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Secretarial Administrator

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Salary:Starting salary from £27,500 

Working pattern:Full time, Permanent 


Closing date:02 January 2024 at midnight 

We are currently seeking to recruit a Secretarial Administrator (Grade 3) within the PDSO Edinburgh.

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact on individuals' lives while working in a stable and rewarding environment? The Scottish Legal Aid Board is seeking high-caliber individuals to join our dedicated PDSO Edinburgh team. As a legal administrative and casework support role, you'll play a crucial part in providing efficient services to solicitors across our national network.

If you're ready to contribute to the delivery of client-centered legal services, join us in making a difference.

Starting salary is £27,500 per year

Completed applications should be returned by Tuesday, 2 January 2024 (midnight) via SLAB’s recruitment portal. Early applications are strongly encouraged as we may close the vacancy earlier.

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 Public Defence Solicitors’ Office (PDSO) was established in 1998 and is a national network of publicly employed solicitors operating from seven offices across Scotland providing criminal legal assistance. Operating as a direct service of the SLAB, we advise and represent clients, who are eligible for criminal legal aid, in relation to summary and solemn cases at every level and in Scotland’s busiest courts all over the country. Further information about the PDSO 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 the 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
Reporting to the Head of Office and liaising with the Network and Systems Coordinator, the primary purpose of the role is to provide efficient and high quality legal administrative and casework support to solicitors both within their office and across the network. In addition, the post holder has a role in supporting the delivery of client-centred and trauma-informed legal services.

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 are an equal opportunities employer and we are dedicated to being fair and inclusive, and to being 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 Tuesday, 2 January 2024 (midnight) via SLAB’s recruitment portal. Early applications are strongly encouraged as we may close the vacancy earlier.

Application Information

To apply please click 'Apply Online'. For assistance or queries, please email