Legal Adviser

  • Jul 8, 2019
Location: Edinburgh
Category: Information, Advice & Advocacy
Type: Part-time
Salary: £33,067 - £34,884 pro rata + pension

Job Purpose:

The purpose of the post is to provide in-house legal advice including specialist advice and support on leases, licences, and land matters as well as asset transfer policy, community empowerment and the wider land reform agenda.  This post will also focus on the expansion of the Scottish Universities Land Unit (SULU) which has been set up to encourage law students across Scotland to take an active interest in land reform and community rights in relation to land.

Specific tasks include:

·         Provide information and advice to community organisations interested or involved in acquiring assets.

·         Conduct land searches and review title – comments will often be related to the fact that burdens may no longer be enforceable, and also issues about gaps in title or ownership issues.

·         Provide information and advice on leases, licences, heads of terms, clawback and economic development burdens, and land registration.

·         Review community organisations’ constitutions to ensure compliance with the Community Empowerment Act.

·         Support the expansion of SULU to include Dundee and Glasgow Universities as well as Aberdeen University.

·         Contribute to the development of information and practical resources for parties involved in the transfer of assets to communities.

·         Promote the Community Ownership Support Service, DTA Scotland and where appropriate, the development trust approach.

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Community Ownership Support Service

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) has been funded by the Scottish Government to support community based groups in Scotland take a stake in or ownership of previously publicly owned land or buildings. This adviser based service is being delivered Scotland wide and aims to provide individual community groups and public bodies with a bespoke support service. It is likely that our support will include a combination of - Expert advice on all aspects of asset transfer Training courses on the asset transfer and asset development process Sign-posting to other support agencies Web access to information on good practice, toolkits and case studies. Communities will also be able to link into the Development Trusts Association Scotland’s wider network to explore the wide range of business models being adopted by other communities throughout Scotland and across the UK.