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Senior Lawyer ( Finance & Governance)

  • Location

    City of London, London

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  • Salary:

    £24.50 - £25.73 per hour

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

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Our client is seeking a Senior Lawyer on an initial 3 Month contract, with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 36 Hours

Pay Rate: £24.50

Job Purpose:

  • Responsible for the delivery of highest quality outcomes and effective legal advice to clients - including the Cabinet, Committees, other Council bodies and elected Members.
  • To ensure the legal services provided are cost effective and meet the principles of good governance in decision making.
  • Support the development and delivery of relevant strategies, policies and departmental projects that secure the achievement of key council and service objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To deliver a high quality, sustainable legal service that complies with the statutory framework and meets the Council's statutory and contractual obligations.
  • Advising and attending Committees and sub-committees, members and Chief Officers and frequently advising the Departments in relation to the Law in matters specifically relating to the work of the section.
  • Devising and implementing new methods, forms and procedures as required by new legislation, revised council policy or generally including the review of changes imposed in relation to specific services.
  • Determining the effect of new legislation and advising specifically on the impact of new legislation on the delivery of the council's services or functions.
  • Preparing reports and comments for reports to council, cabinet committees and sub-committees.
  • Attendance at departmental working groups, steering panels and project group meetings to provide advice.
  • To support the working practices and procedures for the services provided.
  • To work with Senior Lawyers and Lawyers to ensure a consistent and holistic approach to the delivery of services.
  • To draft documents and prepare pleadings.
  • Prepare and processing all legal documents, including agreements, deeds, notices, orders, consents, bye-laws relevant to the work of the council.
  • Presentation of cases before courts and tribunals where the post holder has a right of audience on all matters in relation to the work of the council.
  • Responding to legal questions received from members of the council, members of Parliament, the ombudsman and external organisations within a specific area of activity and under the supervision of the Senior Lawyer.
  • To undertake the review of files under the guidance of the senior Lawyer, organise meetings and take notes of meetings.
  • To support and advise at meetings, working parties and officer groups as required.
  • To maintain good governance in managing own caseload of complex work under minimal supervision.
  • Co-ordinate research upon legal questions arising from the work of team including, where necessary, briefing Lawyers/or Counsel.
  • Assist on negotiating and concluding contractual arrangements with Solicitors, Barristers, Valuers and Land Agents, and external agencies.
  • To ensure continuous improvements within the area of expertise, and that the service is responsive to the changing environment.
  • To maintain the improvement in equal opportunities in employment and service delivery.
  • To undertake other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of the post.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 2 years experience of working in the field of one or more of the following relevant specialist areas:
  • The Law in relation to vulnerable children and adults and in particular child protection, including initiation and conduct of care proceedings and related litigation such as adoption proceedings.
  • Experience of undertaking advocacy in the courts and Tribunals (essential for some posts).
  • Experience of undertaking advocacy in the courts and Tribunals (essential for some posts).
  • Experience of managing own caseload.
  • Success in building, and sustaining effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • Experience of case managements system.
  • Experience of working within a performance management framework and achieving agreed targets and outcomes.

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