Solicitors Regulation Authority – Adjudicator (Lawyer, Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive)

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Contract Type  

PermanentWorking Pattern  

Full time – flexible working may be consideredWorking Hours  

35 hoursSalary  

£45,000 – 48,710 depending on knowledge, skills and experienceLocation Options  

Hybrid – home based and BirminghamFunction Type  

Legal

The role

We are looking to appoint an adjudicator to make regulatory decisions for us on a broad range of work.

You must be either: a solicitor, barrister, chartered legal executive or have the equivalent legal professional status, with an entitlement to practise in England and Wales. You will also have significant experience in an environment where decision-making is required.

This role needs someone who has deep skills, experience and judgement to reach reasoned and accurate decisions quickly. Our decisions require a detailed analysis of complex, technical, and often large amounts of information and evidence. You must demonstrate that you have sound and objective judgment and strong analytical skills.

You will be required to make regulatory decisions using a range of powers contained in legislation, the SRA standards and regulations and guidance. This is intended to ensure decisions are robust, achieve fairness and enhance the objectivity and balance of decision-making within the SRA.

Additionally, you will identify ways to improve the quality of decision making, deliver internal training and input into projects as required.

What we are looking for

We are looking for you to demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and experience. In your application you must provide examples to support each of the criteria listed below.

  • solicitor, legal executive, barrister or equivalent legal qualification with an entitlement to practise in England and Wales.
  • decision making: ability to conduct effective evidence-based decision making, making sound and independent judgments through weighing facts and evidence, analysing and critically evaluating large volumes of complex information.
  • interpersonal skills: able to gain the respect of others, build and maintain relationships. Confident to challenge opinions, work collaboratively and influence others to reach sound decisions.
  • public protection and wider values: a commitment to protecting the public, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Accountable for the decisions you make.
  • written and oral communication skills: able to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of individuals, varying the approach as necessary.
  • writing decisions: the ability to draft clear, logical, and well-reasoned decisions which accurately and concisely document, analyse and summarise the evidence and issues.
  • time and organisational management: organise and plan your workload. Take proactive steps to ensure written decisions are finalised at the earliest opportunity and no later than stipulated deadlines. Work on your own initiative and keep people updated.

Useful and additional Information

At the bottom of the advert, you will find attached the role profile, applicant information pack and a ‘A day in the life of’ document. These will help you understand in more detail the responsibilities of the role and what it looks like from a perspective of an Adjudicator.

This is a full time hybrid role and will be based in our Birmingham office 1 to 2 days a week, and from home the rest of the week.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in this advert or on our website, please contact us via: recruitment@sra.org.uk

To apply

Please refer to the applicant information pack and the essential criteria for the role before completing your application.

You are required to upload a CV of not more than two A4 pages and a supporting statement of not more than 1000 words addressing the essential criteria by clicking the apply button at the bottom of the advert. Your statement should provide examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed under the ‘What we are looking for’ section above. Please provide specific examples in your supporting statement as this will be used to shortlist your application.

To find out more about the recruitment and selection process and how to make the most of your application, please visit our jobs pages.

Closing date for applications is at 09:00 on 17 July 2023   

If you are shortlisted for the role, a staff engagement exercise will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams on 8 and 9 August 2023. A technical assessment and interview will take place in our Birmingham office on 14 and 17 August 2023.

If your application is successful, we will contact you to let you know what to expect.

The SRA is the independent regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, protecting consumers and supporting the rule of law and the administration of justice. We do this by overseeing all education and training requirements necessary to practise as a solicitor, licensing individuals and firms to practise, setting the standards of the profession and regulating and enforcing compliance against these standards.

We offer an inclusive, supportive and friendly working environment and the chance to develop your career within a professional organisation. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of staff, helping everyone to strike a good balance between personal and professional life.

Additionally, we provide a generous flexible benefits package, including gym membership with a tax only cost, an excellent defined contribution pension scheme and an additional 3% of annual basic salary upon successful completion of probation.

For more information and to apply please visit https://sra.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-2/brand-4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/3216-Adjudicator-Lawyer-Solicitor-Barrister-or-Chartered-Legal-Executive/en-GB

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Diversity and inclusion is central to everything we do. We are actively committed to promoting and participating in good practice in the way that we attract, recruit and retain staff.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self to work because we appreciate the value that a truly diverse workforce brings to an organisation. We celebrate difference, recognising the benefits this brings to our inclusive culture, including age, disability, gender identity and expression, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation and socio economic background.

 We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, a member of ENEI, a disability confident employer and we are happy to talk flexible working.

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