Specialist adviser sought for the Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee

23 May 2019

The Economic Affairs Committee is looking to appoint a qualified tax professional to help the Finance Bill Sub-Committee examine the draft Finance Bill each year.

Role of the specialist adviser

The adviser will work alongside the sub-committee's other specialist adviser under the direction of the clerk of the Committee.

The specialist adviser will be expected to:

  • brief the chairman and the committee orally and in writing;
  • provide advice and briefing to committee staff;
  • advise on the selection of witnesses to achieve a broad range of views;
  • advise on possible questions for witnesses;
  • attend most committee meetings during the inquiry;
  • assist or lead on drafting reports, depending on the nature of the sub-committee’s inquiry


The successful candidate should:

  • possess a recognised UK tax qualification;
  • have substantial, recent and practical familiarity with the UK tax system and its administration;
  • have a solid understanding of how tax policy is developed, and the Finance Bill is drafted to give effect to policy decisions;
  • be able to advise on the scope and effects of tax legislation clearly and concisely, for example by setting provisions in their wider economic, historical or international contexts;
  • have good oral and written communication skills, particularly for a non-specialist audience, including a record of drafting clearly (and without jargon) to tight deadlines;
  • have the ability to build networks and maintain relationships with taxation experts (inside and outside Government), professional and representative groups, and other key stakeholders;
  • have the ability to offer the committee impartial advice, regardless of any personal or professional interest. The adviser should avoid being seen to favour a particular viewpoint when dealing with contentious issues.

Further information

The role is part-time, remunerated by a daily fee. The number of days a week the adviser will need to spend on the work of the sub-committee will vary, primarily depending on the nature of the sub-committee’s inquiry. The overall commitment should be no more than 45 days per year.

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter setting out their suitability for the post to the clerk of the Economic Affairs Committee, Sam Newhouse, (newhouses@parliament.uk) by midnight on Friday 14 June 2019. Interviews are likely to take place in late June. The appointment is subject to the approval of the committee, with the adviser beginning work when the draft Finance Bill is published (likely in July) if possible.

The House of Lords welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability. We will consider proposals for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented among House of Lords specialist advisers, including applicants who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME).

For more information about the committee or the post of specialist adviser please contact the clerk, Sam Newhouse, at newhouses@parliament.uk or on 020 7219 5358.

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