Solicitor - Adult Social Services
Job Title: Solicitor/ Barrister - Adult Social Services
Salary: £30,492 - £40,506
Permanent - Full Time, 35 hours per week
We are a busy, friendly, well-supported legal team serving Worcestershire County Council in a beautiful and conveniently situated location in Worcester. We provide a high quality, well regarded service to our users, and now need to recruit a permanent solicitor or barrister to join our Adults, Education and Debt Recovery Team.
The position is for a full-time Adult Social Care solicitor or barrister. The work will cover a wide and varied caseload of adult social care law to include judicial review, ordinary residence disputes, advising on mental capacity including DOLS/LPS, mental health and the Care Act 2014. In addition, experience of education law and SEND would be advantageous although not essential, as the primary focus will be on adult social care work. You will be responsible for advising on all aspects of Adult Social Services law to include representing the Council in the Court of Protection and County Court. A flair for advocacy is therefore desirable.
We are looking for a solicitor or barrister, with relevant experience in local government. However, the job will also be suitable for a newly qualified or soon to be qualified solicitor or barrister.
We are all currently working from home remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but as our buildings open-up, you will be required to work in the office for part of the time each week, as well as attend court or other meetings or forum in person on occasion as and when required.
Catherine Hitchman, Principal Solicitor, 01905 846486
In return, you can look forward to (per annum, pro rata for part-time) :
• 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays
• 35-hour working week, with flexible working, including remote working opportunities
• Local Government Pension Scheme
• Access to a range of leisure, fashion, travel and lifestyle discounts
We are inclusive – this is really important to us and we are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident is helping us recruit and retain great people to meet our workforce needs.
If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please let us know.
Worcestershire County Council is committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring that all appointments are made based on the suitability of a candidate to the role only.
In line with the "Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, we do not automatically reject applicants with a criminal record. Every application will be considered individually, considering the nature and circumstances of the conviction and the type of work applied for. You will not be asked to disclose 'spent' convictions unless the work requires access to children and vulnerable adults.
Please find the Job Description and Person Specification attached.
Please write your submission with consideration for the essential and desirable criteria on the Person Specification. This should include examples why you should be considered; the experience, skills and knowledge that you would bring to the post.
Application Closing Date: Sunday 13th February 2022
Anticipated Interview Date: Week commencing 28th February 2022