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Legal and Political Services

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Gloucestershire

 

The legal sector

  • The legal services profession in Gloucestershire is small, employing around 2000 people

  • Gloucestershire has 5 courts (3 have shut in the last year or so), where private barristers, solicitors and other legal staff carry out their work, alongside the county's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and court administrative staff. According to their website, the CPS offices in Gloucester prosecutes around 10,000 cases a year at Gloucestershire's 3 Magistrates' Courts (Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud).

  • As well as the CPS, there are legal opportunities in law firms throughout Gloucestershire, although many of the companies are small and unlikely to offer trainee positions. In the last few years one or two of the large law firms (of which, excluding Bristol, there are very few) have put their training contract opportunities on hold.

  • Apart from in Bristol, there are few barristers chambers (offices) in Gloucestershire

  • Law graduates might find voluntary opportunities in Citizens Advice Bureaux or in Gloucester Law Centre (if it has sufficient funds to continue) 

The political sector

  • Political-related employment is much smaller, although there are hundreds of county, district/borough, parish and town councillors (all of whom are volunteers)

  • There are 6 MPs (all male) representing Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury, 1 MEP (female) and around 60 county councillors - they are listed on Gloucestershire County Council's site, together with information on how to become a councillor

  • In addition, there are the district/borough councillors - e.g. around 50 in the Forest of Dean - contacts are on each district/borough council's website. District/borough and county councillors can receive expenses and a basic allowance, which differs from area to area. For instance, Tewkesbury councillors have a basic allowance of just over £7000, far more than Cotswold district councillors. All areas in Gloucestershire are keen to attract younger people into the role

Examples of legal and political services employers in Gloucestershire