Employment

The following jobs are available in legislative drafting offices. The jobs are advertised here as a service to the legislative drafting offices in which the jobs are available. (Any jobs available in the Australian Government Office of Parliamentary Counsel are advertised on the OPC website's Employment page.)

CALC offers no warranty about the following jobs.

You should contact the legislative drafting office in which a particular job is available for further information about the job or to apply for the job.

Click on the icon next to the job you are interested in to download the advertisement for the job (which has been prepared by the legislative drafting office in which the job is available).

Position Closing Date Information for applicants
Chief Deputy Parliamentary Counsel - Northern Territory Government (Australia) Sunday 23 April 65kb 89kb
Call for Experts, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)   370kb 85kb

Advertising legislative drafting positions

CALC advertises legislative drafting positions as a service to its members. Legislative drafting offices wishing to have positions advertised on this page should contact the secretary at secretary@calc.ngo.

CALC also offers other services to legislative drafting offices that are advertising legislative drafting positions. For a fee, information about positions can be circulated by email to CALC members throughout the Commonwealth. Currently, CALC has about 1,000 members. In addition, positions can be advertised in The Loophole or in the CALC Newsletter (this may be dependent on the timing on those publications). If you would like to enquire about these services, please contact the secretary at secretary@calc.ngo.

Contract Drafters

The following Consultant Legislative Counsel are available to perform contract drafting. If you are interested in obtaining their services, you should contact them directly.

CALC offers no warranty as to the skills or experience of any of the Consultant Legislative Counsel listed here.

Jonothan Abbott has more than 20 years of legislative drafting experience, mostly as drafting counsel with the Department of Justice, Hong Kong. Since leaving that office in 2005 he has undertaken project and contract drafting work, both in Hong Kong and elsewhere. His drafting experience covers a wide range of subjects, including intellectual property, banking, shipping, implementation of international treaties, privatisation of state-owned entities and anti-corruption legislation. Jonothan can be contacted at: jonabbott@netvigtor.com or by phone on (852) 9272-5492

Brian Crozier was the Director of Legal Drafting (the chief legislative drafter) in Zimbabwe from 1989 until he resigned in 2000. Before taking up that position, he worked as a public prosecutor and legal adviser in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Brian is available for individual drafting assignments, preferably ones that could be carried out in Zimbabwe. However, he would consider assignments requiring work outside Zimbabwe for up to 2 months at a time. Contact Brian at crozier@africaonline.co.zw.

More details are available in the following document:

  • Brian Crozier CV (9k | 31k)

Clive Grenyer spent 21 years undertaking parliamentary work in the United Kingdom, most recently dealing with Home Office Services, followed by five years as First Legislative Counsel with the Cayman Islands Government, three years as a legislative draftsman in Jersey, and a year as First Parliamentary Counsel in Antigua and Barbuda. He was also a member of the team that drafted the new constitution for Kenya, and is currently an independent consultant, and, as such, has drafted legislation for various Commonwealth Governments, and constitutions for international organisations. Contact him at grenyer@btopenworld.com, or by phone on +44-1892-533734. He is available for individual assignments or short or long term contracts world-wide.

Carol Bernard Madden has more than 18 years of legislative drafting experience, mostly as Parliamentary Counsel (at various levels) within the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, Jamaica. Since leaving that office in 2007 she has undertaken Consultancies, in Jamaica and in the Caribbean, both as an individual and jointly with a Consulting firm. Her drafting experience covers a wide range of subjects, including Public Sector Modernisation, Civil Aviation, Municipalities, Electoral Matters, Consumer Protection, Food Safety, Financial Services, Constitutional Amendments, Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Caribbean Single Market Economy. She is also engaged in projects requiring legal research, prime of which has culminated in the book “Strengthening Jamaica’s Conflict of Interest Rules”. Carol may be contacted at: cbernardmadden@yahoo.co.uk or by phone on (876) 908-1035.

