Closing date: 17 Oct 2022
Attorney General


2-year fixed term contract, Salary negotiable depending on experience plus international supplement

About the role

The Attorney General is the principle legal adviser to the Governor and the governments of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha and provides wide-ranging expert legal advice.  The role is diverse, from overseeing all legislative drafting, management of the legislative programme, responsible for criminal prosecutions, drafting contracts and other legal instruments.  Overseeing the Attorney General’s Chambers, the role is responsible for the leadership and development of the legal and administrative team.

What you’ll do

No two-days will be the same in this role, and you will carry out a broad and varied range of activities assigned to the Attorney General under the Constitution and other laws and policies.  You’ll have overall responsibility for all Crown Proceedings, will manage the legislative programme, delivery responsibilities for criminal responsibilities, draft contracts/legal agreements and other legal instruments, whilst ensuring that the Attorney General’s Chambers develops and adapts to reflect the changing needs of the islands.  Other specific role responsibilities are outlined in the attached job profile.

What you’ll bring

You’ll be a qualified and experienced solicitor or barrister (minimum 7 years post qualification) with experience in both civil and criminal litigation, including higher court advocacy, across both the public and private sectors.  As well as your broad range of experience, you’ll bring effective leadership and management skills, and demonstrable experience of leading and developing high performing teams.  A high level of communication, analytical, planning, influencing skills, and interpersonal attributes (including influencing, networking and diplomacy) are critical in this role.

What we offer

This is a two-year, fixed-term post.  In addition to an annual salary negotiable depending on experience and qualifications, the following benefits are offered:

  • International supplement – £17,900 – £24,300 pa, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy information below
  • Relocation allowance – £3,000 – £5,200
  • Annual pension contribution of 7.5% of salary.
  • 30 days’ annual leave per annum, plus public holidays.

Full details of the supplements and allowances are in the Overseas Vacancy Information below

The appointment will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory employment references
  • Enhanced Criminal Records Check
  • Medical and Dental Clearance

What’s it like to live and work on St Helena?

St Helena is a small volcanic island, situated in the South Atlantic, part of the wider British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, situated approximately 1,200 miles from the mainland of South Africa and 800 miles from our nearest neighbour, the island of Ascension. Travel to and from the island is via a weekly (from October 2022) charter flight to Johannesburg, with international connections from there. To thrive here on this unique, challenging and beautiful island, you must be resilient, adaptable and able to live, work and engage with a small community.  More information can be found by visiting

How do I apply?

An application form is available below. Further information can be found here on this site, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0044-203-818 7610 or by email [email protected]

Applications should be sent to [email protected] and received by 17 Oct 2022.  To be considered for the role you must complete our application form.  Please do not submit your CV.

St Helena Government positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification.

First stage interviews: Late October/early November by Skype

Required start date:  By January 2023

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