Assistant Attorney General (JLG/LO 4) – Commercial Affairs Division

Contract Type
Not Vacant
Government & Public Sector, Legal
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
Expiry Date
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to be assigned to the post of Assistant Attorney General (JLG/LO 4) – Commercial Affairs Division in the Attorney General’s Chambers.


Job Purpose

Under the general direction of the Deputy Solicitor General, Commercial Affairs Division, the Senior Assistant Attorney General will be responsible for: 

  • Providing legal advice to the Government of Jamaica (GoJ), (including Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the GoJ), Statutory Bodies and Government companies;
  • Delivering opinions on a variety of legal issues;
  • Assisting with Administrative tasks in the Division and the Chambers;
  • Assisting with the management of the Division;
  • Providing advice and guidance to junior Attorneys.


Key Responsibilities


  • Advises Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other public bodies on a range of legal issues relating to Commercial Law including Law of Contracts, Company Law, Labour Law, Sale of Goods, Commercial Arbitration, Competition Law, Intellectual Property, Procurement Law, Banking Law, Law of Credit and Security and securities documentation including bills of exchange and other negotiable instruments, Capital Markets Transactions, Public Private Partnerships and Privatizations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Conveyancing, International Financial Law, International Project Financing, International Trade Financing and International Economic Law;
  • Negotiates, drafts and vets contracts and other transactional documents as well as loans and other securities documentation;
  • Prepares  and vets legal opinions;
  • Reviews contracts and other documentation to ensure their legality and compliance with Government policy;
  • Acts as legal advisor to the Government and other public bodies in the negotiation of loans from international lending Agencies and in relation to major commercial agreements including transnational agreements relevant to the areas listed above;
  • Assist the Litigation Division in the preparation and presentation of commercial matters in Court and at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal;
  • Vets and comments on Cabinet Submissions, Bills and draft legislation relating to Commercial Law matters; and
  • Represents the Government at Arbitration Hearings.



  • Assigns such matters as the Deputy Solicitor General and Senior Assistant Attorney General may require;
  • Assists with the management, supervision and evaluation of reporting staff in the Division;
  • Assists with the implementation of projects and policies that facilitate the efficient operation of the Division and the development of attorneys within the Chambers;
  • Liaises with ministries, departments and other clients in relation to legal matters referred to the Chambers;
  • Vets, where required, work of junior attorneys;
  • Sits on the Department’s Executive Committee;
  • Convenes and attends Divisional meetings as requested;
  • Performs any other Administrative functions as may be assigned from time to time


Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of the Laws of Jamaica
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent  interpersonal and people management skills
  • Ability and willingness to lead
  • Excellent negotiating skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications
  • Ability to manage team of Attorneys 


Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree with relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience (i.e. at least eight (8) years relevant working experience);
  • Certificate in Legal Education;
  • Significant experience in the handling of complex commercial matters will be an asset.


Salary range $2,811,933 – $3,342,504 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.


Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.


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