Job details

Salary

GBP £46,536 to £48,576 46536

Grade

PO5

Department

Chief Executive's

Service

Legal

DBS Required

No

Contract Type

Permanent / Fixed Term - Full Time / Part Time

Closing date

29/11/2020

Following a redesign of the way in which we provide legal services, a number of exciting opportunities have arisen to join the progressive London Borough of Hackney Legal Service, where you will play a vital role in delivering the Mayor’s Priorities and the Council’s vision of keeping Hackney as a place for everyone.

We are currently looking to recruit to the following positions with the aim of developing an innovative and accessible service which contributes to the shaping of service delivery within a high profile Local Authority:

1 x Lawyer with a focus on Children’s Services (Full time – 2 year fixed term contract)

1 x Lawyer with a focus on Childrens’ Services / No Recourse to Public Funds (Full time – 2 year fixed term contract)

1 x Lawyer with a focus on Children’s Services (21.6 hours per week, Permanent contract – Pro rata)

1 x Lawyer with a focus on Education (Full time – Permanent contract)

In all cases we are looking for practising lawyers (i.e. a qualified solicitor, a barrister who has completed pupillage or a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives) who are solutions focused and driven to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.

You will be responsible for a mixed caseload and must be proactive in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters. Excellent communication skills are essential, but you will also exemplify the tact and discretion needed to handle sometimes highly confidential and sensitive matters.

Children’s services

Our Children’s Services group advise on all aspects of child protection law and deal with challenging and high profile cases. We require lawyers with excellent subject knowledge, with strong advocacy skills and an attention to detail. Inevitably you will demonstrate resilience and tenacity but above all you must have a real enthusiasm for this area of work.

Education

Forming part of the group with Children’s Services, the education lawyer will be expected to provide high quality and responsive legal advice in relation to any education matters within the authority, including SENDIST and school exclusions and admissions. Advocacy skills is also a requirement for this role as you will be required to represent the local authority in the

This is an exciting time to join the London Borough of Hackney, a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. If you are a person who will truly live our organisational values: being open, ambitious, pioneering, inclusive, proactive and proud – proud of Hackney, of the Council, and of the work we do – then we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to have an informal chat about any of these roles please contact either Dawn Carter-McDonald Director of Legal on 02082 356 6293 and Governance or Louise Humphreys Head of Legal and Governance on 0208 356 4817

To apply:

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 29 November 2020

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

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