The Law Society of Northern Ireland will publish the list of solicitors' practices, Governmental and non-Governmental organisations and businesses seeking an apprentice when they are available.
Published 30th September 2019
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com)
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.
committed to the merit principle in respect of all appointments.
NIPSO is an Equal Opportunities employer and
welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants.