Chief Parliamentary Counsel - Albert B W Edwards

Albert B W Edwards has served in the public service of Jamaica for over 25 years and has since May 2007 been Chief Parliamentary Counsel in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. He is also a Statute Law Commissioner for the purposes of the Law Revision Act and in that capacity oversees the work of the Law Revision Office.

After leaving Calabar High School, Mr. Edwards read for the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) of the University of the West Indies and later qualified as an Attorney-at-Law in Jamaica (1983).

He subsequently qualified as a solicitor for England and Wales (1993). He holds the degree of Master of Laws (Legislative Drafting) of the University of the West Indies. Mr. Edwards has also pursued postgraduate legal studies in legislative drafting at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, from which university he also holds the Master of Laws in Maritime Law.

Prior to joining the OPC, he was Clerk of the Courts for the Kingston Resident Magistrate’s Court (Civil Division) and thereafter for the St. Catherine Resident Magistrate’s Court. He has also served as a legal consultant to the Caribbean Development Bank and as a principal legal officer in the United Kingdom civil service. He has been an Associate Tutor at the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica as well as an Adjunct Tutor at the Administrative Staff College and at its successor the Management Institute for National Development.

He embraces the vision of a work environment that is stimulating, challenging and creative while being just, empowering and supportive.

His professional memberships include the Jamaican Bar Association, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Statute Law Society (UK) and the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel.

Mr. Edwards serves on the board of the Dispute Resolution Foundation, and chairs the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Advisory Committee of the Victim Support Unit. He is also a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (Jamaica and the United Kingdom),

He is married and in his spare time enjoys cycling, fitness activities, foreign languages, church fellowship, music, community activities and travelling with his family.