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Trainee Legal Adviser - The South West

💼 Graduate Job

Southampton +4

🤑 £32.8K - £37.2K
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  • Strong academic background, excellent communication skills, commitment to expanding legal knowledge, problem-solving ability, ability to think quickly in a busy court environment, confident and impartial decision-making, resilience under pressure, diplomatic and tactful approach, willingness to be security cleared.
  • The Trainee Legal Adviser in the South West will offer impartial legal advice, assist in case management hearings, and liaise with outside agencies involved in court work. They will work with integrity, empathy, and professionalism to ensure that all individuals in court are treated with humanity and respect.

Graduate Job

LegalSouthampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Bath, Plymouth


  • The role of the legal adviser is vital to the smooth running of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and is a highly rewarding position within our organisation. You’ll be surrounded by learning opportunities every day, so if you have a passion for law, this could be the right role for you.
  • You’re an excellent communicator with the ability to inspire confidence in everyone you work with and the self-assurance to speak in court. You’ve passed the academic stage of qualification to become a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales, or you’re a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You’re enthusiastic about the responsibility that comes with being on the front line of the justice system. And now you're ready to take your career to the next level and make a positive difference to society and the communities we live in.
  • Our work at HMCTS is vitally important to the smooth running of a fair, accessible and efficient justice system, as we are responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Right now, we’re looking for trainee legal advisers to join our exceptional legal team and develop the skills to provide magistrates with advice on points of law, practice and procedure, and assist with the formulation and drafting of the reasons behind their judgments.


  • In addition to your academic qualifications and excellent communication skills, you’ll be committed to increasing and maintaining your knowledge of the law. Open, approachable, professional and supportive, we’ll expect you to have excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think on your feet in a busy court. Important decisions will be made, and these can have a profound effect on the people who come to court, so you’ll be confident, impartial and capable of considering a wide range of risks and implications. Flexible and adaptable, and with a high degree of personal responsibility, there are times when you’ll be faced with challenging situations. With this in mind you’ll be resilient and remain calm under pressure and have a diplomatic and tactful approach to everyone you work with.
  • This is an office based/court based frontline role. You’ll be allocated to your work base location that has been agreed between yourself and line manager as part of the recruitment process
  • You’ll be allocated to your work base location that has been agreed between yourself and line manager as part of the recruitment process.
  • You’ll be expected to spend the duration of your training at your agreed base location to fulfil the demands of the training and the business needs in that location.
  • All our employees have to be security cleared before being appointed so you’ll undergo a vetting process if your application is successful.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Rather than acting for a client you’ll be offering impartial and objective legal advice, so you’ll need to be passionate about the law and the issues that must be considered when magistrates are delivering judgments and sentences.
  • Helping to conduct case management hearings will be another key part of your role, as will liaising with outside agencies who are involved in specialist court work. Once you’re qualified, you’ll act as the professional face of the court, so we’ll expect you to work with integrity, empathy and understanding, and ensure that everyone who attends is treated with humanity and respect at all times.


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Apr 22, 2024


Southampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Bath, Plymouth


32827 - 37174 GBP


Annual Leave:

  • Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
  • There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


  • The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


  • The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.