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Advocate - Legal Services Child Care Team
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/18127
  • Published: Mon 18/10/2021, 13:59 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 17/11/2021, 13:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £53,108 to £59,964
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Woking

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Advocate - Legal Services Child Care Team

The salary for this role is £53,108- £59, 964 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week. 

Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop your career in Childcare law?

Are you as passionate as we are about working as part of a supportive, successful and Lexcel accredited in-house team legal team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council?

Are you keen to develop or use your advocacy skills?

Are you looking to work in an agile organisation which focusses on outcomes rather than where you work? 

If so, we have exciting opportunities for enthusiastic Solicitors or Barristers looking to develop their career in Local Government and join our team.

About you:

You will be a Solicitor or Barrister with proven experience  of Public and/or private Law Childcare advocacy in the Family Court, having represented local authority social workers. parents and/or Children and with a clear and detailed understanding of the relevant legal framework in which you will operate.  

You will be a skilled and empathetic advocate, able to assimilate information quickly in order to effectively convey the local authority’s concerns and position to the Court so as to achieve the best outcomes for the children at the heart of the proceedings.  You will enjoy working as part of a large, friendly, dedicated and experienced team of lawyers including a fellow inhouse advocate.

The role:

You will act as an advocate in relation to childcare and related Court proceedings as required, providing representation in cases prepared by other lawyers in the team, including in complex matters and in all tiers, including the High Court.

You will have responsibility for all matters related to the conduct of the hearing, including the drafting of key Court documents and reporting as to the outcomes and next steps.

You will also provide expert advice to the team and client as to technical and evidential matters and, in conjunction with other team members, will provide training into our Children’s Service clients.

The Legal Services Childcare Team are based at Quadrant Court, Woking, however, the Council adopts an agile working policy with flexible working arrangements which includes access to our offices in Reigate and Weybridge as well as remote or home working. We intend to continue working in a flexible manner in the future. The team are very approachable (even when working remotely!) so there will always be someone to provide you with support and discuss matters with.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 31/10/2021.

A date for interviews is to be confirmed.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.