Hunt for top lawyers to fill Law Commissioners posts

The hunt is on for two top lawyers to take up prestigious roles as Law Commissioners.

The posts of common law and criminal law and evidence Law Commissioners will be vacant from October this year and January 2000 respectively. They pay u81,260 a year.

The incumbents, Professor Andrew Burrows (common law) and Stephen Filber QC (criminal law and evidence) are stepping down after serving the usual five-year terms.

The Law Commission wants judges, barristers, solicitors or university teachers of “recognised standing, experience and ability” who will come up with proposals to reform and develop the law in their specialist areas.

Commissioners with part-time judicial appointments are allowed to continue sitting.

Appointed by Lord Irvine, who is seeking “a broad range of candidates”, the selected individuals will form part of a five-person team. The team recommends reforms to the Lord Chancellor, for him to lay before Parliament.