Solicitor job descriptions: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Provide me with copies of Job Descriptions for Solicitors in Scottish Government.


I enclose a copy of the information you requested.

Job Descriptions for solicitors in the Scottish Government Legal Directorate can vary depending on the area they are working in and each particular role. However there are some general activity descriptors which apply to all qualified lawyers in the Scottish Government Legal Directorate and these include:

  • Have a knowledge of law as it affects government in Scotland;
  • Provide legal advice in the areas covered by their team;
  • Provide legal advice at all levels of the organisation, including directly to senior officials and Ministers;
  • Have responsibility for identifying and assessing risk and make recommendations to manage risk as part of their role in providing legal advice;
  • Work flexibly with and support other lawyers
  • Must adhere to Law Society requirements.

I have also enclosed a copy of a job advert that has been used in the past for Scottish Government external lawyer recruitments.

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