|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Reports to||Senior Principal Solicitor|
|Grade/Salary||£19,000 (first year)
£22,000 (second year)
|Hours||35 hours per week|
The Law Centre started in 1979 at Castlemilk, a peripheral housing scheme in south east Glasgow. The Law Centre is a charity. We use the law to address poverty and social disadvantage in the areas where we work.
The Law Centre is run by a board drawn from local people. The board employ the Law Centre staff who are managed by the principal solicitors. For the purposes of professional practice, the Law Centre’s legal work is carried out by the practice of Angus McIntosh and Simon Hodge trading as Castlemilk Law & Money Advice Centre.
The Law Centre’s board identifies areas of work and social need which can be addressed using the law. These relate to social disadvantage and poverty. Most of the areas we work in are fairly obvious and include issues such as poor housing, social security problems, debt and employment.
The Law Centre also identifies particular areas of work which it considers particularly problematic. For example, Castlemilk was a dispersal area for asylum seekers from the year 2000. We accessed resources to provide an asylum project which gave advice to those claiming asylum and represented clients before the Immigration Tribunal and the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.
We have been particularly active in disability rights and women’s rights. We have a substantial caseload on social security issues, particularly in regard to disability related benefits. We have developed our work on women’s rights, especially in employment and are considering how best this applies to women who are engaged in precarious forms of employment such as agency work and zero hour contracts.
Over the years we have expanded from Castlemilk to work in other communities in south east Glasgow including Toryglen, the Gorbals and Govanhill. We have recently moved to new shop front premises in the Gorbals. In Govanhill we work very closely with the Foodbank and carry out a surgery there. We also have a surgery at The Space who provide support services for EEA nationals living in Govanhill and the surrounding area.
We have around 2000 new cases each year and currently employ eight solicitors and two other caseworkers plus additional admin staff.
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The Law Centre is offering a training contract. This will be a two year fixed term appointment on standard legal traineeship terms.
The post will be subject to an open selection process. The Law Centre is an equal opportunities employer. We have a commitment to providing our services and making decisions about recruitment, selection, promotion, training or any other benefit objectively and without unlawful discrimination.
The Law Centre has three offices in south east Glasgow at Castlemilk, Toryglen and the Gorbals. The main location will be at Castlemilk.
This is a full time vacancy, however applications from people wishing to work an alternative working pattern will be considered.
The Law Centre will provide training in all of the areas of social welfare law in which it practices. This includes housing law, social security law, employment law and debt. It also includes other areas where we have experience such as community care law and women and children’s rights.
The legal traineeship will be provided in compliance with the regulations laid down by the Law Society of Scotland for legal trainees. In particular, the first year of the traineeship will involve education and training in the office and gaining familiarity with office practices and the general work of the Law Centre.
It will be expected that in the second year the trainee will apply for a restricted practicing certificate which will enable limited representation of clients before courts and tribunals.
Applicants must have a degree in Scots Law and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
Candidates must have an LL.B in Scots Law. Ideally, this should be an honours degree. Candidates without an honours degree should be able to demonstrate other evidence of strong intellectual ability, for example an honours degree in another subject, a post graduate degree or undergraduate year prizes.
Candidates also require to have completed a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice before commencing their traineeship.
During the interview process, it will be expected that candidates are able to provide evidence of the following:
The Law Centre has a commitment to providing its services and managing its staff without unlawful discrimination. We have a commitment to equality and diversity. This is a full time post, however applications from people wishing to work an alternative working pattern will be considered. If you have a disability, we will also ensure that we consider and implement any reasonable adjustments you may require to attend for interview or during the course of your employment, should you be successful in securing a post.
We have a commitment to complying with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
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