Friday, May 23, 2008

MacAskill seeks Head of Investigations for 'independent' lawyers complaints commission

The new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, which is currently under investigation over allegations of sleaze in ministerial appointments made by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, is advertising for the position of "Head of Investigations".

Goodness ... could it be that yet another connected with the legal profession in some nefarious way will get the fat cat £1400 per week salaried position ?

If you feel like earning £1400 per week for whitewashing investigating lawyers, call or email Kenny MacAskil ... £1400 per week could help with that heavy mortgage or 4th house in the sun ....

Scottish Government - Head of Investigations


At times, we all have to put our trust in the legal profession. If we're disappointed with the results, confidence in the whole justice system suffers.

That's why with the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act (2007), The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) has been established. The Commission will replace all functions of the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman as well as some complaints areas of the Law Society of Scotland. The Commission has been created to receive, investigate and resolve complaints made against legal practitioners and brings together the powerful combination of Commissioners from both the legal profession and the general public. The Commission will deliver an independent resolution of complaints without delay and effectively.

The Commission will be based in Edinburgh, will commence in October 2008 and will employ around 45 staff. Before we start work we need to build our management team. We need people with the vision, determination and drive to lead our people, achieve objectives and play a central role in making a real impact for the people of Scotland.

Head of Investigations (HoI)
Salary Band £58,599 to £72,717 pa

This is a crucial role in the Commission and requires to be filled by a candiate of the highest calibre to work within the Senior Management Team.

The principal function of the HoI will be the efficient management of the Investigations Operations Team numbering around 30 employees and ensuring that policy and processes are delivered in line with stated objectives and that caseload key performance indicators are met and exceeded. The HoI will be come involved in specific cases that are atypical because they are unususal or precedential. As HoI you will line manage the team of Investigation Team Managers who in turn manage Complaints Investigators and Support Officers. The role requires that you ensure that systems are robust and respond to process change requirements where necessary and to advise the Chief Executive Officer accordingly. The HoI will also manage our Mediation and Gateway Teams.

You will have experience in complaints handling and be professional qualified. The role demands an individual with excellent organisational skills, a skilful communicator at Board and team level and a sharp analytical mind to exercise sound judgement. The ability to handle complex and sensitive issues and to produce reports and the interpretation of data is essential. You will have a track record of significant achievement.

You will be highly motivated and enjoy the challenge of working in an environment that requires adherence to process, the speedy yet consistent turnaround of legal complaints whilst continuing to develop systems to suit the ongoing needs of the Commission.

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

To download an application form and job description and find out more about the SLCC visit our website at :

Application forms can also be obtained by telephoning Julie Muir on 0131 224 8242.

To apply for this role please send your CV, application form and covering letter to: or apply in writing to: Julie Muir, SLCC Project Team, 2nd Floor West, St Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG.

Closing date for applications: Friday 6 June 2008


Anonymous said...

Seems like a job for Douglas "Hitler" Mills once he resigns from law Society.

What is the bets someone from Law Society gets this job or some fatcat lawyer.

SLCC already has many members from the old Law Society complaints fraternity, Time they were out.

Independent My Erse.

Anonymous said...

SNP gravy train is alive and well then!