Peer reviewers wanted for Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee (QAC)

Solicitors and non-solicitors with an interest in civil legal aid and regulation are invited to join the Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee (QAC).

The appointments are for three years and will commence as below:

  • Two lay members: March 2024 and May 2024
  • One solicitor and one solicitor Convener: November 2024.

Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate interest in and/or experience of quality assurance and/or Scots Law
  • Have basic knowledge of the Civil Legal Assistance Quality Assurance Scheme
  • Understand the twin duties owed to profession and public
  • Have excellent communications skills and interpersonal skills
  • Possess confidence to challenge and test decisions
  • Have previous experience of Committee work, in either the private or public sector (advantageous).

In addition, the Convener should:

  • be a solicitor with experience within the previous 24 months of undertaking civil legal assistance work for clients in private practice
  • have chairing skills
  • have presentation and media skills
  • possess  knowledge and experience in civil law and the civil legal assistance systems
  • possess knowledge of the Quality Assurance Scheme and the Law Society of Scotland’s delegated powers.

The QAC was created as part of the Quality Assurance Scheme in 2003 and is responsible for monitoring the work carried out by firms offering Civil Legal Assistance. Since that time, the Committee has established and supervised the peer review process on behalf of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.

The scheme is a joint operation of the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Legal Aid Board, governed by the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

Full information about the background to the sub-committee, the roles, applicant requirements and how to apply are available on the Society’s Committee vacancies website (external link).

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