Full Time - Fixed Term for 12 Months
We are currently recruiting for the role of Housing Litigation Solicitor within the Housing & Civil Litigation Team in the Council’s Legal Services.
The role is for a fixed term period of 12 months to provide maternity leave cover.
If you have the relevant legal qualifications and experience, a good understanding of housing litigation and an excellent working knowledge of key housing legislation and are looking for your next challenge, now is the perfect time to join us as a solicitor as we deliver our ambitions to be the best place to practice law in local government; recruiting the best talent, successfully deploying legal technology and providing the highest quality professional legal advice and representation to our clients.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.
We are open to flexible working patterns and can provide a hybrid working environment which utilises the best of both worlds with a mix of office working in central Reading and homeworking according to the needs of the Service.
About the role
This is an exciting role to advise and assist the Council’s Housing Service in all aspects of Housing and Homelessness law. The role will require you to conduct cases in the County Court and the Magistrates Court and can also involve High Court case work.
Principal accountabilities and responsibilities include:
- Be responsible for a large and varied caseload of Housing Litigation matters, to include drafting Letters Before Action, pleadings, witness statements, settlement agreements, briefs to counsel and corresponding with both Litigants in Person and legally represented opponents
- Issuing court proceedings on behalf of the Council and ensuring that instructions are lodged within timescales
- Complying with relevant Protocols and timescales and ensuring that all court direction deadlines are met
- Preparing for court hearings
- Advocacy in the County Court and the Magistrates Court
- Ensuring that clients are kept up to date with the progress of cases and legal action
- Advising on all aspects of Housing law including in the areas of Homelessness, Allocations and Judicial Review and on relevant points arising in the Housing Act 1985, Housing Act 1996, Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 and Local Government Act 1972
- Diary management
- Assisting the Principal Lawyer where required in the more complex cases held by the team.
You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.
Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:
Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do
Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential
Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way
Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed
You’ll be an admitted Solicitor, Barrister, or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive with a current practising certificate and entitled to practice in England.
You’ll have a keen interest in housing law, you’ll be organised, conscientious and professional. You’ll strive to do well and enjoy working with others.
Our ideal candidate will have:
- Experience of holding a large and varied caseload of housing cases
- Experience of dealing with cases allocated to both the Fast and Multi track
- Recent advocacy experience
- An excellent working knowledge in key Housing legislation
- Good interpersonal skills and is a good team player
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 25 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 33 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted
- Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
For more information on this position please contact Ms Georgina Tully, the Principal Lawyer in the Team, by email at: Georgina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 27th November 2023
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.