Senior Legal Executive/Solicitor/Barrister (Level 2) Legal Services Unit
Senior Legal Executive/Solicitor/Barrister (Level 2), Legal Services Unit
Salary: £48,682 - £52,721 per annum
37 hours per week – Permanent
Situated in the heart of the Midlands with fantastic transport links, Staffordshire County Council is a progressive and forward thinking authority. Demographically large but singularly focused on being one County Council, you will find that the Legal Services department embodies the values, visions and beliefs of the Council.
We are looking for an exceptional legal professional to play a key role supporting our senior leadership team.
The post holder must either be a Solicitor, or Legal Executive who is a Fellow of CILEX or a qualified Barrister.
Complex legal case work commensurate with the post, which could involve giving in-depth legal and strategic legal advice on projects from time to time, requiring the ability to apply previous experience to create new and unique solutions tailored to specific situations and client requirements. Must have a comprehensive understanding of County Council and other client structures and procedures. The ability to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of and understanding of the operational legal context of working within Local Government is essential as is the ability to train/guide others in the giving of professional legal advice and in relation to operational progression of matters but also to be able to offer balanced risk advice for the benefit of the clients’ desired outcomes. The ability to provide high level business support including the preparation and oversight of management reports is a key part of the role and training will be given in respect of this as required.
Post holder must have a minimum of 6 years’ experience post legal qualification and at least 3 years’ experience of supervision of other legal staff and working within a diverse legal environment for example, organizing / working with other professional, courts, witnesses, external stakeholders, handling and delivering within a mixed client involvement.
Cover for other colleagues during absence particularly Deputy Legal Service Managers. Accountability for delivery of chargeable targets via professional support is expected. Some assistance with other supervisory duties of staff as instructed by Legal Services Manager of Deputy Legal Services Managers or above from time to time. Must have and demonstrate a commercial awareness and behaviours applied to the mixed range of clients and be able to ensure others work to and within such.
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities
As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
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Closing Date: 17 August 2022
Interview Date: 22 August 2022
For more information about the role please contact: Paula Dalton (01785) 276198.
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The County Council has adopted a set of values that seeks to achieve the best outcomes for its citizens, communities and employees.
Our People Strategy sets out what we all need to do to make Staffordshire County Council a great place to work, where people are supported to develop, flourish and contribute to our ambitious plans.
Our values are at the heart of the Strategy to ensure that the focus is on what is important to the organisation and the people it serves:
- Ambitious - We are ambitious for our communities and citizens
- Courageous - We recognise our challenges and are prepared to make courageous decisions
- Empowering - We empower and support our people by giving them the opportunity to do their jobs well.
Benefits for working for us….
We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.
In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits including:
- An excellent local government pension scheme
- Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service
- The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
- A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
- Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
- Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
- Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
- Eye care vouchers
- Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
- Bus and rail travel discounts