Senior Solicitor - Inverness

Organisation
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Reference
0467
Contract Type
Full-Time|Locum/Contract
Practice Area
Civil Legal Aid
Location
Inverness
Salary
Starting salary is £56,860 within a pay band up to £65,900
We are seeking to recruit a Senior Solicitor (Grade 7) for our Highlands and Islands Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO) in Inverness for a fixed term of 18 months.

Job Description

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced litigator to help shape how we deliver holistic legal services to rural and island communities within CLAO and our wider Client Legal Services Directorate.

Starting salary is £56,860 within a pay band up to £65,900 (Pro rata if part time).

About us
CLAO is a network of publicly funded court solicitors and support staff employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB). We help people with civil law problems by providing holistic advice and representation to legally aided clients within core areas. In addition, we deliver a referral service to other providers of legal assistance and second tier support (including training) to advise organisations. Our work involves developing project work with local and national organisations operating within the geographical areas we cover.

We are part of SLAB’s Client Legal Services Directorate, comprising CLAO, the Public Defence Solicitors’ Office (PDSO) and Solicitor Contact Line (SCL), making us Scotland’s largest multi-disciplinary legal aid practice.

Further information about CLAO can be found at www.clao.org.uk and if you wish to learn more about SLAB and our other client legal services, visit www.slab.org.uk.

Why work for us
We are an ethical organisation, carrying out rewarding work that can have a considerable impact on clients’ lives. We seek high calibre people and in return, we set out to provide good training and development with rewarding working conditions. We aim to be an ‘employer of choice’. Should you come to work with us, you’ll discover that no matter what your job or level of responsibilities, you are treated as an individual, with fairness, dignity and respect.

Our reward package includes:

  • a competitive salary with potential for pay progression
  • a generous holiday entitlement of 35 days per year (inclusive of public and privilege holidays), increasing to 42 days after five years of continuous service
  • a defined benefit pension scheme with a 6% employee contribution
  • flexible and hybrid working arrangements
  • comprehensive access to learning and development opportunities, and wellbeing support
  • job security in a stable environment
  • a supportive and positive work culture
  • a cycle to work scheme.

About the job
As a senior solicitor, you will assist the Head of Office and be part of a team providing high quality advice and representation to legally aided clients. You will be expected to manage a complex caseload within all our core areas of work, which are children’s hearings and public family law, housing and homelessness, mental health and Adults with Incapacity (AWI), benefit appeals and certain debt matters.

A significant part of this role will be focused on serving the island communities covered by the Highlands and Islands office, such as Shetland or the Outer Hebrides. This will include developing partnership and referral links with local advice and support organisations to help as many people as possible get access to justice. The role will therefore involve frequent travel and overnight stays to the scenic islands as required.

You should have significant civil court experience, ideally within our core areas of work, a keen interest in social welfare law and promoting access to justice within rural and island communities. Comprehensive training will be provided to support you with this important work.

You will generally be required to work from the Inverness office a minimum of two days a week subject to business needs. From time to time, you may also need to travel to geographic locations covered by other CLAO and PDSO offices.

This post is on a full time basis for 18 months with the possibility of an extension or permanent post becoming available at the end of the 18-month term depending on our business planning.

If applying on a part time basis (less than 35 hours per week), please give details of the number of hours and pattern of part time work you would be interested in. Further details are supplied in the ‘General Information for Applicants’ document.

We are an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to being fair, inclusive and a place where all belong.

We welcome and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, and LGBTQI+ people.

We will ensure that disclosure of disability status will not negatively impact anyone’s application. We are committed to guaranteeing an interview to every applicant who indicates they have a disability, in terms of the Equality Act 2010, that meets the minimum criteria for the role.

For more details about this role and a full list of essential criteria and required competencies, please see the ‘Additional Information’ section on the vacancy page of our recruitment portal.

Completed applications should be returned by Sunday, 30 June 2024 (midnight) via our recruitment portal. Interviews will likely be organised in the week of 8 July 2024 and will be held at 2 Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EB. However, we encourage you to apply early as we may close the vacancy before that date.