The starting salary for this position is £40,227 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.
Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop your career in Special Educational Needs law?
Are you as passionate as we are about working as part of a supportive, successful and Lexcel accredited in-house legal team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council?
Are you looking to work in an agile organisation which focusses on outcomes rather than where you work?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity in our team for an enthusiastic Solicitor or Barrister with experience of SEN law who is looking to develop their career in Local Government and enhance their skills in taking on new challenges.
This key post sits within the Adults, Education, Litigation and Employment team. The post holder is expected to cover a workload of predominantly special educational needs case work, and to have experience of judicial review challenges, as well as the ability to advise senior clients on SEN matters.
The team is supportive and knowledgeable and there is a commitment to development and training our in-house talent and support for training to cover new areas of practice.
You should have recent experience in SEN law, gained in either the private or public sector. We recognise transferable skills and have a track record of supporting Lawyers to further develop their skills.
You will be trained and supported to undertake the role commensurate with your experience.
You will be expected to carry out a range of key responsibilities within the role, which will include:
- Managing a varied and interesting caseload consisting of both pre-proceedings and claims before the Court
- Undertaking advocacy, where appropriate, on behalf of the County Council
- Providing expert legal advice to the County Council
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to join our Lawyers Career Scheme which will allow for accelerated career and salary progression based on performance. You will be supported through training, regular supervision and development plans to continue learning and developing your expertise and so achieve successful progression through the career scheme.
The Legal Services AELE Team is based at Woodhatch Place, Reigate; however, the Council adopts an agile working policy with flexible working arrangements which includes access to our other offices in Weybridge and Woking. This role is also open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We’re less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we’d welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.
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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.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28 November 2021.
Interviews will take place in Early December.
If you have any questions about the role, please email Carmel Briody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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.
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.