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Solicitor/Barrister - Child Protection

Employer
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
DY1 1HL
Salary
£48474 - £51515
Closing date
16 Feb 2024
Reference
DUDLEY/TP/460/138

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

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Dudley MBC is a community council rich in history and is very focused on regenerating and reinvesting itself to meet the challenges of the future, forming part of the West Midlands Combined Authority.  Legal Services continues to be accredited with Lexcel, the Law Society's standard in excellence in legal practice management and client care. 

Full time (37 hours p/w) Permanent 

Salary: Grade 12 (£48,474 - £51,515 per annum)

Agile Working between Dudley Town Centre/Working from home

We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Solicitor/Barrister with knowledge and experience of the Public Law Outline (PLO) and pre proceedings Protocol and experience of family law and family court advocacy in the area of Children Act public law and Adoption and Children Act proceedings, to join our team to assist in the provision of an efficient and effective public law child protection litigation on behalf of the Council, its Directorates and Officers.

The successful candidate will manage a caseload of Children Act public law cases, together with related adoption applications, and be an able court advocate, comfortable with conducting hearings of up to a day in length at the Family Court sitting primarily at Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley. Due to the small nature of the team, the post holder will be expected to show flexibility to cover the work and hearings of other team members as necessary.

This role involves agile working from client offices, home and the courts.

For further information or an informal chat, please contact: Nick Wood on 01384 816576 or via email Nicholas.wood@dudley.gov.uk or Diane Nation on 01384 815751 or via email diane.nation@dudley.gov.uk

So that we can demonstrate Dudley’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and to improve bias in the recruitment process that could create barriers for candidates. Your personal data will be anonymised when you apply, to ensure that you comply with our anonymisation process, please ensure you have removed your name and date of birth from any attachments prior to uploading them to your application.  

Online application forms will only be accepted for this vacancy, online facilities for jobs are available at public libraries within the Dudley Borough.  

If you require support completing an online or paper application form and or interview techniques, please contact Dudley Adult and Community Learning on 01384 818 143 or acl@dudley.gov.uk  who can support with Digital Skills and Job Applications.  

If you have a disability and require assistance in making an application please contact the HR Resourcing Team via HR.Resourcing@dudley.gov.uk  

If you are experiencing a problem whilst applying for a position, please follow the link below to the WM Jobs Help Page in the first instance https://help.wmjobs.co.uk/    

If the WM Jobs Help Page does not resolve your issue then please contact the HR Resourcing Team via HR.Resourcing@dudley.gov.uk 

Dudley Council will check the information that you have provided against any details already held for accuracy and completeness. The Council will check, share and cross match your information both internally within the council and with external organisations to protect public funds and prevent or detect crime, only where the law allows us to do so.  

The Council’s full Privacy and Disclaimer Statement can be accessed on the website at http://www.dudley.gov.uk/  

N.B. We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised date should we receive a large number of applications

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From Monday 11th December 2023 an exciting change is happening for us as an organisation - we have implemeted a new system which will improve your candidate experience! To access your candidate portal for our new system, head to https://dudley.wm-jobs.co.uk/members/

If you have an application in progress with us on, or before, Monday 11th December 2023 – don’t worry, this will continue as it normally would and there will be no impact on your application or the process. More information on our new and improved system can be found on the WMJobs help pages

About Dudley Council

It’s an incredibly exciting time to work in Dudley Council as we embark on numerous multi-million pound regeneration schemes which will be real game-changers for the borough. In addition to the exciting schemes such as the Midland Metro we also have the ongoing and very serious challenges of ensuring vulnerable people across the borough receive the services they deserve.

At Dudley Council we have a ‘one council’ ethos that builds an effective and dynamic organisation which grows the economy and creates jobs, creating a cleaner and greener place and supports stronger and safer communities.

We are rightly proud to be the historic capital of the Black Country and, working with our partners, Dudley Council is also committed to looking forward and helping to deliver our borough vision of ‘Forge a Future for all’ www.dudleyboroughvision2030.org.uk

We ensure communities influence council decisions and are committed to delivering services in partnership with communities.  We provide flexible and responsive service in partnership and help communities help themselves.

In joining a local authority that serves 320,000 residents you will become an integral part of a council that:

• is ready to embrace change, providing an environment in which you will be encouraged to make your mark

• is aware of its key challenges and the need for a new energy to innovate the council, in order to find cost effective ways of delivering services

• has aligned its political and managerial leadership structures and is committed to protecting, securing and transforming the lives of children, families, the vulnerable and older people

• wants borough residents to have their say through our community forums

• dedicates time to meaningful consultation and listen to the views of our residents

• is working with the community to encourage active involvement of our residents

We want to leave a legacy of a better future for the borough that reflects Dudley borough’s potential and harnesses the ambitions of the people we serve. For more information see our Council Plan www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/plan-policies-and-strategies/council-plan, Dudley Borough Vision for 2030, Forging a Future for All www.dudleyboroughvision2030.org.uk and key information about the borough and its communities at All about Dudley Borough www.allaboutdudley.info

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Telephone
01384 811300
Location
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Mary Stevens Park
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 2AA
United Kingdom

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