Law Society of Scotland – Regulation Solicitor

An exciting opportunity has arisen with the Regulation Directorate for a Regulation Solicitor on a six-month FTC to deliver ABS for the Scottish legal services sector, £57,000.00pa

The Team:

You would be joining the directorate that is responsible for regulation of all Scottish solicitors and working directly with the Executive Director of Regulation and other senior colleagues across the Law Society to finalise our implementation of ABS in Scotland. The Regulation Directorate is a dynamic and dedicated group of around 45 people who are passionate about proportionate, risk-based and fair regulation of Scottish solicitors.

This is an important and rewarding role. You will be busy and play a key role in creating and implementing a new regulatory regime for licensed legal service providers under the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010. The Society was authorised as an Approved Regulator for Licensed Providers of legal services (LPs) in December 2021. That authorisation was granted on the basis of an overarching Regulatory Scheme. The Regulatory Scheme is a high level, principles based document. Work is now required to complete the detailed policies, processes, systems and documents that sit underneath the Regulatory Scheme before we can open our doors for applications from prospective LPs. Every Directorate/Team in the Society is involved in this work. You will have the opportunity to use your skills and experience to shape the role and how our work is done. 

The Role:

This role reports into the Executive Director of Regulation. You will mainly be responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the Society in relation to the Licensed Provider Regulatory Scheme under the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010. You will also be the project lead for the creation of the detailed policies, processes, systems and documents that sit underneath the Regulatory Scheme and help to roll out those new processes and systems. You will have a unique opportunity to help create an entirely new regulatory and member support regime.

You will also advise our committees on the new regulatory regime, report to our Board and Council when required and liaise with key external stakeholders, including the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

The Candidate:

The role is open to a solicitor qualified in the UK with a proven track record of successfully delivering projects and a deep understanding of change management. As well as relevant legal experience, you will ideally have experience of working in a compliance, risk or regulatory role in a professional services organisation, other regulated entity or at a regulator. Agile Project Management qualifications would be an added bonus.

We are looking for a motivated, dynamic and high performing team player with experience of leading cross-functional project teams. Someone who can combine their excellent technical skills with an outstanding ability to deliver change and communicate to a wide variety of audiences with different interests. You will have a “can do” , positive attitude and relish the challenge of delivering solutions. Someone who is resilient and is adaptable in a fast-paced environment. The role would suit someone with experience of working in a regulatory environment.

What will I receive in return?

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to support our colleague’s professional and personal needs, which includes

  • a 35 hour working week
  • a flexi-time system that allows you to adjust your hours of work on a 4 weekly basis
  • flexible working, to allow you to work around your lifestyle and commitments. We also offer enhanced payment for family friendly policies after two years’ service
  • generous annual leave of 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 30 days holiday a year after 5 years’ service
  • a range of Health and Wellbeing benefits including our Employee Assistance Programme which offers confidential counselling and information services, a childcare voucher scheme, a generous sick pay scheme, a bike-to-work scheme and a free life assurance scheme
  • opportunities to learn and develop through our training opportunities to enhance your skills or through programmes leading to a professional or academic qualification
  • a competitive pension provision scheme

You’ll join an award-winning organisation, officially recognised as a great place to work! We are very proud to

  • hold an Investors in People Silver accreditation
  • hold a Gold Healthy Working Lives award
  • be a Living Wage Employer

Please visit our website for more information on how we reward our colleagues through our unrivalled pay and benefits package.

As an organisation our values are respect, openness, progress, inclusion and integrity. We strive to embed these in all our interactions with colleagues, members, stakeholders and members of the public.

Further information on the vacancy can be found on our website https://www.lawscot.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us/current-vacancies/

Please note that only applications submitted in the correct format will be considered.

This vacancy will close at 12 noon on 9 May 2022. It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week commencing 16 May 2022.

All interviews will be via video conference.

No CVs or Agencies please.

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