Heritable Court Lay Representative (Shelter)

£22,562 pa + excellent benefits
Closing date: 13 February 2019 at 11.30pm. Interviews: 20 February 2019.

Do you have a good understanding of the legislation and common law related to housing and experience of civil court procedures and representation? Then join Shelter as a Heritable Court Lay Representative and you could soon be providing a vital specialist legal casework service, including advice and representation, in housing law

Housing has become a national emergency that affects all of us. At Shelter Scotland, we believe a safe home isn’t just a fundamental need – it should be a right. That’s why, more than ever, this year and beyond we are leading the way to a safe home. We’re going to rally the country to join us on our mission to rise up, speak with a united voice, pick up the pieces and fix the underlying problem. Will you join our Aberdeen Community Hub and help us?

Funded by Aberdeen City Council and Shelter Scotland, the Hub operates a regular drop in service where staff provide the public with specialist advice. There’s also an information station where clients can access digital services. Our goal is to makes Shelter Scotland visible within the local community, making it clear that we are available both locally and nationally.

About the role

A challenging role servicing the Aberdeen City Council area, it also forms part of a contract with the local authority. Your main focus will be on providing support, advice and representation at court to Defenders in actions of eviction for rent arrears. Working under the supervision of our Aberdeen Community Hub Manager and alongside our Housing Advisor and Money & Debt Advisor, you’ll build defence cases before attending Aberdeen Sheriff court to represent unrepresented Defenders. We’ll also count on you to receive referrals of cases from internal and external sources and provide advice and representation in those cases too. And, when it comes to training staff or supporting the development of Shelter’s policy and legislative responses, again, we’ll rely on you to play your part.

About you

Your proven experience to date has given you a good understanding of Summary Cause court procedures and rules and the ability to construct and state a case, both orally and in writing. Results driven, client focused and with great influencing skills, you have a collaborative approach and respect for others opinions too. You’re also adept at managing your own caseload and meeting casework targets, What’s more, you’re proficient using a case management system and know your way round Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Email and Internet.

Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.

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.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter Scotland 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.

For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website.


At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.


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