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Advocates Clerk Scotland Profile

Advocates Clerk Scotland Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Advocates Clerk Scotland. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Advocates Clerk Scotland
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Advocates Clerk Scotland Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Advocates clerks organise the workload and day-to-day business in the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh. The clerks role and responsibilities increase with experience.

A deputy clerk's duties include negotiating fees in straightforward cases, preparing accounts, posting invoices and collecting fees, filing, photocopying and answering the phone.

A senior clerk is responsible for the work, recruitment and training of junior clerks and clerical staff. They liase with solicitors and seek to establish good relationships with them. They use their familiarity with previous cases and knowledge of the expertise of each advocate to recommend particular advocates for a case.

Other duties include estimating the amount of work involved in a case and scheduling court commitments.

Hours and Environment

Clerks normally work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, depending on the type of case, hours could be longer and more irregular.

The work is office based, sharing with two or three other clerks in the Advocates Library at Parliament House in Edinburgh. Formal business dress is expected.

Skills and Interests

As an advocates clerk, you should:

  • be confident when meeting people
  • be able to work with diplomacy and tact
  • be able to work flexibly
  • have good teamworking skills
  • be professional with a businesslike manner
  • be aware of confidentiality issues
  • be well organised
  • have excellent IT skills.


It is usual to start this work straight from school, at 17 to 18 years of age, or after a several years experience in legal or general business environment.

The minimum entry requirement is Higher Grade English; however, appointments may be made at graduate level. You would also be expected to be numerate and have computer skills.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
It is unusual to see more mature entrants training as advocates clerks. Occasionally, however, mature candidates with experience in business management, administration, or legal work may be recruited directly as clerks.


Most training takes place on the job under the supervision of an experienced clerk. You may be encouraged to attend further short training courses from time to time.


The profession is very small and opportunities are limited. There are only twelve 'stables' or groups of advocates, each with an advocates' clerk. In total, there are a further 18 deputy advocates' clerks. They are all employed by Faculty Services Ltd, a company providing support services to advocates. One advocates’ clerk and one or two deputies normally work for 30-40 advocates. The promotion route is from deputy clerk to clerk and jobs are advertised in the Edinburgh press.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary rates for advocates' clerks start at around £15,630 a year.
Experienced clerks earn around £24,570.

Deputy clerks are paid overtime if they work more than 35 hours a week.

Further information:

Faculty Services Ltd
The Personnel Manager
Advocates Library
Parliament House
Tel: 0131 260 5636

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Other Useful Advocates Clerk Scotland Work Information

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