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  • Ref no: SFRS01470
  • Published: 26/3/2020
  • Closes: 19/4/2020
  • Location: SFRS Service Delivery Area West HQ, Bothwell Road, Hamilton, ML3 0EA
  • Salary: £34,284.00 - £37,805.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

This position has expired.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to invite applications for the post of Solicitor, based in Bothwell Road, Hamilton on a fixed term contract (12 months).  This is a full-time opportunity, working 35 hours per week. This post could suit a newly qualified solicitor or someone considering a secondment. 


This is a key role working as part of a small, but busy Legal Services Team.  Reporting to the Legal Services Manager and working alongside a Paralegal, you will be required to deliver a comprehensive range of multi-disciplinary legal services to the SFRS.  In particular, legal work associated with Litigation (Sheriff Court/Court of Session/Employment Tribunals/ Fatal Accident Inquiries) and Enforcement (Prosecutions. Willingness to assist in all functions of the Legal Team is essential.


Possession of a Degree (LLB) in Scots Law or equivalent, a Diploma in legal Practice or equivalent  depending upon year of qualification (e.g. PEAT 1 and PEAT 2), a current Practicing Certificate (unrestricted) issued by the Law Society of Scotland are all essential, as is litigation experience and the undertaking Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation, providing Legal Advice (including Data Protection/Freedom of Information Requests), Legal Drafting (especially Court documents) and Advocacy Skills (including experience of representation at Employment Tribunals). The post holder will require to have a flexible attitude, capacity to work under pressure with excellent communication and influencing skills.  Flexibility in working arrangements and ability to drive is highly desirable as post holder will be required to travel throughout Scotland.


Please see Job Description for the full criteria for the role.


Full details of the role and our recruitment process can be found in the attached information pack. 


Salary on appointment will normally be at the lower salary point, with progression subject to regular review - in line with the SFRS performance appraisal arrangements.  A higher salary placing will be considered in exceptional circumstances subject to experience demonstrated.


This post is also subject to the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exemptions) Scotland Order 2013. Therefore the successful candidate's will be subject to a Standard Disclosure record check through Disclosure Scotland.


Please note, this post has been determined as politically restricted, further information is available in the Recruitment information Pack.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all sectors of the community. In addition, we are committed to being a “Disability Confident Employer” and will ensure that all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role are invited for interview.


If you would like to apply in a different format, please telephone Emma Thomson on 01698 402271 or email

Please note, a fully completed application form must be submitted as SFRS do not accept CVs in support of applications for employment.

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