As an advocatesâ€™ clerk, you would organise the administration and workload for a group or â€˜stableâ€™ of advocates (the equivalent of barristers in England and Wales).
Your day-to-day tasks would depend on your level of experience, but might include:
- taking books and papers to and from court
- filing, photocopying and dealing with letters and phone calls
- dealing withÂ invoices,Â payments and accounts
- organising the law library
- researching information to help advocates prepare for cases
- arranging meetings with solicitors and clients
- negotiating advocatesâ€™ fees
- recommending the most suitable advocate for a particular case
- managing each advocateâ€™s diary and organising their court appearances
- recruiting and training junior clerks
- promoting and marketing the practice to attract new business.
Each stable of advocates is managed by one clerk and also employs a small number ofÂ deputy clerks.
What qualifications and experience will employers look for?
To become an advocates’ clerk you will need a minimum of Higher English, although many stablesÂ will prefer you to haveÂ three to five HighersÂ including English. A growing number ofÂ advocates’ clerks have an SQAÂ HNC/HND or degree in law.
YouÂ may have an advantageÂ withÂ experience inÂ court administration, legal secretarial work, accounts or management.
What further training and development can I do?
You wouldÂ start as a deputy clerk in an advocates’ stable.
You would be trainedÂ on the job under the supervision of an experienced clerk. Your employer may also arrange short training coursesÂ from time to time.