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Advocates’ Clerk (Scotland) CV Writing Service

Advocates’ Clerk (Scotland) CV Writing Service

As an advocates’ clerk, you would organise the administration and workload for a group (also known as ‘a stable’) of advocates. Advocates are the equivalent of barristers in England and Wales.

You will need good spoken and written communication skills. You would need to have excellent organisational and time-management skills. At all times you’ll need to have a professional manner.

To be an advocates’ clerk you will need a minimum of Higher English. A growing number of clerks have an SQA HNC/HND or a degree in law.

The work

Your day-to-day tasks would depend on your level of experience, but might include:

  • taking books and papers to and from court
  • filing, photocopying and dealing with letters and phone calls
  • dealing with invoices, payments and accounts
  • organising the law library
  • researching information to help advocates prepare for cases
  • arranging meetings with solicitors and clients
  • negotiating advocates’ fees
  • recommending the most suitable advocate for a particular case
  • managing each advocate’s diary and organising their court appearances
  • recruiting and training junior clerks
  • promoting and marketing the practice to attract new business.

Each stable of advocates is managed by one clerk and also employs a small number of deputy clerks.


Hours

You would typically work standard office hours, Monday to Friday, although your hours may occasionally be longer if your advocates are working on a complex case.

Most clerks are based in Edinburgh, with a small number employed in Glasgow. You would spend some of your time visiting court and solicitors’ offices. Formal business dress is expected.


Income

Salaries for deputy clerks are usually around £22,000 to £28,000 a year. Senior clerks earn £28,000 to £40,000 a year. Deputy clerks are paid overtime if they work more than 35 hours a week.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.


Entry requirements

To be an advocates’ clerk you will need a minimum of Higher English, although many stables will prefer you to have three to five Highers including English. A growing number of advocates’ clerks have an SQA HNC/HND or a degree in law.

You may have an advantage if you have experience in court administration, legal secretarial work, accounts or management.


Training and development

You would start as a deputy clerk in an advocates’ stable. You would be trained while working under the supervision of an experienced clerk. Your employer may also arrange short training courses from time to time.


Skills and knowledge

To become an advocates’ clerk, you will need

  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • a professional manner
  • tact and respect for confidential information
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • willingness to work long hours when necessary
  • the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • computer skills
  • good negotiation and financial skills, for senior jobs.

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