Faculty of Advocates &
Faculty Services Limited
Faculty of Advocates
The Faculty of Advocates is a body of independent lawyers who have
been admitted to practise as Advocates before the Courts of Scotland.
Faculty Records date as far back as 1532 when the College of Justice
was established by an Act of the Scottish Parliament, though its
origins are believed to predate that event.
Faculty Services Limited
Faculty Services Limited, set up by the Faculty of Advocates in
1971, provides subscribers with a comprehensive range of facilities
and services to assist with the administration of their practices.
A limited liability company, financed by commission from fee income,
Faculty Services Limited operates on a non-profit making basis.
All Members of Faculty have the option of subscribing to the company,
but this is by no means compulsory and some choose to make private
arrangements in relation to administrative matters.
Working with the Faculty and Faculty Services Limited
Six elected office bearers have traditionally carried
out the management of the Faculty:
They are unpaid and carry on their private practices.
- the Dean
- the Vice-Dean
- the Treasurer
- the Clerk of Faculty
- the Keeper of the Library
- the Chairman of Faculty Services Limited
Faculty Council - A Faculty Council consisting
of the office bearers, three elected senior members (Queen's Counsel),
six elected junior members and one non-practising member has
been established to take over at least some of the functions of
the voting membership at large.
Day-to-day Management - The control of day-to-day
management rests with the office bearers but the Council meets once
every month and, amongst other things, is intended to be an important
policy making body assisting the office bearers in the running of
Board of Directors - Faculty Services Limited
has a Board of Directors consisting of two office bearers (the Chairman
and the Treasurer), 11 Stable Directors and 2 members of the junior
bar. The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Chairman of Faculty
Services Limited for the day to day running of the Company including
Clerking Services, Data Operations and Fee Collection, Finance,
Human Resources and Communications services.
Faculty Services Limited Departments:
Each of these areas has a functional head responsible to the Chief Executive Officer.
Corporate Departments across both the Faculty of Advocates and Faculty Services Limited:
Each of these areas has a functional head responsibility to the Treasurer of Faculty
and the Chief Executive Officer.
Each of the Faculty Departments have a functional head responsible to the Treasurer of Faculty
Together the functional heads from both Faculty of Advocates and Faculty Services Limited form
the Management Team and collaborate in respect of Faculty and Faculty Services Limited operations.
The two organisations have in excess of 160 employees.
The Faculty welcomes applications on the prescribed application
form by post. This document can be printed, completed and returned
to the following address:
Recruitment (INSERT Post Applied for & Ref No / )
Human Resources Department
17 George IV Bridge
Application Form (.pdf - 197KB)
Data Protection Policy
Please complete the Data Protection Policy form and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and return them to the HR Department along with your form.
Data Protection (.pdf - 192KB)
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (.pdf - 183KB)