Legal person will get equal opportunity

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 May, 2005, 12:00am

A statutory body charged with the mandate to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability and family status, as well as to eliminate sexual harassment, harassment and vilification on the grounds of disability, is looking for a chief legal counsel.

The Equal Opportunities Commission promotes equal opportunities for men and women, between persons with and without a disability and irrespective of family status.

The role of chief legal counsel requires its incumbent to assist the commission to lawfully exercise its functions and powers as provided under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, the Disability Discrimination Ordinance and the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance.

Reporting to the commission's chairperson, the new recruit will be required to serve on a three-year contract basis, although the post offers the possibility of renewal depending on service needs and performance.

Duties range from tendering legal advice to the commission and its office, to advising on the formulation of operational policies and procedures for the commission from a legal perspective.

The solicitor or barrister must also assist the commission in the preparation of consultative documents and codes of practice under the relevant legislation.

Assisting the commission to keep under review the working of the three ordinances and drawing up proposals for legislative amendments also falls on the shoulders of this individual.

The candidate should also be prepared to draft subsidiary legislation when required.

Another key role is to provide assistance to aggrieved persons, including making court appearances in respect of proceedings under the ordinances as directed by the commission.

Managing the legal services division and ensuring its efficiency and effectiveness is a vital element of this post.

Those most likely to succeed will be solicitors or barristers in a recognised jurisdiction, which is referred to in Section 2A or Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance.

Another key step on the road to success is a minimum of six years' post-admission or eight years' post-call professional experience.

Excellent legal knowledge - including skills in legislative drafting - and exposure to anti-discrimination laws will go down well.

Proven management experience in a senior position, incorporating line supervisory experience, is a must.

The role of legal counsel also demands professional integrity and high intellectual capacity.

Potential applicants should note that preference will be given to candidates who have a good command of English and Cantonese.