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Civil Court Solicitor

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Salary:Grade 6: £41,140 within a pay band up to £46,940 (pro rata if part time) OR Grade 7: £49,420 within a pay band up to £57,490 (pro rata if part time) 

Working pattern:Full time, Permanent 


Closing date:12 March 2023 at midnight 

We are currently seeking to recruit a skilled Civil Court Solicitor (Grade 6 or 7) for the Inverness Civil Legal Assistance Office within our Client Legal Services Directorate.

Starting salary:
• Grade 6: £41,140 within a pay band up to £46,940 (pro rata if part time)
• Grade 7: £49,420 within a pay band up to £57,490 (pro rata if part time)

About us
The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) was set up in 1987 to manage legal aid in Scotland. We are a non-departmental public body responsible to the Scottish Government. Our main purpose is to manage and continuously improve publicly funded legal assistance and to advise Scottish Ministers on its strategic development for the benefit of society. If you wish to learn more about the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) and our other direct services please visit

The Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO) was established in its current form in 2008 and the service operates through a mix of casework, referral to other providers of legal assistance and support, second tier support to other providers (including training), and partnership/development project work with local and national organisations operating in the defined geographical areas. Further information about CLAO can be found at

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 stable and secure reward package includes:
• A competitive salary with potential for pay progression
• Flexible working arrangements and a great holiday entitlement of 34 days per year (inclusive of public and privilege holidays) increasing after five years of continuous service
• A defined benefit pension scheme with a 6% employee contribution
• Job security in a stable environment for long term career progression
• Support from colleagues within a rewarding, positive work culture
• Opportunities for learning and development while making a difference with challenging tasks for ultimate job satisfaction.

To find out more about working with SLAB and our benefits, please visit

About the role
The Civil Legal Assistance Office Highlands & Islands team is part of a network, which also provides services in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh and the Lothian’s and Argyll & Bute, and focuses on the rights of people who face the most significant barriers to accessing justice and tackling inequalities.

As solicitors we provide advice and representation services within core casework areas including child, housing, debt and benefits, and mental health law. We also work closely with advice and support organisations to achieve better outcomes for our clients and identify legal need at the earliest opportunity.

The successful candidate will:
• manage a complex caseload consisting of a high volume of contentious cases
• provide appropriate, timely and independent advice and representation to persons experiencing civil legal problems which fall within CLAO’s remit
• participate in rotas to provide a duty service and second tier advice
• support managers and less experienced staff to ensure the delivery of complex casework services across the network
• Assist the Head of Office in delivering CLAO’s business objectives and day-to-day management of the Inverness office
• Assist the Head of Office to manage and expand effective links and referral mechanisms to solicitors in private practice and partner agencies
• develop and manage the CLAO network of training programmes for both internal staff and external partner agencies, under the supervision of the Head of Office and Head of Service
• provide training, guidance, information and opinions internally as well as to partner organisations and contribute to policy development.

This post is permanent on a full time basis.

If you are applying for a full time position on a part time basis (less than 37 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 welcome and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce.

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

Completed applications should be returned by Sunday, 12 March 2023 (midnight) via SLAB’s recruitment portal.

Application Information

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