Solicitor – Orkney Islands Council


Solicitor (Ref: ORK03492)

35 hours per week
Temporary up to 31 March 2021
£40,370 to £42,706 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

Orkney lies eight miles north of the Scottish mainland and is the smallest local authority in Scotland. There is a strong cultural life and visitors world-wide are attracted to the scenery, history and archaeology. Orkney is home to a cosmopolitan community of about 20,000 residents and, among its many attributes, offers a safe environment, excellent educational and recreational facilities, a community spirit, and an exceptional quality of life.

Orkney Islands Council is looking for an enthusiastic and committed professional to carry out a variety of duties as part of our legal team.

The post will suit a candidate with a particular interest in social care law, planning law or education law, but also a willingness to deal with any other areas of work allocated by the Head of Legal Services. The post provides an excellent chance to develop further experience across other areas of work that Orkney Islands Council covers.

The post may suit a candidate who is currently employed as a solicitor at another local authority or in private practice and who is interested in a secondment at Orkney Islands Council.

You should hold a law degree (LLB) and a Diploma in Legal Practice or Diploma in Professional Legal Practice or equivalent. You also should be a qualified solicitor holding (or eligible to hold) an unrestricted Practising Certificate issued by the Law Society of Scotland.

You should have the experience to work under limited supervision, with well-developed communication and IT skills and must have a working knowledge of relevant legislation.

This post is subject to Standard Disclosure Scotland clearance.

If you would like to talk over how you might meet this challenge, please contact Gavin Mitchell, Head of Legal Services, on 01856 873535.

Further information is available from, and online applications can be made through

Closing date: Sunday 11 August 2019

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post in accordance with Council Policy.