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Remuneration:£268.66 per day 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:03 August 2018 at midday 

The Lord President of the Court of Session wishes to appoint 5 non-lawyer members to the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal (SSDT). The SSDT is an independent body which deals with serious disciplinary issues within the Scottish legal profession.

Non-lawyer members form an essential part of the SSDT. Successful applicants will be members of a tribunal which hear complaints of professional misconduct against individual solicitors and appeals in relation to unsatisfactory professional conduct findings made by the Law Society of Scotland. Successful applicants will, with solicitor members, participate in the decision-making process to consider matters referred to the SSDT.

More information on the work of the SSDT can be found at www.ssdt.org.uk

Tribunal hearings usually take place in Edinburgh and you may sit between 4 to 12 days a year. Members currently receive £268.66 to prepare for and attend a hearing, and expenses. Training is provided to members.

It is anticipated that these appointments will commence in 1 November 2018 for a period of five years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further period of five years.

These posts are appointments and not positions of employment.

The essential and desirable criteria for the appointment are as follows:

Essential Criteria:

Analytical ability – Able to review/analyse large quantities of written and oral material, extract key information and provide a logical and structured rationale on findings to reach a balanced and objective decision. 

Working with others – Flexible to the views of others with excellent listening skills and have the ability to reach decisions as part of a team.   Be able to argue and challenge a position objectively and effectively.

Judgement and decision making – The ability to display independent thinking, to be able to state and support own decision.  The ability to balance evidence, keep to the facts and apply objectivity.

Effective oral and written communication – The ability to question effectively and draw out relevant information.  The ability to take adequate notes of the proceedings and check the findings prepared.

Desirable Criteria:

Knowledge – A good knowledge of disciplinary procedures and related terminology and of consumer issues and related terminology. A good knowledge of the legal system would be useful.

To apply for this appointment please set out in writing using no more than 400 words per criterion, how your skills and knowledge (drawing on either your working or personal life) meet the essential and desirable criteria set out above. Please note that job titles etc. on their own will not be taken as evidence of meeting criteria.  Please include in your letter of application your contact details (full name, address, telephone number and email address).

Letters of application should be sent to:    
Edward McHugh
Deputy Legal Secretary to the Lord President
Lord President’s Private Office
Parliament House
11 Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RQ
or by email to

Eligibility to apply:  Solicitors, advocates, conveyancing practitioners, executry practitioners and persons with a right to conduct litigation or a right of audience are not eligible to apply as non-lawyer members.

There is no bar on non-British nationals applying for and being appointed to the board of NDPBs. However, you must be legally entitled to work in the UK.

The closing date for the return of applications is 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in September and October 2018. 

Further additional information is attached as an Appendix to this advert.

Application Information

For more information about the role, please contact the Tribunal Clerk on 01334 659088 or email enquiries@ssdt.org.uk

Additional Information

  1. Appendix