Full time temporary contract
To provide Council departments and external clients with comprehensive legal advice and to advise upon complex and sensitive child protection and adult social care cases.
To prepare, advise on and contribute to reports for committees, which have a complex legal dimension to ensure compliance with relevant law and Council’s policies and to check the legality and accuracy of new Council policy and committee minutes.
To negotiate, draft, prepare, review and agree as necessary, complex legal documents, including thresholds, court documents and statements. Clients can be service departments and a range of outside authorities, bodies and organisations.
To provide oral and written legal advice and assistance to members, committees, Council companies, outside bodies, working parties, officers and departments. Often the advice is required urgently with little or no time for research.
To undertake the preparation of complex legal proceedings and present cases on behalf for the Council in the courts, public inquiries or other tribunals to achieve the best outcome for the client in the circumstances. To instruct experts and Barristers in complex matters as appropriate and to obtain approval and negotiate their fees.
To lead mentor and support Lawyers and other staff dealing with routine casework, provide guidance and support to legal staff working at lower levels and delegate work as part of a project team when working collaboratively on cases. To ensure compliance with all managerial requirements and quality standards.
* Degree or equivalent level of experience. Must be a qualified Barrister, Solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
* Experience in legal field, delivering, monitoring and planning services at an operational level
* Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships with team members, external solicitors, consultants and external clients and advisers.
* Able to manage and lead a team effectively in a challenging environment
If you have relevant experience/qualifications, please reach out.
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