Assistant Solicitor

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Job Vacancy We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to work as part of our Court Team to provide pre-litigation advice, assistance and representation across all aspects of the Council’s business (but with particular emphasis, initially on Housing and Social Work cases). The exciting position of Assistant Solicitor will play a key role within the Court Team in particular in terms of appearing in Court on behalf of the Council. Accordingly we are seeking a Solicitor with Court experience and someone who enjoys Court work. The role is aimed at a Solicitor with 0-3 years PQE but we will consider applications from Trainee Solicitors (due to qualify this year) and Solicitors with more than 3 years PQE. The Court Team will provide significant training, mentoring and development for the successful candidate. You will be part of Midlothian Council’s Legal Team that strives to deliver excellence in our service provisions as demonstrated by the Law Society of Scotland (In-House Lawyer’s Group) 2014-15 Award to a member of our Legal Team. This is an exciting time to be involved in the Legal Team and offers a unique opportunity to gain significant experience in a dynamic and supportive environment. The post will be based in Midlothian House, Dalkeith with regular attendance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. It is essential that the postholder possesses a Law degree, post graduate Diploma and a practicing certificate from the Law Society. It is essential that the postholder has Court experience and preferably in relation to Heritanle and Social Work cases. Organisational knowledge, interpersonal skills, an understanding of public sector legal issues and court practice. The postholder should be aware of the initiatives which affect council services in order to be aware of the pressures and influencing factors on the client before giving legal advice. CLOSING DATE 23rd December 2018 INTERVIEW DATE 15th January 2019 Job Advert Position Title: Assistant Solicitor Position Number: RAR0030 Directorate: Resources Location: Midlothian House Contract Status: Permanent Hours of Work: 36 Working Pattern: Monday – Friday Weeks per year: 52 Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale. Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £28,684.39 per annum. Requirements Compliance with the mandatory Cabinet Office PSN (Public Sector Network) Code of Connection requires the Council to meet a baseline personal security standard. This requires completion of a disclosure check for all employees who can access official information. The fee for this PSN Disclosure check will be met by the council. Additional Information Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.