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LEGAL

"The council offers a breadth of legal experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else."

Kamal Adatia, City Barrister and Head of Standards.

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LEGAL

"The council offers a breadth of legal experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else."

Kamal Adatia, City Barrister and Head of Standards.

Legal Services at the council

Working in legal services at Leicester City Council offers you a breadth of legal experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else. The council is a huge organisation with complex policies, and it operates in a highly regulated environment.

This means we work on a full range of high-quality cases and often deal with £multi-million contracts. As a local authority with unique responsibilities for children in care, working here also gives you the chance to gain early experience in child protection work.

In our work, the legal services teams are accountable to the council’s elected members, who are ultimately accountable to the people of Leicester. This means we always have to consider how to protect the reputation of the council and the city. It gives everything we do an extremely high profile and means you always need to be aware of how you’re perceived.

lawyers representing the council
60

lawyers representing the council

people in the procurement team
10

people in the procurement team

people we answer to
348,000

people we answer to

Our Legal Services teams

Legal Services

As one of our lawyers, you could gain exposure to a wide range of legal areas, from employment, contracts and prosecution to social care, planning, housing and education. You may also be involved in monitoring elected councillors’ ethical behaviour. You’ll join a team full of experts, with a strong sense of camaraderie. This means you can learn, share and improve your skills, while contributing to the greater good. With flexible working, part-time opportunities and intellectually challenging cases, you’ll also enjoy the freedom to deliver your best.

Procurement

Working closely with the contract lawyers, our procurement team advises the council on how it spends its annual budget. Join this ten-strong team and you could be advising on the purchase of everything from lawnmowers to residential care places. In fact, the only areas we don’t cover are IT and adult social care. As every piece of procurement goes through a value-for-money review, you could be involved in a range of interesting projects. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to ensure the council’s budget is spent wisely.

Registrars and Coroners

Join this team and you’ll be involved in providing administrative support to either the coroner’s court or the registrars’ service. In the coroner’s court, this could mean supporting coroner inquests. If you join the registrars’ support team, you may be involved areas such as replacing birth, marriage or death certificates or citizenship ceremonies. We offer flexible working and part-time opportunities, as well as a friendly, supportive atmosphere and the chance to develop existing skills and learn new ones.

Meet Shireen

Legal Officer

I was expecting a very formal working environment but was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming attitude and support I received. Private legal practice doesn’t afford much in the way of varied experience and I’ve gained more knowledge and skills working here than at private firms. The opportunities, benefits and support have been by far the best in my career.

Focus on … Childcare Solicitors and Barristers

This is an excellent opportunity to protect some of the most vulnerable people in Leicester and to be involved in a variety of challenging and interesting cases.

With a commitment to owning your caseload, you’ll enjoy the mix of desk and court work, working with multiple agencies to protect children. From reading case law and writing witness statements to attending court and potentially working with some of the UK’s best advocates, you’ll be involved at every level of potentially complex cases.

Contact our recruitment team

We're always pleased to hear from talented people. So if you have any questions about the opportunities that we have available in Legal Services, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the application process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Glassdoor
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"The people who work here are in it for the right reasons. They share the same values as the council"

"The council is good for employees with a disability, with good terms of employment – especially for part-time work."

Indeed
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"The most enjoyable part of the day is being able to assist the children to achieve their potential."

"The environment is very calm and casual and managers and team members are very nice and engaging."

"The council are always there for their colleagues. No problem is too big or too small."