Legal Executive - Social Care and Education

3 days left

Location
Civic Centre
Salary
£35,934 - £40,760
Posted
15 Sep 2020
Closes
25 Sep 2020
Job Ref
WLV000003123
Job Type
Legal
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time
Legal Executive Grade 7 (£36,922 - £41,881)

Fixed Term Contract until end of November 2021 (maternity cover)

City of Wolverhampton Council Legal Services are seeking to recruit an experienced qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive entitled to practice to join our busy Social Care and Education Team.

To succeed in this role, you will have recent in-depth knowledge and post qualification experience in Child Care litigation. We would particularly welcome applications from applicants with an interest in developing their advocacy practice as you will be required to demonstrate advocacy skills and a willingness to undertake contested advocacy.

As a great communicator you must be able to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills as well as demonstrable skills and strengths in negotiation, drafting, persuading and influencing. You will need to have an ability to command the respect, trust and confidence of your clients and senior managers as well as the court.

Providing legal advice and representation to the Council on matters relating to child protection and some adult social care, you will manage a caseload of public law childcare and pre-proceedings matters, private law matters and DOLS applications, working collaboratively with the team to ensure best practice.

You will also conduct your own advocacy by representing the Local Authority at Court hearings and will provide tailored legal advice to council officers. You will be working on some of the most sensitive and challenging, yet the most rewarding of cases, supporting our Social Care clients in achieving the best outcomes for children within the City.

The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience of the law and practice relating to safeguarding children litigation and proven advocacy skills to represent the Council in contested proceedings. Knowledge of and experience of private children act proceedings, non-school attendance education prosecutions and adult social care including Court of Protection is desirable.

You will need to be highly motivated, enthusiastic and work effectively as part of a team. Knowledge and understanding of local government and procedures, and an appreciation of the challenges facing local authorities is desirable.

For more information speak to Tracey Christie on 01902 554925 or email Tracey.Christie@wolverhampton.gov.uk

City of Wolverhampton Council are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria. The council operates a guaranteed interview policy for disabled candidates, those who have previously been under our care and are over the age of 25 and veterans who have served in the military, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post are met.

Our application system is anonymous, this means recruitment interview panel members will not receive details of your name or date of birth unless you are invited to attend an interview. We are not able to hide personal information from any attachments that you upload so we request that you remove your name, date of birth and any personal information from any supporting documentation. The shortlisting panel will receive your candidate pack in full (including any attachments) showing your candidate number.

If you are invited to attend an interview, panel members will be provided with your name.

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