St. Helena Government

Attorney General 

2 years FTC commencing ASAP – £80,000 pa, taxable in St Helena A tax free International Supplement will also apply
A sub-tropical island of spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the South Atlantic with a warm and friendly population of 4,500, St Helena is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK. Following the opening of its international airport in October 2017, St Helena is better placed to develop both economically and socially.

As Attorney General you will be principal legal adviser to the Governor and Governments of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. You will be responsible for all criminal proceedings and be the nominal party in civil litigation by or against the Crown. In addition, you will have overall responsibility for legislative drafting and for keeping laws up to date.

Your functions and responsibilities will be specified by the Constitution and by various Ordinances and by Common Law. You will offer comprehensive, reliable and timely legal advice to all organs of the respective Governments, responding pro-actively to issues as they arise or emerge. It will be your role to lead the institutional development of the Attorney General’s Chambers and strategic future legal needs of the island. In addition to purely legal work, you will be one of the senior advisers to the Governor on a wide range of issues.

On St Helena there is currently a Solicitor General, four resident Crown Counsels in Chambers and another one in Ascension. This team is completed by a Legislative Drafter, a Legal Executive and a Legislative Draftsperson working remotely from Florida. There is no resident lawyer on Tristan da Cunha. The Attorney General is supported by a full-time Personal Assistant. The Crown Counsel of Ascension has separate clerical support.

You will have qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales or hold an equivalent qualification from elsewhere in the UK or in a Commonwealth jurisdiction. Post qualification experience should be of at least 7 years and include civil and criminal litigation with public and private higher-court advocacy, the former preferably within an Overseas Territory; you should have already worked in a small and isolated community and with leading a team.

We offer an extensive benefits package with 30 days leave pa, fare paid travel, freight, pension contribution and relocation allowance (see overseas vacancy information).

An application form can be found at where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or email:

This is where applications must be sent and received by 5 June 2019. Interviews will be held in London.