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Legal Secretary

  • Full time
  • £27,528
  • Edinburgh / Hybrid working
  • Closing 17th December 2023

  • Advertised from 4th December 2023
  • Fixed term contract until 31st March 2024 (with the possibility of becoming permanent subject to funding)


Do you have proven experience of audio and copy typing, managing team diaries and setting up and maintaining filing systems, ideally in a legal service environment? Then join Shelter Scotland on a fixed-term contract as a Legal Secretary and you could soon be playing a vital support role within our Scottish Housing Law Service.

About Shelter Scotland

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet over a million people in Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter Scotland we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter Scotland and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the Team

Based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, but serving all of Scotland, our Scottish Housing Law Service is funded by the Scottish Government and Scottish Legal Aid Board. It also receives income through legal aid casework. This particular role is based at our Edinburgh office.

About the role

As a Legal Secretary, you’ll be responsible for audio and copy typing, including the typing of legal documents, often to tight deadlines. We’ll also rely on you to manage the team's diaries and assist with the running of seminars and training activities by producing training notes and publicising and administrating the courses. Dealing with telephone and written enquiries from clients, lawyers or Shelter staff, providing a reception service, sorting the post, helping to produce financial information and opening and closing files on our case management CRM system – all are aspects of this interesting and varied role.

About you

To succeed, you’ll need a demonstrable relevant background and good written and verbal communication skills, including a professional telephone manner. Experience of financial procedures would be useful, but isn’t as essential as proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, email and internet and the ability to deal confidentially and tactfully with sensitive information.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Application notes

To find out more and apply please visit our website

Closing date: 17th December 2023 at 11.30pm