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*This is an open recruitment advert*
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Due to expansion, an exciting opportunity has arisen within our Social Care & Safeguarding team to recruit an additional two Child Care lawyers.
If you are dynamic and motivated about working within the Public sector and are passionate about Child protection work then we want to hear from you.
We offer a supportive working environment with flexible working to include home working and opportunities for career development. You will be joining a well-established and experienced team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff.
Hours: Full Time - 37 hours per week
Salary: £38,813 - £41,675 per annum
Provide high quality legal services to the Council in a social care and safeguarding setting
Provide advice regarding public childcare law matters to our client department orally and in writing
Conduct your own advocacy by representing the Local Authority at Court hearings
Assist in the supervision and training of less experienced staff
Keep up to date with and provide advice on legal issues
Give presentations/training on legal matters to officers and members as required
Undertake such tasks appropriate to the post holder to facilitate effectiveness, efficiency and economy of the Legal Services Division and meet the challenges of a best value authority
Demonstrate commitment to working with computer and other office systems
Willing and able to adapt to new and differing areas of work and / or procedures
Experience of good written and oral communications skills
Excellent advocacy skills plus a willingness to undertake advocacy
Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive entitled to practise
Recent in depth knowledge and post qualification experience in Child Care litigation, to include advising on social services functions in respect of children, young persons, safeguarding and judicial review challenges
Demonstrable skills and strengths in negotiation, drafting, giving advice, persuading and influencing
- Subject to an Enhanced DBS Check
For an informal discussion please contact Fiona Gingell, Principal Lawyer (Social Care & Safeguarding) on 0116 454 1465.
As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between you work life and your personal life. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave entitlement, membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities and career pathways. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including our fantastic salary sacrifice car scheme, big discounts at high-street outlets, childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains, we may also be able help with relocation expenses if you are moving to the City, or need help with commuting costs.
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