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Civil Service (Lawyers)

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many professionally qualified lawyers are at present employed in the Civil Service in a capacity relevant to their profession; in which Departments; and on what grades or remuneration.

No information is held centrally on either the professional qualification of civil servants or the exact nature of their work. There are however, certain posts in the open structure in other grades where a legal qualification is required and whose members are engaged in legal work.The table shows the distribution of such staff by department and by grade (or equivalent). In addition, there are professionally qualified lawyers elsewhere in the Civil Service who may be engaged on legal work. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost and effort.

Grade or Equivalent*








Senior Legal Assistant


Legal Assistant


Land Registry114482386
Lord Chancellor's Department†;2419206611422148
Law Officers' Department11349
Director of Public Prosecutions1131151875
Trade and Industry131631657
Treasury Solicitor's Department117319711148
Welsh Office139114
Scottish Office111028242
Scottish Courts Administration3912
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service12242994656212
Lord Advocate's Department145111

* Certain posts attract a higher salary than the official maximum for the grade or grade level.

† Includes the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD), Law Commission, Public Trustee Office and parliamentary counsel. LCD provides the civil service support staff for parliamentary counsel, although the cost of parliamentary counsel themselves is financed jointly by the LCD and the Cabinet Office.


Annual Post Return, 1 April 1985.

senior Open Structure List, April 1985.

Mandate, 1 January 1985.

Centrally Managed Staff Records, June 1985.