Advocate Jobs

Advocates give advice about legal cases to their professional clients and may represent clients in court. There are more than 400 Advocates in Scotland and Advocates need a degree in Scottish Law plus a postgraduate diploma. All Advocates must work for 21 months in a solicitor's office and serve nine and a half months' pupilage.

Many find it is a very competitive and often costly process, as at each stage of training there are more Advocate applicants than places, and once qualified Advocate can find it hard to secure a tenancy in chambers.

Responsibilities of an Advocate

Advocates are responsible for talking to professional people and are required to give written legal opinions. Many Advocates are responsible for reading law reports and witness statements to prepare for court cases. All legal Advocates are responsible for representing clients in court. They need to have academic ability and a good memory, excellent spoken communications skills and be confident and able to think logically.

The working hours are generally long, and most work evenings and weekends. Advocates work in offices called chambers. Their average salary is £32,500.

They are members of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh. Advocates who specialise in criminal work spend a lot of their time in court and many spend time travelling. They may find that after 10 to 15 years' experience they may apply ‘to take silk' (to become a Queen's Counsel), which is necessary to become a Court of Session judge or High Court judge.

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  1. Conveyancing Solicitor

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Solicitor (PQE 1 + )

    Role- Conveyancing Solicitor
    Location- Edinburgh
    Salary – Dependant on experience
    Do you have previous experience as a Conveyancing Solicitor who manages their own case loads from start to finish? Do you want to join an award-winning firm who like to think differently for their clients and staff?
    This move is available ...

  2. Conveyancing Paralegal

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Paralegal/legal executive

    Role- Conveyancing Paralegal
    Location- Edinburgh
    Salary – Dependant on experience
    Do you have previous experience as a Conveyancing Paralegal who manages their own case loads from start to finish? Do you want to join an award-winning Solicitors who like to think differently for their clients and staff?
    This move is available ...

  3. Residential Paralegal

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £25000 to £30000 p/a

    Category: Paralegal/legal executive

    Do you have previous experience as a Residential Paralegal and looking to move into a busy role where you deal with the transactional work from start to finish? You must have excellent organisational skills and the ability to plan and prioritise your own workload throughout a busy working day with ...

  4. Private Client- Paralegal

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Paralegal/legal executive

    Do you have previous experience as a Paralegal within a Private Client team supporting multiple partners? Are you now looking for a move into a busy role where you will supporting a large team of partners and their clients?
    Our client have a requirement for an experienced Private Client paralegal ...

  5. Paralegal- Commercial Real Estate

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Paralegal/legal executive

    Do you have previous experience as a Paralegal within a Commercial Real Estate team supporting multiple partners? Are you now looking for a move into a busy role where you will supporting multiple partners and their clients?
    Our client have a requirement for an experienced paralegal with previous experience of ...