7 days left

02 May 2019
30 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Our local authority client based in Merton London are urgently seeking an experienced Lawyer with experience of education law and in particular knowledge and experience of SEN Tribunals and disability discrimination.

Job Description

To provide customer focused, high quality and responsive specialist legal advice in relation to at least one of the area of legal expertise covered by a local authority legal team. These areas are as follows:

* Children's Social Care

* Adults Social Care

* Education

* Employment

* Planning

* Highways

* Property

* Procurement

* Administrative Law

* Finance

* Elections


* Licensing

* Environment

• To be responsible for delivering a variety of types of legal work as expected within that specialism.

• To be responsible, at different levels of seniority, for providing creative legal solutions on a seamless basis to support service transformation and change and to meet client needs and at the more senior levels to be able to deliver advice on a broad range of areas.

• To carry an extensive case load of complex and sensitive matters and at the more senior levels to be managing cases that would be considered to be highly complex or organisationally high profile.

• To be responsible for representing the interests of the service within the wider council organisations in any of the five authorities and with external clients.

• To supervise legal and non-legal junior staff and at the higher levels to supervise and provide line management of up to five FTE fee earning staff

• At the higher levels to deputise for the Team Manager or Head of Law

Qualifications and Experience

• Qualified legal executive, solicitor or barrister or chartered legal executive with a background in local government

• Good knowledge of relevant legislation to the service area and the decision making processes and procedures

• Good understanding of current issues and best practice on service delivery relevant to the service areas

• Good and demonstrable analytical legal skills

Skills and Knowledge

• Ability to work under pressure and respond efficiently to the changing needs of the clients

• Ability to be able to travel to attend client officers or courts wherever the client's case is being considered

• Commitment to the principles of and development of the Shared Legal Service

• Ability to contribute to the ongoing development of the Shared Legal Service

• Good communication skills, both orally and in writing and good numeracy and analytical skills

Please apply with your updated CV ensuring that any gaps in employment are explained.

At this point, may we take this opportunity to thank you for the interest you have shown in this role. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not always possible to respond to everyone. Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 7 days, your application for this vacancy will have been unsuccessful