Our work ranges over a wide variety of subjects – everything for which the government legislates, from the hugely politically-significant and topical, to the niche, specialised and technical. For example, in the current session of Parliament we have drafted bills on a wide variety of subjects, from Article 50 and Brexit, through civil liability, data protection, lasers and prisons, to the space industry, tax and upskirting. So we may need to deal with legislation affecting any aspect of modern life.
We are responsible for:
- drafting all government bills
- advising departments on the rules and procedures of Parliament
- reviewing orders and regulations which amend Acts of Parliament
- assisting government on a range of legal and constitutional issues
Our priorities are:
- to help the government to prepare and take through Parliament its programme of legislation
- to provide leadership and training for drafters throughout government
- to work with colleagues within and outside government to promote good law
- to build links with universities, the judiciary and others
Who we are
We are headed by Elizabeth Gardiner, who is First Parliamentary Counsel. We are a shared service.
We employ around 50 counsel and 10 support staff. We are based in London.
Guidance from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel
The legislative process
Public Bills before Parliament
Guide to making legislation