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We are seeking to recruit a qualified Solicitor (Grade 5/6 depending on experience) to join the Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO). This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled solicitor interested in social welfare & public law and in helping us shape how we deliver impactful legal services within Argyll and Bute.

As comprehensive training will be provided, this opportunity may be attractive to solicitors wishing to build experience in new areas of work and progress their careers within a supportive environment.

The post is permanent on a full-time basis and may be based within any of our offices. Hybrid and flexible working opportunities are available and home working requests can also be considered for this role.

If you are 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.

Grade 6 starting salary is from £44,020

Grade 5 starting salary is from £39,260 (for newly or recently qualified solicitors)

(Pro rata if part time)

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

We are part of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Client Legal Services Directorate. The Directorate comprises the Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO), Public Defence Solicitor’s Office (PDSO) and Solicitor Contact Line (SCL) making us Scotland’s largest multi-disciplinary legal aid practice and a unique place to work.

Further information about CLAO can be found at www.clao.org.uk. If you wish to learn more about the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) and our other client legal services please 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 stable and secure reward package includes:

· A competitive salary with potential for pay progression

· Generous holiday entitlement of 34 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 well-being support

· Job security in a stable environment

· Supportive and positive work culture

· Cycle to work scheme

To find out more about working with SLAB and our benefits, please visit www.slab.org.uk/recruitment/working-for-us

About the role
Reporting to their Head of Office, the successful candidate will manage their own varied and rewarding caseload providing high quality trauma-informed advice and representation to legally aided clients in all our core areas of casework (e.g., children’s hearings & public family law, mental health/ AWI, housing & homelessness, benefit appeals and certain debt matters).

Whilst you will be part of a wider team supporting the work of the CLAO network and CLS Directorate, a significant part of your role will be focused on delivering and developing our services throughout Argyll and Bute. This will involve working closely with external advice and support providers to help triage and refer certain cases where appropriate; provide second tier advice and training on our core areas of casework and explore opportunities for strategic partnership work to maximise the impact of our service. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in CLAO’s important strategic project work.

The successful candidate will be passionate about using or developing litigation skills 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.

Comprehensive training will be provided to the successful candidate who can be based within any of our CLAO offices (Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen). Hybrid and flexible working opportunities are available and home working requests can also be considered for this role.

The post will involve travel throughout Argyll and Bute with occasional travel to geographic locations covered by other CLAO and PDSO offices. 

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 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.

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