The Legislation Process: From policy development to an act

“Excellent course, very informative about the bill process, importance of committees and the extra elements of parliament.”

Intergovernmental Relations Advisor, Scottish Parliament

Turning a policy into legislation requires several parties to work effectively together.  Whether the idea was generated domestically or has been driven by an EU obligation, navigating the process can often feel like going through a labyrinth.

This training course will illustrate, through case studies and examples, the resources that are available to delegates as well as how efficient collaboration and coordination can help drive the policy smoothly through the legislative process.

Part of our Law and Legal Awareness series, The Legislation Process: From Policy Development to an Act is an introductory course for Bill team members. At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Key features of the course include:

  • The Statutory Context: Varieties of domestic legislation such as Acts and statutory instruments, including the implementation of EU obligations and treaty obligations
  • How a policy maker turns policy into legislation, either domestic or driven by EU obligation
  • What needs to happen before a Bill reaches Parliament to ensure it is passed quickly
  • An overview of the legislative process and its key players
  • Understanding legislation - commencement and statutory interpretation

Designed for:

Delegates who are members of Bill teams and who are part of, or in a position to, influence the process. Course materials will be adapted for delegates from Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland public bodies.

Learning outcomes:

Delegates will leave with a comprehensive understanding of what the legislation processes involves, enabling them to work effectively with other key players.




10:00 - 16:00


£595 + VAT


St James’s Park, London


17 September 2018 Book

Lead Trainer

Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo has 20 years of experience working at a senior level in the UK Government including the Cabinet Office. She currently helps organisations work with Government and Parliament.

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Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo started her career as a communications professional and subsequently worked at the heart of government for over 20 years, mainly at the Cabinet Office. She has worked closely with many ministers over the years, including Lord Peter Mandelson and Sir Oliver Letwin. She also worked at Number 10 in the Prime Minister's Press Office.

She has delivered a wide range of policies and advised on multiple complex communications issues. Jo has also worked acorss a wide range of issues including strategy, Ministerial PR and high level Board appointments, with the common challenge being making things happen across very large and complex organisations.

Jo's government roles have included leading the Coalition government's ICT strategy, Head of Communications for the BSE Inquiry and creating a new model for corporate shared services across Whitehall. Jo also gained private sector experience as a senior change consultant at Deloitte Consulting.  This enabled her to gain a great set of change skills and a valuable insight into the private sector.

In addition, she is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a published writer on the Civil Service and Brexit.

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