Trainee Legal Adviser

Type: Trainee
Region: Yorkshire and The Humber

Trainee Legal Adviser – The North East

  • Salary £32,827 pa (National) and £37,174 pa (London)

The role of the legal adviser is vital to the smooth running of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and is a highly rewarding position within our organisation. You ll be surrounded by learning opportunities every day, so if you have a passion for law, this could be the right role for you.

You re an excellent communicator with the ability to inspire confidence in everyone you work with and the self-assurance to speak in court. You ve passed the academic stage of qualification to become a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales, or you re a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You re enthusiastic about the responsibility that comes with being on the front line of the justice system. And now you’re ready to take your career to the next level and make a positive difference to society and the communities we live in.

Our work at HMCTS is vitally important to the smooth running of a fair, accessible and efficient justice system, as we are responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Right now, we re looking for trainee legal advisers to join our exceptional legal team and develop the skills to provide magistrates with advice on points of law, practice and procedure, and assist with the formulation and drafting of the reasons behind their judgments.

Learn new legal skills as you develop your career

When you join us as a trainee legal adviser, you ll quickly discover that this isn t your normal 9 to 5 role, as no two days are the same. You ll learn new skills every day as you work at pace in a fast-moving, fluid environment, and help to keep the courts running smoothly and efficiently. Working on everything from minor motoring offences to serious crimes, you ll be supported and mentored throughout your two-year training period. Once you ve completed this, you ll then have the opportunity to further develop your legal career within HMCTS.

Work as the qualified, professional face of the courts

Rather than acting for a client you ll be offering impartial and objective legal advice, so you ll need to be passionate about the law and the issues that must be considered when magistrates are delivering judgments and sentences.

Helping to conduct case management hearings will be another key part of your role, as will liaising with outside agencies who are involved in specialist court work. Once you re qualified, you ll act as the professional face of the court, so we ll expect you to work with integrity, empathy and understanding, and ensure that everyone who attends is treated with humanity and respect at all times.

Apply all your skills as you increase your knowledge of the law

In addition to your academic qualifications and excellent communication skills, you ll be committed to increasing and maintaining your knowledge of the law. Open, approachable, professional and supportive, we ll expect you to have excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think on your feet in a busy court. Important decisions will be made, and these can have a profound effect on the people who come to court, so you ll be confident, impartial and capable of considering a wide range of risks and implications. Flexible and adaptable, and with a high degree of personal responsibility, there are times when you ll be faced with challenging situations. With this in mind you ll be resilient and remain calm under pressure and have a diplomatic and tactful approach to everyone you work with.

This is an office based/court based frontline role. You ll be allocated to your work base location that has been agreed between yourself and line manager as part of the recruitment process.

You ll be expected to spend the duration of your training at your agreed base location to fulfil the demands of the training and the business needs in that location.

All our employees have to be security cleared before being appointed so you ll undergo a vetting process if your application is successful.

Enjoy a healthy work/life balance with our range of benefits

When you join us, you ll be making an important contribution to HM Courts and Tribunals Service but how will we help you in return?

In addition to a competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement and a Civil Service pension, we ll support your development with training opportunities to help you advance your career with us. We also understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance and with this in mind we offer flexible working schemes, paid maternity and paternity leave and excellent childcare benefits.

The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so you ll always know you re welcome and valued. We have strong and proactive staff networks, reasonable adjustments for those who need them and diversity talent programmes to help everyone, irrespective of their background, to achieve their potential.

If this sounds like you, use our online application form to apply for the role of the trainee legal adviser.

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