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Recruit Ref: G13198
Posting Date: 2021-09-17
Department of Justice
Division/Section/Unit: Secretary for Justice's Office/Law Reform Commission Secretariat
Temporary Senior Government Counsel-(Non-Civil)
Job Description
To be deployed in the Law Reform Commission Secretariat in the Secretary for Justice's Office of the Department of Justice to undertake work on areas including but not limited to conducting legal research (including overseas comparative research), producing research papers and other relevant documents, and undertaking any other duties that may be assigned from time to time or deployed to other offices of the Department to undertake any other legal work. The holder of post (1), Temporary Senior Government Counsel, is expected to assume a higher level of responsibilities and be able to work independently, and will be required to undertake advisory work of a more difficult and complex nature.

General Notes: (a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d) The remuneration, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at https://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the below contact address.
Requirements
Candidates should (a)(i) be solicitors with at least 6 years’ professional experience since admission in Hong Kong or any one of the recognised jurisdictions as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87); or (ii) be barristers with at least 7 years’ professional experience since attaining the right to full practice in Hong Kong or any one of the recognised jurisdictions as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87); and (b) have attained Level 2 or above in English Language and Chinese Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) or the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent (Note : For non-civil service appointment purpose, Grade E in English Language (Syllabus B) and Chinese Language in the HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 2 in English Language and Chinese Language in the 2007 HKCEE or henceforth.). Candidates with less working experience (a minimum of 4 years’ professional experience for solicitors or 5 years’ professional experience for barristers) may also apply.

Note: (i) Candidates with experience in matters related to legal advisory work involving the interpretation of statutory provisions and with good legal research and writing skills will have an advantage; and (ii) Candidates with a minimum of 4 years’ professional experience for solicitors or 5 years’ professional experience for barristers but lower than the stipulated entry requirements, if selected, will be offered a salary at an appropriate level lower than HK$117,580 per month.

Terms of Appointment: Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for around one year. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the Department of Justice and the candidate’s performance.
Remuneration
Salary: $117,580 per month

Fringe Benefits Upon satisfactory completion of the contract, the appointee will be eligible for an end-of-contract gratuity which, when added together with the Government’s contribution to the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme, will be equal to 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period.
Include an annual leave of 14 days per year of service; full pay sick leave in accordance with the provisions of the contract; and maternity/paternity leave, where appropriate.
Apply Method
Candidates should apply in writing with a completed application form (G.F. 340 (Rev.3/2013)), which is obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (https://www.csb.gov.hk). Candidates who wish to apply for both posts (1) and (2) should indicate the post titles clearly (i.e. “Post (1) Temporary Senior Government Counsel” and “Post (2) Temporary Government Counsel”) under “Title of job applied for” on the first page of the application form and there is no need to submit separate applications. Completed form together with a full C.V. should reach the Law Reform Commission Secretariat, Department of Justice, 4/F, East Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong (Enquiries: 3893 3407) by 6 October 2021. The C.V. should include (a) gradings of the subjects taken in public examinations from secondary education onwards (with exact dates of scoring the results); (b) results of LLB and PCLL or other legal professional examinations, listing the gradings of the subjects taken (with copies of transcripts and certificates); (c) exact date and place of admission/call (for trainee solicitors and pupils, please give the date of completion of training or pupillage); and (d) employment records with detailed description of duties. Applications with incomplete or unclear information will not be considered. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation about 2 to 4 weeks after the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Contact Address: Law Reform Commission Secretariat, Department of Justice, 4/F, East Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

Enquiry Telephone: 3893 3407

Closing Date: 06/10/2021

Summary
Industry:
Civil Service / Government 
Job Category / Function:
Job Position Level:
Middle 
Employment Term:
Temporary 
Min. Edu. Level Req:
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Total Working Exp:
6 or above 
Salary(HKD):
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Benefits:
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