Solicitors

Organisation
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Reference
VAC-17343
Contract Type
Full-Time
Practice Area
Civil Court Work
Location
Edinburgh
Salary
see description
PQE
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
The Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO) is a team of skilled, committed and passionate people, providing publicly funded legal services in Highland and the Islands, Edinburgh and Lothians, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and Argyll and Bute.

Job Description

Salary from £38,200 (Grade 6) or Starting salary from £31,510 (Grade 5 - newly or recently qualified solicitors)

Our work in housing law (repossession; homelessness; unlawful eviction; disrepair) child protection, mental health, welfare benefits and debt concentrates on the rights of people who are disadvantaged. 

We work closely with other agencies as part of our work to triage and refer some cases to other solicitors, advisors or support organisations. Further information on what we do can be found at www.clao.org.uk.

What we are offering

We currently have a permanent vacancy for a skilled court solicitor within the Edinburgh and Lothians team of our CLAO service.

The Edinburgh and Lothians Team is part of a network, which also provides services in the Highland and the Islands, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and Argyll and Bute and focuses on the rights of people who are disadvantaged.

Our Edinburgh and Lothians team’s core caseload consists of publicly funded housing law (social and private landlord eviction, mortgage repossession, homelessness, unlawful eviction and disrepair), benefits and debt work.

This focus will give you opportunities to carry out rewarding work that may have a considerable impact on client’s lives. On occasion, it may mean dealing with casework involving distressed and sometimes traumatised people seeking legal solutions to help resolve distressing life situations. This requires a calm, resilient disposition and an ability to focus on pursuing legal solutions, which can really make a difference.

You will be passionate about using and developing their litigation skills strategically to improve the lives of as many people as possible. They will also be keen to be involved in continuously improving and innovating our service as we build on the achievements of our 2017-2020 business plan, focusing on redesigning our services in 2021-2022 in response to COVID 19.

You will work closely with other advice providers to triage and refer certain cases to other solicitors, advisers or support organisations; to provide some second tier advice and training to other service providers on our core areas of casework and to explore opportunities for strategic partnership working, as part of our strategy to maximise the impact of our service.

The work of this role will be primarily based in Edinburgh with occasional travel to the Lothians. From time to time travel to other areas may be expected to cover work across the network in accordance with the needs of the business.

Our benefits package includes a competitive holiday entitlement and a contributory defined benefit pension scheme. We also offer our employees access to comprehensive learning and development opportunities and well-being support. More details about our benefit package are available in the full job description.

About you

We need you to be a court practitioner with excellent technical skills and the ability to focus these where you can make the biggest difference; with a full, post-qualified and unrestricted practising certificate from the Law Society of Scotland and a commitment to practising and developing social welfare law.

You will be highly organised, have strong interpersonal skills and be calm and resilient.

This position is an excellent opportunity for skilled court solicitors: ideal both for those who already have a track record of excelling at litigation work and for newly or recently qualified solicitors, who can demonstrate the potential to do so and who are looking for the opportunity to progress their career in a highly rewarding work environment.

Either way you will manage a demanding caseload, with more experienced solicitors expected to do so with less supervision.

Application Information

Please state which role you are applying for on your application form. The job description and person specification with other relevant documents are available on https://www.slab.org.uk/careers/

Completed applications should be returned by Monday 12 April. Interviews will be organised via a video call shortly after closing date, however this can change depending of candidates’ availability.

For assistance, please contact Klaudia Hall on recruitment@slab.org.uk or 0131 240 2145.

 

We welcome and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.