Alongside our legal aid casework, the Law Centre is part funded by Dundee City Council to provide a range of community outreach, legal advice, and representation services. Dundee Community Law Limited is a Limited Liability Partnership and a Practice Unit licensed by the Law Society of Scotland. Our solicitors are regulated by the Law Society of Scotland, and we provide legal services to the charity Dundee Law Centre.
We strive to tackle poverty and help people to exercise their legal rights. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people by representation through the legal process. Our solicitors work alongside community-based advice agencies, providing them with legal support to help their clients.
Our services are very much in demand, and we are expanding our team as a result. This solicitor will be responsible for taking on and managing a varied caseload to meet the Law Centre’s contractual and performance targets. We are particularly looking for solicitors who are interested in social welfare law and have experience of working with vulnerable clients. However, this role would suit candidates who are seeking a change in direction, and who what to make a real difference by using their legal knowledge and experience. Candidates must also be able to maintain excellent working relationships with a dedicated support administrative team.
You will have the ability, and confidence to manage a caseload mainly comprising of housing law (repossession, homelessness, eviction, domestic abuse in housing – not criminal work - and disrepair), welfare benefits and debt work. Previous experience of social welfare law is preferred but not necessary as full training can be provided. A desire to make a difference and a passion for helping people to understand their legal rights is vital in this role. The successful candidate will be working with other experienced solicitors who are keen to support their new colleague.
You will be experienced in Scottish Legal Aid and its required quality assurance framework.
You will understand the needs of vulnerable and complex clients and be able to communicate legal concepts clearly and in plain English.
You will be a confident court practitioner with excellent technical skills, and the ability to focus these where you can make the biggest difference. This is a varied and exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated team and do something that really matters.
You will have a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience and a full current practicing certificate from the Law Society of Scotland. The ability to drive and having your own car will be useful in the role although not essential.
33 days to include 8 days fixed public holidays
Salary: £33,000 annual
Dundee Law Centre is committed to offering equal opportunities to all persons and that all employees have a duty to promote and comply with our equal opportunities policy.
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Applications close: 20th December 2021
Dundee Law Centre has been assisting the people of Dundee with their legal issues for nearly 30 years. Our overall objective is to combat poverty and homelessness by providing free, accessible, confidential, quality advice and representation to assist clients to pursue their legal rights, within a framework of equality, education, respect and opportunity.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.