Robert Olding offers contract legislative drafting services, specialising in taxation/revenue laws. Formerly the Chief Tax Counsel for the Australian Taxation Office, Robert now consults to revenue authorities in Australia and internationally, including as a Member of the International Monetary Fund Panel of Experts.  In the latter capacity, he has provided advice on legislative development and legislative drafting services to the taxation authorities of developing countries and is a recognised expert in value added taxes (VAT/GST/Consumption Tax). Apart from being a former very senior taxation official, and before that a tax partner in an international firm, Robert is also a sessional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Drawing on this varied, high-level experience, he brings a unique focus to taxation/revenue law matters. He can be contacted at robert@robertoldingservices.com.au; and by phone: 61+0421 612 756. 

Mr. Patrick Orr has practised as a legislative counsel for more than 30 years over a wide area of laws and policies, particularly in the areas of electoral law, environment, aboriginal law, financial management and governance.  Originally with the Legislative Counsel Office in the Northwest Territories, he opened his practice as an Independent Legislative Counsel in 1987. He has helped shape Canada’s electoral, financial management, banking and environmental legislation and has a special interest in the creation of legislation for developing jurisdictions. He has worked for a wide variety of governments, both in Canada and abroad and has substantial experience preparing legislation for developing jurisdictions.

In general, Mr. Orr’s work involves a methodical review of policy documents and legislation, the development of legislative solutions to policy problems, and the drafting of legislative text that is clear and consistent. In addition, Mr. Orr has litigated cases in elections law and regulatory negligence and developed and taught courses to governments and Indigenous First Nations on legislative drafting. He can be contacted at lawdraft@magma.ca, by phone on 613.234.3140, fax on 613.234.7690, or post: Suite 1, 592 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON KIS 3N5.

Mrs. Samantha C. Jn. Paul Samuel has practiced as a legislative drafter for over 11 years. She is also a British trained barrister and has practiced in chambers. For part of her career, she was the Director of the Legislative Drafting Unit in Saint Lucia, West Indies, working directly with instructing ministries, Cabinet, Parliament and the Prime Minister’s office. She currently practices as a Legislative Drafting Consultant primarily for the OECS and the Commonwealth regions. Mrs. Samuel’s drafting experience covers a variety of areas. These include securities, investment funds, health, education, civil status, broadcasting, electronic transactions, ICT legislation, tourism incentives, income tac, immigration, agriculture, sustainable development, environment, value added tax, banking, companies, consumer protection, constitution and criminal code.

Mrs Samuel is available for long and short term assignments and for both onsite consultations and home based projects. She can be contacted by email:  samantha@lawsaintlucia.com, phone: 863.258.5819, Skype: samsam19407,  post: 2734 Calabria Avenue, Davenport, Florida, USA 33897 or through the LCM website: www.lawsaintlucia.com

Ms. Barbara Vargas is a Caribbean legal expert practising law for over 20 years, including 15 years as a legislative drafting consultant primarily in the OECS Member States. She specialises in drafting legislation and other legal instruments, including treaties and treaty implementation legislation, model legislation and national legislation through her company Legal and Drafting Services Ltd. (LDS). LDS was established in 2005 to support the work of national drafting offices and assist with public sector strategic initiatives requiring legal and regulatory advice and legislative drafting services. Our distinctive characteristic lies in combining our intimate understanding of the laws, legal systems, legislative drafting norms, cultural context and challenges of the small island States of the Caribbean, with our knowledge of international trends—both in legislative drafting and in legal and regulatory reform. We therefore provide solutions that are inspired by international experience, but adapted to fit the national legal, institutional and socio-economic context of small island states. She can be contacted at barbara.vargas@ldsdrafters.com, by phone on 758.285.3000, on Skype ID: bkvargas, postal address: 7 Mongiraud St, P.O Box 468, Castries, St. Lucia or on the LDS website - www.ldsdrafters.com.

Robin Webster MBE RD FCIArb is currently Course Director of the 3-month Commonwealth Programme for Legislative Drafters in Caribbean Countries, held at the University of Guyana. When not running that Course he is available for individual drafting assignments, either from his home base in Scotland or for assignments overseas for short periods. He was recently Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tonga. Before that his career included spells drafting legislation in Scotland, Westminster, Seychelles, Kenya and Tuvalu, where he was Attorney-General. He can be contacted at rmwebster@btinternet.com.

More details of his qualifications and experience are available in the following document: