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Chief Assessor (Individual Accreditation Schemes)

The Law Society
London (Greater)
Closing date
5 Dec 2015
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Chief Assessor (Individual Accreditation Schemes)

Job Purpose

  • Contribute to the initial development and ongoing management of the Law Society's individual accreditation schemes in England and Wales to ensure that they remain relevant and support members as a marketing tool to demonstrate expertise to prospective clients
  • Work collaboratively with Law Society staff (including Accreditation, Product Management and Policy Teams) to ensure that the technical requirements of the scheme are fit for purpose in respect of entry requirements, mode and level of assessment and ongoing membership obligations, such as training
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Accreditation Team and assessors in the ongoing operational management of the scheme, including appeals
  • Support the overall business plan for the scheme and its implementation by the Accreditation and Product Management Teams

Key Accountabilities

  • Assist Law Society staff in the initial development and ongoing management of the nominated accreditation scheme(s)
  • Work with interested members, Committees, external stakeholders and the Accreditation and Product Management Teams to ensure that the scheme is fit for purpose and meets the standards required by Government, other external stakeholders and members of the public
  • Review the scheme assessment process as necessary to ensure that the mode of assessment is appropriate, to the correct standard and robust
  • Support assessors with the assessment of applicants at accreditation / re-accreditations and on the development of associated guidance and training materials
  • To consider appeals received by the Accreditation Team and take responsibility for final decisions in relation to membership
  • Proactively contribute to review the scheme in response to any changes in legislation or membership feedback

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Established practising experience in the area(s) of law covered by the accreditation scheme
  • Awareness of specific developments in legislation in England and Wales that may have an impact on the scheme
  • Ability to anticipate and identify emerging issues that may have a positive or negative impact on the accreditation scheme and provide guidance/support to enable the Accreditation and Product Management Teams to respond proactively and appropriately
  • Awareness of wider issues affecting the legal profession (e.g. legislative, competitive, technological etc.) and their impact on the specific area(s) of practice covered by the scheme and  drivers for accreditation
  • Ability to be objective and discuss issues constructively
  • Problem-solving skills to find solutions to problems that require a pragmatic or practical response
  • Experience of working in a matrix environment to engage and deliver work with internal and external stakeholders
  • Articulate and strong written and verbal communicator
  • Excellent attention to detail and effective time management
  • IT literate


  • Ability to advise on all areas of the relevant Accreditation Scheme and areas of assessment

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membership of over 160,000 individual solicitors and 13,000 legal firms, operating in domestic and overseas markets. We work globally to support and represent our members, offering over 50 products and services and promoting the highest professional standards and the rule of law.

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