The Public Defence Solicitors’ Office (PDSO) is a national network of publicly funded solicitors operating from seven offices across Scotland providing criminal legal assistance.
Operating as a direct service of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB), we advise and represent clients, who are eligible for criminal legal aid, in relation to summary and solemn cases at every level and in Scotland’s busiest courts all over the country.
This is a 12 month contract with an opportunity of further extension within our Inverness office. The main purpose of the role is to manage criminal cases at all levels with a focus on duty solicitor work, both at courts and at police stations.
Speculative applications are also welcome for our other PDSO offices located around Scotland.
This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled, driven and self-motivated solicitor with demonstrable presentation skills, with the ability to influence and persuade others, verbally and in writing.
You should have sound judgmental skills and be able to evaluate information and courses of action to reach logical and objective decisions about what is most likely to lead to the desired results. You should also have good planning and organising skills to be able to achieve results in a qualitative, timely and cost-effective way. Be able to set priorities and plan the efficient use of resources in order to monitor progress against objectives.
Please note that all candidates are required to hold a full, post-qualified and unrestricted practising certificate from the Law Society of Scotland, a valid driving licence and should have at least one year of criminal court experience in Scots Law and (desirably) experience in advising and assisting suspects in police detention.