Chair, Fitness to Practise Panel

We are looking to recruit five or six additional chairs for our Fitness to Practise Panel hearings. This important role contributes to the work of the Scottish Social Services Council, which is responsible for protecting and enhancing the safety and welfare of people who use social services and maintaining public confidence in the social service workforce.

As chair, you will take part in hearings and make decisions about workers’ fitness to practise. You will provide legal advice and chair the hearings to make sure the hearings are both legally compliant and fair. You will be expected to apply the Nine Principles of Public Life to your work.

To be eligible for this role you must currently be practising as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland and have extensive litigation experience in regulatory, civil or criminal law. You must also have practised as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland for a period of at least ten years.

Hearings are usually held at our offices in Dundee or online. On occasion hearings may be held in other locations throughout Scotland. Chairs will be paid a daily rate of £600 (exclusive of VAT). There will be no additional payment for travel or subsistence expenses in connection with hearings (although certain expenses will be authorised in relation to hearings taking place outwith Dundee).

The time commitment varies depending on the number of hearings and the number and availability of chairs. Chairs need to be available for between 15 and 30 days each year. The appointment is for a period of three years with a potential for extension for up to a further four years.

To find out more and to apply, visit our website at:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 7 March 2021.

Interviews and assessment: from 29 to 31 March 2021.

Mandatory training dates: 7 and 8 June 2021.