We're looking for a range of Senior Lawyers to join our specialist legal teams to offer technical knowledge in the areas of Adults Social Care, Childcare and Education. This is an excellent opportunity for dynamic and experienced solicitors, barristers or chartered legal executives to enhance our busy but friendly Legal Teams.
The ideal Senior Lawyers will be proactive and self-motivated; with excellent technical skills in the area specialism.
As Senior Lawyer (Adults) you will have extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of Adults Social Care matters. This includes handling a caseload of complex cases, and advice which will include matters such as (but not limited to):
- Court of Protection
- Deprivation of Liberty
- Mental Capacity Act
- Care Act
As Senior Lawyer (Childcare) you will have extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of Childcare Law matters. This includes handling a caseload of complex cases, and advice which will include matters such as (but not limited to):
- Representing the local authority in relation to childcare matters, including at meetings and court
- Workload will consist of pre-proceeding and care cases
- Undertaking all necessary preparation of cases
- Taking part in duty rota
As Senior Lawyer (Education) you will have extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of Education Law matters. This includes handling a caseload of complex cases, and advice which will include matters such as (but not limited to):
- Special Educational Needs tribunal/appeals
- Providing advice and support to schools
- School admissions
We are looking for Senior Lawyers who have excellent communication skills both written and verbal. The ability to deliver complex advice clearly and communicate effectively with officers internally, and externally with courts, barristers, professional bodies and members of the public is essential.
You will have a willingness to embrace change and, in time, develop your own ideas about how the wider team can function efficiently and effectively.
Local government legal work is varied and whilst at times it can be challenging, it is also very rewarding.
There will be times when you need to work under pressure and balance conflicting priorities, however, you will be supported in doing this. You will also be supported to demonstrate a commitment to your own professional development and a willingness to undertake training and develop new skills as required.
As Senior Lawyer, you will receive the following benefits:
- Generous annual leave entitlement - 28 days per year (rising to 33 after 5 years' service), plus Bank holidays
- Enrolment to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Flexible working arrangements include access to homeworking, co-working spaces and office working
- Access to a package of benefits including a discount card for a range of retailers, cycle to work and car lease schemes and discounted leisure facilities
How to apply for the Senior Lawyer role:
If you think you've got what we're looking for and are keen develop your career at a progressive, forward-thinking Council which places its staff at the heart of what it does, we'd like to hear from you.
These vacancies are being managed by Sellick Partnership so if you are interested in applying, please apply by clicking the link below, alternatively please contact Natalie Atherall at Sellick.
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Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.
It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council's Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances.
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Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications.