Elizabeth Gardiner took up the post of First Parliamentary Counsel and Permanent Secretary of the Government in Parliament Group in the Cabinet Office on 24 November 2015.
Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and then in England and Wales. She joined the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel as an Assistant Parliamentary Counsel in 1991, and has spent over 20 years as a legislative drafter working on a full range of legislative projects. This included working on consolidation and law reform projects at the Law Commission and leading the team drafting tax legislation.
First Parliamentary Counsel
The First Parliamentary Counsel oversees the Government in Parliament Group, which includes Parliamentary Counsel and the Business Managers in each House of Parliament. The Group works with teams across government to prepare and deliver the government’s legislative programme.