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. Temporary Legal Secretary

    Location: Kilmarnock

    Salary: £9.00 p/h

    Category: Legal Secretary

    The Role:
    We are looking for a Legal Secretary to start immediately in a leading Law Firm in Kilmarnock.
    The firm is looking for someone on a temporary basis to help cover a period of absence for at least 1 month maybe more.
     
    Requirements:
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  2. Conveyancing Solicitor

    Location: Paisley

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Solicitor (PQE 1 + )

    Stafffinders are delighted to be looking for a Conveyancing Solicitor for a successful law firm based in Renfrewshire. This role is permanent and offers the luxury of a competitive salary and central location.  
    A busy role that includes working with other members of the team but will give responsibility for ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Conveyancing Paralegal

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Paralegal/legal executive

    Role- Conveyancing Solicitor
    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 ...

  5. Residential Conveyancing Secretary

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Legal Secretary

    We are seeking an experienced Residential Conveyancing Secretary for a five week period to assist with an increase in workload. This is a forward thinking and supportive organisation who pride themselves in what they do.
    You should be familiar with all types of residential conveyancing and should be up to ...

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