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Childcare Lawyer

  • Location

    Wembley, London

  • Sector:

    Legal

  • Job type:

    Contracts

  • Salary:

    £23.81 - £25.00 per hour

  • Job ref:

    5099566_1559649320

  • Published:

    13 days ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

  • Start date:

    19-06-2024

  • Expiry date:

    04-07-2019

Our client is seeking a Childcare Lawyer on an initial 3 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours:

36 Hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate:

£23.81 p/h

Job Purpose:

To work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Children's Social Care
  • Community Care
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Contracts
  • Regeneration & Property
  • To provide proactive, clear and concise legal advice and assistance to clients.
  • To supervise Senior Legal Assistants, Legal Assistants and / or trainees as directed.
  • To deputise for Senior Lawyers as and when required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide specialist legal advice and assistance on all issues arising within the post holder's area of responsibility.

Personally conduct advocacy on behalf of the Council and instruct counsel as appropriate.

Approve or amend legal aspects of reports to be submitted to members requiring decisions and attend committee and other meetings to give legal advice as necessary.

Provide proactive legal advice and assistance to meet the needs of members and officers and assist with client liaison.

Actively contribute to developing policies and good practice.

Provide cover as necessary for other areas within Legal Services as a whole and to deputise for Senior Lawyers as required.

To support with strategic and corporate legal work.

To deal with individual case work and prepare associated documentation.

To advise on disputes with third parties on behalf of the council.

To advise on the council's powers and ensure the legality of the council's decision making.

To handle complex litigation arising within the areas of responsibility, including judicial review, undertaking advocacy and to instruct counsel where necessary.

To deal with corporate complaints and Members enquiries, data protection and FOI requests.

Keep up to date with changes in the law and other developments in the area of work allocated, to disseminate information on changes and advise on any action to be taken as a result.

Provide training to members, clients or members of the team.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and well being of children and vulnerable adults.

Carry out duties with due regard to the Council's Customer Care, Equal Opportunities, Information Governance, Data Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Undertake any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of this post.

Skills and Experience:

  • Admitted solicitor or qualified barrister or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives

Thorough knowledge of one or more of the following areas:

  • Children Social Care
  • Community Care
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Contracts
  • Regeneration & Property
  • Significant post qualification experience in the legal profession.

Relevant experience in the legal profession (preferably within the last 2 years) handling at least one of the below areas:

  • Children's Social Care
  • Community Care
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Contracts
  • Regeneration & Property
  • Experience of contributing to corporate decision making and development of corporate policy and strategy.

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