiting lawyers to work on challenging and high-profile law reform projects across the organisation. 

We’re looking for brilliant, innovative lawyers from a wide range of backgrounds to join our team. The Law Commission offers an unrivalled opportunity to work on some of the most complex legal and policy questions facing our society.

But our lawyers are not just lawyers. They engage in policy making, stakeholder engagement, legislative procedure, project management and leadership. They examine legal and policy issues from every angle; engage closely with a huge range of stakeholders from all walks of life; draft clear and compelling consultation papers and reports; and work with Government officials to take our work forward in Parliament.

Expertise in the relevant area is not necessarily required; we are interested in applicants from all legal backgrounds who can demonstrate strong research and writing skills and an interest in/ability to pick up new areas of law.

You can view our live vacancies below. For the full job description and other job details, including how to apply, please click through the links below.

You can also find more details on the lawyer role at the Commission in our Recruitment Pack.

Lawyer Criminal Law Team

We currently recruiting  permanently for up to two  lawyers for our criminal law team. Full details of the role and how to apply are available here. The closing date is 2nd July 2024.

The main duties for all lawyer roles at the Commission


For all lawyer roles, the main duties are managing one or more law reform projects against an agreed timetable with the Commissioner, the Team Head, and (where relevant) other team lawyers and research assistants. This may include:

  • Researching the law and how it works in practice (both in the UK and overseas).
  • Analysing problems with the law, identifying options for reform and testing potential solutions.
  • Engaging with stakeholders (both inside and outside Government).
  • Writing reports and other documents in conjunction with the Commissioner, the Team Head and other team members; preparing these for publication.
  • Analysing formal consultation responses.
  • Working with other professionals within the Law Commission including Head of Communications to organise publicity for our work; Economic Adviser to analyse the potential impact of reform options; and potentially Parliamentary Counsel to draft legislation.
  • Assisting with the promotion and implementation of recommendations from completed projects (including potentially working as part of a Bill Team to take legislation through parliament) and contributing to the consideration of new project work.
  • Managing one or more Research Assistants.
  • Contributing to the corporate culture of the Law Commission, for example through supporting and leading specific activities on areas including learning and development, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and ways of working.


Click through to the links above for individual roles to view their full job details.


Lawyers Diversity Work Shadowing Scheme

Interested in the lawyer role? You might be eligible to shadow one of our current lawyers through our Diversity Work Shadowing Scheme.