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Published 30th September 2019


In accordance with the Public Services Ombudsman Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 – the position of Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) and the new NIPSO Office was established on 1 April 2016.  The legislation abolished the previous offices of Assembly Ombudsman and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints.  The Act extends the Office’s remit, improves public access to redress and strengthens the Ombudsman’s powers of investigation. 

The NIPSO’s Office is seeking to offer an apprenticeship for a second year Trainee Solicitor at the QUB Institute of Legal Studies.  The Trainee Solicitor will be based at the Ombudsman’s Office in Progressive House, 33 Wellington Place, Belfast BT1 6HN:

Second Year Trainee Solicitor (fixed term until September 2020) 

Rate of pay:   £7.70 per hour (aged 21 – 24)

£8.21 (aged 25 and over)

Hours of Work: Full time - 9-5pm – 37 hours/week.

Main purpose of the post:

To assist the Legal Officer in the preparation and provision of legal advice to the Ombudsman and his staff.  In carrying out this role, the Trainee Solicitor will be required to research, collect, summarise and analyse relevant material in order to prepare detailed fact summaries.  This will involve supporting the Legal Officer in keeping up to date with changes in the administrative justice and ombudsman landscape that may impact on the Ombudsman’s role and remit.  The Trainee Solicitor will assist the Legal Officer in advising the Ombudsman and his staff on legal issues arising in connection with any aspect of the work of the office.  The Trainee Solicitor may also be required to represent the office by accompanying the Legal Officer to external events. 

Applicants are asked to submit a C.V. together with a response to an essay question (in no more than 750 words) as follows:

Explain the role of the Ombudsman in the administrative justice landscape in Northern Ireland.

You can return your application and monitoring form by post to The Monitoring Officer, Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, Progressive House, 33 Wellington Place, Belfast BT1 6HN or by email to:

All applications must be returned no later than 12 noon on Monday 14 October 2019.  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

If you require any further information about the role, then please email Andrea Hegarty ( or telephone 028 9089 7786.

The Law Society requires an apprentice training in-house or in the public sector to spend a period of secondment in private practice of between 3 and 6 months.   The successful apprentice wishing to transfer to the NIPSO’s Office will commence the remainder of their training with their Master at the end of December 2019 and complete their training in September 2020.  Given that the NIPSO’s Office is providing the opportunity to facilitate the latter period of the training requirement of the apprenticeship, it will be unable to afford the apprentice the opportunity to spend a period of secondment in private practice of between 3-6 months.  Therefore applications from apprentices who have not spent the required period of secondment in private practice will not be considered.

NIPSO is committed to the merit principle in respect of all appointments. 

NIPSO is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants.

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