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Sir Stephen joined the Civil Service as a legal assistant in the Home Office and transferred in 1976 to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (“OPC”). For 30 years his main work was as a drafter of legislation. In 2006, he became the First Parliamentary Counsel, the Permanent Secretary responsible for leading the OPC, with a particular role advising on constitutional matters. He was also responsible for the civil servants supporting the Leaders and Whips in both Houses. He retired from the Civil Service in January 2012 and served from 2012 to 2013 as a member of the McKay Commission, on the consequences for the House of Commons of devolution. Amongst other things, he writes on constitutional matters and has been chairing the Advisory Board for the National Archives’ “Big Data for Law” Project back to top


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