Solicitor/Senior Solicitor Litigation and Governance

5 days left

Location
Civic centre, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton, WV11SH
Salary
£44,863 - £48,847
Posted
07 Oct 2021
Closes
25 Oct 2021
Job Ref
WLV000003804
Job Type
Legal
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
See advert details
Hours
Full-Time

A fantastic opportunity to join an experienced and supportive litigation legal team at Wolverhampton City Council’s Legal Services.

 

 

 

 

You will have strong recent post-qualification experience (ideally, within a local government environment) in the following or similar areas of work:-

 

  • Conducting litigation and undertaking advocacy for Client departments covering all aspects of civil, regulatory crime and public law;
  • All aspects of Housing Management, including possession claims and injunctions for tenancy breaches and anti-social behaviour,
  • Key advice on Allocations policy, including the re-drafting of the Council's Allocations Policy,
  • Homelessness advice and the Council's associated obligations,
  • Prosecutions against unscrupulous Landlords for various offences,
  • All aspects of debt recovery from initial advice through to final hearing and enforcement afterwards,
  • Provision of high-level advocacy to Client departments in Magistrates, Crown, County Courts and Tribunals,
  • Significant governance advice and experience including advice to democratic services and advice regarding proper formalities in decision making.
  • Contractual advice and litigation on the breadth of the Council's policy areas including education, social care and IT projects,
  • Criminal prosecutions of regulatory matters including Health and Safety and Trading Standards
  • Licensing advice and advocacy both in internal mini-committees, full committees and Courts.
  • Working with and advising elected Members on the full range of my practice areas and on standards issues.

 

You will be:

 

  • a qualified Lawyer, with experience in local authority related litigation and regulatory enforcement; and
  • motivated, enthusiastic and keen to provide excellent legal advice and support; and

 

You will have strong post-qualification experience (ideally, within a local government environment) in the following or similar areas of work:

  • Conducting litigation and undertaking advocacy for Client departments covering all aspects of civil, regulatory crime and public law;
  • Housing disrepair
  • All aspects of Housing Management, including possession claims and injunctions for tenancy breaches anti-social behaviour and housing disrepair claims;
  • Homelessness advice and the Council's associated obligations;
  • Prosecutions against unscrupulous Landlords for various offences;
  • All aspects of debt recovery from initial advice through to final hearing and enforcement afterwards;
  • Provision of advocacy to Client departments in Magistrates’, Crown, County Courts and Tribunals;
  • Delivering governance advice and experience including advice to democratic services and advice regarding proper formalities in decision making;
  • Contractual advice and litigation on the breadth of the Council's policy areas including education, social care and IT projects;
  • Criminal prosecutions of regulatory matters including Health and Safety and Trading Standards;
  • Licensing advice and advocacy both in internal mini-committees, full committees and Courts; and
  • Working with and advising elected Members on the full range of practice areas and on standards issues..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ability to organise and prioritise own work load and to work on own initiative as necessary
  • Experience of advocacy in the Magistrates’ and County Court
  • Broad knowledge of local government law or equivalent knowledge.
  • Knowledge and experience of civil and criminal litigation.
  • Experience of drafting legal documents, including pleadings
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex legal issues to Members and officers and to provide cogent legal advice accordingly.
  • Ability to work constructively with elected Members and be politically aware and sensitive
  • Desirable to have experience of working within Local Government

For an informal discussion please contact Tracey Christie on 01902 554925

 Closing Date: 26th October 2021

 

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