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Childcare Solicitor

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/10/2019 23:59
£35,934 - £38,813 pa
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Employment Location:
South Gloucestershire Council, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
17 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

We are recruiting for a childcare solicitor who will be responsible for providing legal advice and assistance, progressing less complex cases initially and further developing skills to deal with more complex cases and advocacy over time.

We can offer you a flexible working pattern, we have a home working policy and generous pension scheme. A relocation package is also available subject to criteria.

The Role:
• Working alongside the People Team Manager you will deliver effective child care legal work to the Council and provide assistance to the senior child care solicitors.
• Manage a childcare caseload, including preparation of court applications and, as appropriate, undertake advocacy in the Family Court, to include the Magistrates’ Court under the supervision of the People Team Manager.
• You will produce s7 and s37 reports, providing disclosure in response to DPA subject access and disclosure requests, organising/attending advocates’ meetings, advising at strategy meetings, collating, organising and overseeing the placement of documents within court bundles, undertaking legal research, drafting briefs for Counsel.
• Liaising with officers of the Court, solicitors, barristers, court staff and also members of the public, you will build positive working relationships within the Legal Services and with client departments, identifying and agreeing actions.
• Effective time management is key to keep all relevant parties informed of the progress of cases, taking due regard of Court dates, priorities, deadlines, in accordance with any working procedures adopted by Legal Services.
• You will use your sound knowledge to give advice and guidance around Data Protection, Public Interest immunity and immigration law in so far as this is relevant to Children Act proceedings.

You will Have:
• A Qualification as a Solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
• Significant experience of working in a legal environment related to Public Law Children Act proceedings or within a similar role.
• Well-developed interpersonal skills for persuading, influencing, building relationships and communicating effectively.
• Good literacy and report writing skills.
• Understanding to interpret complex data and provide solutions and recommendations to achieve appropriate outcomes.
• Co-ordinate and deliver documentation to tight timetables.

At South Gloucestershire Council we are making a difference: come and be part of it!

To discuss the opportunity or for further information, please call Karen Moore on 01454 864227

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Safer Recruitment
South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values
As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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