Legal Services
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£56,610 - £61,533

About The Role

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Legislation, Strategy and Constitution Team as a solicitor in the Legal Services Office to provide temporary cover for a career break until August 2022. Full time role but part time applications will be considered.

Legal Services provide high quality, robust and solution focused legal advice and support to enable the SPCB, Committees, Presiding Officer and the Parliamentary Service to make sound and well-informed decisions. As trusted business partners we work within multi-disciplinary teams to support parliamentary scrutiny of legislation and government policy.

Legal Services is made up of around 20 staff.  The Legislation, Strategy and Constitution Team is made of up two Team Leaders, one Senior Solicitor (the Delegated Legislation Manager), three Solicitors and three Assistant Solicitors.

You’ll provide MSPs with high quality legal advice to support them in scrutinising legislation to ensure that it is of good quality, effective and accessible. You’ll prepare legal briefing for Committees on subordinate legislation and the delegation of powers to legislate and contribute to Committee reports. 

You’ll provide advice to the Presiding Officer on the legislative competence of Bills, supporting her to fulfil her statutory role to inform Parliament as part of the legislative process.

You’ll work with colleagues to promote constructive relationships with other Parliaments and the Scottish Government to strengthen democratic accountability in the emerging constitutional landscape.

You’ll encourage a culture where your team colleagues are empowered to deliver high quality work which will enhance the reputation of the Parliament. As an experienced member of the team you’ll provide constructive peer support to less experienced members of the team to build confidence and promote their development. You’ll also champion collaborative working with colleagues across the parliamentary service, promoting positive and open communication, as well as our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

For further information about the role please contact james.shaw@parliament.scot 

Please apply before 12 noon 22 September 2021. Full details of our selection process is outlined below.

About You

The successful candidate will be a solicitor or advocate licensed to practise in Scotland. As an experienced solicitor you will have sound legal insight to advise confidently at the most senior levels of Parliament and in a multi-faceted and challenging political setting. Sound knowledge of the devolution settlement and experience of interpreting legislation is essential.

You’ll have a proven ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy, prioritise your own workload effectively and deliver to deadlines: providing authoritative, practical and outcome-focused legal advice on a broad range of complex issues.

You’ll have a proactive and collaborative approach with the ability to analyse risk and benefit and reassess priorities on a continual basis.

You’ll have a proactive approach to your own learning and development.  As an experienced solicitor you will take a lead in helping colleagues with their learning and development.   

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working.

You’ll be resilient and inspire colleagues to deliver high performance results in line with our values. You’ll have a proven track record of working inclusively with a diverse range of people and groups. You’ll have established mentoring and coaching skills and be committed to contributing to an inclusive and collaborative working culture which values diversity and encourages openness. For full information about the role, have a look at the job description.

The Selection Process

Stage 1

Click ‘apply’ and this will allow you to register and complete your values-based statement.

Our values are a central part of our working culture and our people management processes and are used to recruit, manage and develop our staff. For more on our values and behaviours framework, please visit our Staff Handbook site.

When completing the values-based statement, please address the key requirements as outlined in the Job Description. This may include specific skills, experience, abilities, knowledge and strengths you have and should include examples which demonstrate this. Please provide evidence against each of our four values, a maximum of 400 words is allowed per value.

Please note:  When writing your values-based statement the system will time out after an hour and your work will be lost. You don't have the option to save your application and return to it later.  If the system times out, you can go into your ‘candidate profile’ to access and complete your statement. Please only 'submit' your application when you're content it is complete.  If you 'cancel' then your work won't be saved.  You may want to complete your answers to the questions offline and then copy and paste your answers when you're ready to submit your application.  Once you've submitted your application, you don't have the option to go back.

Stage 2

At the final stage, you’ll be invited to attend a virtual panel interview and will also be asked to undertake a written assessment or presentation.  Interviews will be held week commencing 4 October.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process please email careers@parliament.scot.

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here.

If you hold an adjustment passport, we encourage you to discuss your current working hours and adjustments in relation to the role you’re applying for.