The Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO) is a network of three offices in Scotland that helps people with civil legal problems

Our solicitors can provide advice and representation to people with particular types of civil legal problems.

We cover Highland and Islands, Argyll and Bute, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and Edinburgh and the Lothians.

How can the Civil Legal Assistance Office help you?

If you are a member of the public and are eligible for the service then we can try to assist by:

  • Taking on your case directly
  • Referring you to a suitable legal or advice provider
  • Signposting you to other sources of help

Find out if we can help you

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Visiting our offices and contacting your solicitor

Please see our update for full details on how we are delivering our services

Latest News


Vacancy – Trainee Solicitor, Inverness

We're looking for a trainee solicitor for a full time, two-year contract, located at our Inverness office.


Vacancy: Secretarial Administrator – Edinburgh

We are recruiting a Secretarial Administrator to join our Edinburgh office, with a deadline of Sunday 21 July for applications.

Vacancy: Senior Solicitor - Inverness

We’re seeking an experienced litigator to serve the island communities covered by our CLAO Highlands & Islands office on a fixed term 18 month contract.


CLAO Aberdeen have moved to a new office

CLAO Aberdeen have moved to new premises at North Silver Street, AB10 1RJ.


Vacancies: Administrative Officer (Aberdeen)

We are recruiting an Administrative Officer for CLAO Aberdeen on a full time, fixed term nine month contract. Deadline for applications Monday 8 April 2024.


Vacancy: Solicitor – Argyll & Bute

We are seeking to recruit a skilled civil solicitor (Grade 5 or 6) for the Civil Legal Assistance Office Argyll & Bute on a full time, permanent contract.