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Childcare Solicitor/Barrister CR5562/843/NSH

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 20/11/2018 23:59
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Employment Location:
South Gloucestershire Council, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
20 Nov

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Childcare Solicitor/Barrister

The postholder will be responsible for providing legal advice and assistance, including representing the Council at tribunals, inquiries, courts and such other forums at which the Council requires representation, and advising the Council at committee meetings and panels. The case work will primarily be focused on child care legal work. The postholder will be an experienced advocate and will be required to provide pro-active, pragmatic, solution-based legal advice and assistance.

The People team comprises fee earners providing robust legal advice in relation to safeguarding vulnerable individuals across the community and includes: education, anti-social behaviour, homelessness, child and adult social care employment, attendance at committees and panels and representing the council at tribunals, inquiries and at courts

The team works closely together to support each other and team members will be multi-skilled to provide a comprehensive and joined-up service to the Council.

Interviews scheduled for 28th or 30th November.

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.

Main Duties

The post holder will be accountable to the People Team Manager and will be required to:

(i) work closely with the Team Manager – People Team to ensure the effective delivery of child care legal work to the Council

(ii) Support the busy team of child care solicitors and legal assistants, with particular responsibility for their own case work but to provide cover for colleagues absences.

(iii) to undertake a wide ranging & complex childcare caseload, to manage your own time effectively and prioritise workload appropriately.

(iv) to provide high quality legal advice and advocacy in the Family Court, to include the Magistrates’ Court and advocacy at higher level, liaising with officers of the Court, solicitors, barristers and their staff, and members of the public as appropriate .

(v) to represent the Legal division at internal meetings with the client department,

(vi) to provide legal advice to Panels, including advice on threshold,

(vii) to keep all relevant parties informed of the progress of the case, taking due regard of Court dates, priorities, deadlines, in accordance with any working procedures adopted by Legal Services

(viii) to demonstrate a sound knowledge of Data Protection, Public Interest immunity and immigration law in so far as this is relevant to Children Act proceedings.

(ix) in providing legal advice, managing a case, undertaking advocacy and meeting with clients, to take responsibility and demonstrate competence thorough preparation, research and application of rigorous analytical problem solving methods.

(x) to ensure that output and quality of work is of good quality and accords, where appropriate, with current regulations/legislation/Court practice.

(xi) to build positive working relationships within the Legal Services and with client departments, working constructively with the Senior Childcare Solicitor & People Team Leader to identify and agree action in relation to development needs.

(xii) to evaluate own working processes and identify effective and improved working methods.

(xiii) to provide cover for colleagues in work of a similar nature.

(xiv) to undertake such other duties considered appropriate to the grading of the post as required by Team Manager.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential Criteria
i) Be an admitted solicitor or a Qualified Barrister
ii) Have a sound understanding of child care law
iii) Have demonstrable experience of managing a complex caseload.
Iv) Be an experienced advocate
v) Be able to work with limited support and supervision;
vi) Be able to work as part of a team under pressure within tight timescales
vii) Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
viii) Ability to build and maintain positive working arrangements with colleagues, clients and all other relevant parties
ix) Effective IT skills
Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours

Desirable Criteria

i) Have experience/knowledge of local government law and practice, Data Protection law, Immigration Law and PII in so far as it is relevant to children Act casework

ii) Be a member of the Law Society Children Panel.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, after having read the job summary, please contact Gill Sinclair (01454) 863039


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).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

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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