Solicitor (Housing & Community Safety Team)
At Birmingham City Council, we are always looking for people of the highest calibre whose knowledge, skills and experience will help us provide the best possible service. We are working to support a hugely diverse city with a wide range of services in order to make a positive difference every day to people’s lives.Working within one of the largest legal teams in local government, you will be involved in complex, challenging work at this exciting time in Birmingham City Council’s future. Join us, and you’ll be in a great place for both professional and personal development in our large, vibrant and evolving city.
We are recruiting in the Housing Litigation Team for a Grade 5 – Solicitor/Barrister/Lawyer, You must hold a current Practising Certificate or be a lawyer with demonstrably equivalent skills, abilities, knowledge experience of advising on Housing Litigation.
Your workload will primarily focus on claims brought against the City Council under Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 using the Pre action Protocol for Housing Conditions claims, issued proceedings in respect of the same, injunctions applications, and Rent Possession proceedings where the claim is defended on the basis of housing disrepair. There may be limited scope to undertake work relating to anti-social behaviour, homelessness and judicial review.
The successful candidates must be able to be proactive, demonstrate excellent administrative, organisational, written and verbal communication skills as well as an ability to work to a high standard as part of a team in a pressurised environment. You should be able to inspire confidence with our client officers, and help us to maximise our potential in a very challenging service area. Advocacy skills and a willingness to further develop the same would be a distinct advantage.
Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.
For more information about either role, please call Sanjeev Bhopal, Senior Solicitor on 0121 675 4673.
We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.
Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants. All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.Supporting documents