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Ethics Adviser (Solicitor)

Solicitors Regulation Authority
Hybrid - home based and Birmingham
Closing date
26 Mar 2024

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Practice area
Risk and compliance, Regulatory
Contract type
Full time
1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years

Job Details

Our Ethics Guidance team are currently seeking to recruit a permanent qualified Solicitor as an Ethics Adviser.

The role

Ethics Advisers (Solicitor) have a pivotal role in providing expert technical and professional guidance on the rules that govern solicitors’ conduct and assist solicitors in applying these to their situation.

In this role, you will provide first contact risk-based guidance to the profession via correspondence, web chat and telephone on many queries on a wide variety of subjects. You will investigate and make decisions on applications to remove residual balances from a firm’s client account. You will also investigate and draft insightful reports on applications to waive SRA rules and make recommendation as to the outcome.

The work of an Ethics Adviser will suit someone who enjoys a problem solving and thrives on delivering outstanding customer service and quality results. Taking ownership of your queries you will consistently achieve the highest performance standards. You will enjoy being part of a team that is skilled in knowledge sharing and known for its energetic team ethos.

If you are currently working within the profession and are looking for a change or further career prospects, you will enjoy the opportunity to use and apply your working knowledge and expertise of the law, to give advice and guidance to your customers as well as colleagues.

There is also opportunity for you to further develop your skill set and your understanding of our standards and regulations. You will contribute to the knowledge of the team and have input into business projects where regulatory and legal expertise is required.

At the bottom of the advert on our website you will find the Role Profile and a ‘A day in the life of’ document. These will help you understand in more detail the responsibilities of the role and what it looks like from a perspective of an Ethics Adviser.

What is in it for you?

  • Be at the forefront of advising Solicitors on the rules that govern their conduct.
  • Prosper and develop your career by gaining insightful, advanced training on the standards and regulations.
  • Enjoy a varied role, with problem solving, ownership and judgement making.
  • Showcase your ability to liaise with and advise the profession, providing excellent customer service.
  • Utilise and further develop your legal sector expertise whilst keeping in touch with private practice.
  • Additional 3% of annual basic salary for you to choose the benefits that best suit your lifestyle and personal situation.
  • Pension - We will contribute 1½ - 2 times your contribution, up to 12.25%. So, if you contribute 7%, you will enjoy the maximum combined contribution of 19.25%.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and buy/sell/save holiday trading scheme.
  • Access to employee discount vouchers for savings on High Street brands, travel and supermarkets.
  • Life Assurance cover of 4 times basic salary.

What we are looking for

  • A qualified Solicitor with experience of working in private practice.
  • Excellent ability to retain large volumes of information to apply in time-limited circumstances
  • Ability to manage when stretched, understanding of regulation and/or the law, by knowledgeable professionals
  • Proven ability to grasp complex factual cases and draw out critical information
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as being a team player
  • Enthusiastic and committed team member who excels in giving expert technical and professional advice
  • Competent judgement maker, using appropriate judgment

Useful and additional information

  • If you have any questions about the role or organisation that aren’t answered on our website or in the advert, please contact us via
  • This role will be based in the office 1-2 days a week, and from home rest of the week.
  • The selection process will comprise of an initial stage of telephone role play and written assessment, which will take place remotely. Successful candidates will then be invited to a competency-based interview; interviews will take place in our office at the Cube.

To Apply:

Please use the apply button at the bottom of the advert. We are looking for you to upload two documents: a CV and cover letter. Uploading a CV and Cover Letter provides you the best opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experience and how they specifically relate to the requirements of this role – please refer to the ‘What we are looking for’ section and Role Profile to understand the key requirements of the role.

To find out more about the recruitment and selection process and how to make the most of your application, please visit our jobs pages.

Closing date for applications is 10 March 2024 at 23:55.

The SRA is the independent regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, protecting consumers and supporting the rule of law and the administration of justice. We do this by overseeing all education and training requirements necessary to practise as a solicitor, licensing individuals and firms to practise, setting the standards of the profession and regulating and enforcing compliance against these standards. We offer an inclusive, supportive and friendly working environment and the chance to develop your career within a professional organisation. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of staff, helping everyone to strike a good balance between personal and professional life.

Additionally, we provide a generous flexible benefits package, including gym membership with a tax only cost, an excellent defined contribution pension scheme and an additional 3% of annual basic salary upon successful completion of probation. Vacancy closing date: 10/03/2024, 23:55

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Diversity and inclusion is central to everything we do. We are actively committed to promoting and participating in good practice in the way that we attract, recruit and retain staff.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self to work because we appreciate the value that a truly diverse workforce brings to an organisation. We celebrate difference, recognising the benefits this brings to our inclusive culture, including age, disability, gender identity and expression, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation and socio economic background.

 We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, a member of ENEI, a disability confident employer and we are happy to talk flexible working.


Outstanding people are at the heart of our organisation. It is through them that we achieve our aim - to give the public full confidence in the solicitors' profession.

We recognise and reward achievement, providing a working environment which allows people to develop their skills and fulfil their potential.

Our diverse departments attract a wide spectrum of people from various specialisms - there is no single route into a career at the SRA.

Whatever your background, you can be sure that a career at the SRA will provide you with challenging and enjoyable work.

Our work is varied, challenging, interesting and highly rewarding.

Company info
The Cube,
199 Wharfside Street,
B1 1RN

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