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Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant- Scotland Covid19 Inquiry

A unique opportunity to support a large scale and, high-profile statutory Public Inquiry investigating Scotland's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are looking for several skilled and enthusiastic individuals to join a project team which will undertake a significant review and analysis of evidence. The ideal candidates will have a flexible and adaptable approach to work.

You will directly support the Solicitor to the Inquiry and a team of deputy and assistant solicitors as well as assisting Counsel on the Inquiry's investigativeworkstreams.

The Inquiry's Terms of Reference can be found at:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with a team of solicitors and Counsel to engage in a project to consider and analyse voluminous and complex evidence for use by the legal and Counsel team in their investigations.

  • Carrying out other tasks required by the inquiry, including providing cover for the wider team of paralegals.

  • Attending and participating in regular project planning meetings to discuss the project, as required.

Essential Criteria

  • Ability to carry out tasks independently with minimum oversight, remaining calm under pressure.

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and in line with legal requirements and the ability to prioritise, organise, manage, store and retrieve information effectively

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent analytical and research skills and experience of using these in a legal context.

  • Ability to take accurate notes and action points of complex meetings.

  • Excellent attention to detail ensuring accuracy in all work undertaken

Desirable Skills

  • Good knowledge of Scots Law, the role would suit those with an LLB or in their final year of a Law degree.

  • May suit those with paralegal experience.


Communications and Engagement

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills.

You will have the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with all members of the Inquiry Team, as well as good awareness of how communications with stakeholders should operate.

It is essential that you produce clear, well-structured written work and be able to explain your work verbally.


You will be a self-starter, able to demonstrate a resilient, positive and flexible approach to meet the demands of a fast-moving and challenging environment.

You will be able to work effectively in a team and use your own initiative, with a proactive and flexible approach.

You will be able to work under pressure and to prioritise to meet tight deadlines as they arise.

Analysis and Use of Evidence

You will have excellent analytical skills to analyse and interpret complex information.

You will need to research and organise robust information from a variety of sources to support conclusions.

Other Information

Since the Inquiry is being held under the Inquiries Act 2005 it is independent of the Scottish Government.

Salary and terms of appointment

You will be expected to work 37 hours a week.

The role will last 6-8 months.

You will be paid the salary of a B1 officer, which pro-rata currently equates to an annual salary of £31,140.

The Inquiry is based in Edinburgh and we work a hybrid model.

You may be required to work one or two days a week in the office, while working the remainder of time at home.