Policy Executive



Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in influencing the future shape of criminal justice in Scotland? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our External Relations team as a Policy Executive, £37,000 per annum.

The Team:

As the professional body for over 12,000 Scottish solicitors, the Law Society of Scotland seeks to lead legal excellence. Not only do we regulate the solicitor profession in the public interest, we provide services and support to help that profession thrive. We also play a key role to influence public policy decision making and create a fair and just society.

Our External Relations directorate covers communications, policy development, research and our international work. Our Policy Team aims to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society, responding to consultations, legislation and other policy developments at Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels. They support a range of specialist committees populated by volunteers who are experts in their fields, experienced practitioners or experts from across civic Scotland.

Our Policy executives work to analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law from the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments. In 2019/2020 we responded to 93 consultations across the Scottish and UK governments and the European Commission and commented on 36 bills passing through Holyrood and Westminster.

Policy executives working for us frequently give evidence at parliamentary committees, helping to ensure that new laws or changes to existing ones are clear and will work in practice.

As the criminal justice system looks to recover from the impact of the pandemic, the postholder will work closely with our Criminal Law committee to ensure that the needs of members through this recovery are effectively represented.

The Role:

Reporting to our Head of Policy, the successful candidate will:

  • Influence criminal justice and criminal law policy – as well as supporting wider policy areas
  • Work with volunteers on our policy committees in these areas to respond to consultations, legislation and other policy developments
  • Engage with UK and Scottish governments and a wide range of stakeholders on relevant policy developments affecting our members, their clients and the public interest

The role is offered on a permanent and full-time basis. Because of current public health restrictions, the role will involve remote working initially, and we will continue to offer flexibility to choose a balance of home/office working which suits you even when our office reopens.

The Candidate:

You will have a broad understanding of the issues affecting criminal law and practice in Scotland, either as a practitioner, academic, policy professional or through other experience.

You will be able to manage projects effectively, scoping, developing and implementing programmes of work. Working extensively with our expert committees and external stakeholders, you will be a fluent communicator, able to engage and collaborate to achieve positive change.

What will I receive in return?

  • 35 hour working week 
  • 25 (rising to 30 after 5 years’ service) days holiday plus Bank Holidays 
  • Flexitime 
  • Training and/or CPD is available for the successful candidate 

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 vacancies can be found on our website by clicking apply now. Please note that only applications submitted in the correct format will be considered.

This vacancy will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 22 September. It is anticipated that first interviews will be held during the following two weeks. All interviews will be via videoconference.

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No CVs or Agencies please.