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Closing Date: 10 October 2022

Professional Development and Training Lead - Law Society


JOB TITLE:                   Professional Development and Training Lead

REPORTING TO:          Head of Professional Development

Summary of the role

Reporting to the Head of Professional Development, the postholder would have Team Leader responsibility within the CPD Delivery team and support the Head of Department in the development and expansion of the Society’s CPD and training programme for solicitors working in private practice, the public sector, in-house and in the charitable and voluntary sector as well as training for other legal professionals.

The main duties of the post include:

•        Provide day-to-day leadership in the delivery of the Society’s current CPD programme;

•        Support the Head of Professional Development in the formulation of a new, commercially focused, CPD offering for existing and prospective members;

•        Support the organisation and delivery of the Society’s flagship CPD conferences;

•        Design a suite of accredited/certified training programmes targeting solicitors and other legal professionals;

•        Create bite-size digital and online learning offerings to complement the Society’s current CPD programme;

•        Create tailored and targeted CPD packages to enhance member value;

•        Lead in the co-ordination, delivery and monitoring of the Society’s Mentoring programme;

•        Support the Head of Professional Development to enhance the Society’s CPD Learning Management System (LMS) and digital delivery platform;

·         Undertaking any other reasonable duties deemed necessary for successful delivery of the Law Society’s objectives.

Person specification


·         A University degree.

·         Three plus years post-qualification experience gained working as a solicitor in Northern Ireland or a minimum three years’ experience in a people development role, with a focus on identifying learning needs, creating, and implementing bespoke and innovative training interventions (to include digital or technology enhanced learning) and evaluating learning outcomes.


·         A proven ability to build relationships with key stakeholders and clients – ideally in the context of a member organisation and/or professional sector such as law, accountancy or other professional services.

·         Knowledge of the legal services sector in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

·         Experience of leading a team.

Terms of appointment

This is a full time, permanent position.  Alternative working patterns, including job share will be considered.

The position will be based at Law Society House, Victoria Street, Belfast. Some provision for homeworking is possible.

Key benefits

·         Salary scale for the post is £38,778 – £42,635 per annum, dependent on experience.

·         A contributory pension scheme, to which the employer contributes at a rate of 10% of the salary.

·         Private health insurance.

·         Death in Service at four times gross salary.

·         Income protection in the event of long-term illness.

·         Salary sacrifice schemes, including Childcare vouchers, Tech Scheme and Cycle to Work Scheme.

·         Affinity scheme with local car dealership.

The successful applicant will undergo a probationary period of 6 months.

In addition to the normal public and bank holidays, a leave entitlement of 22 days per annum which increases to 25 days per annum after 5 years’ continuous service.

The Law Society is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Selection Process

All dates are indicative and subject to change.


Applications forms must be completed in full and submitted by 5pm, Monday 10th October 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications are to be submitted to

Email applications are preferred however postal applications are accepted to:

Fiona Dowds, HR Manager

The Law Society of Northern Ireland

Law Society House

96 Victoria Street




A shortlisting exercise will take place Monday 17th October 2022.


Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 31st October 2022.

The interview stage will include a presentation and competency-based questions. Both the presentation topic and competency framework will be provided to candidates in advance.


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