Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £37,653 to £38,934 37653 - SO2
Contract Type
Fixed Term / Secondment
Contract Length
14 months
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Chief Executive's
Closing date

14 Month Fixed Term/Secondment Opportunity


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the progressive London Borough of Hackney Legal Service, where you will play a vital role in delivering the Deputy 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 position with the aim of developing an innovative and accessible service which contributes to the shaping of service delivery within a high profile Local Authority.

We are looking for a paralegal who has completed the Legal Practice Course and or the Bar Vocational Course or equivalent.

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.

Litigation and Public Realm Team
We need a proactive paralegal to join our Litigation and Public Realm team which advise and undertake all aspects of litigation within a Local Authority setting. The focus being civil litigation (particularly debt claims), low level prosecutions as well as some general litigation.  Strong advocacy skills and attention to detail are a plus.

Inevitably you will demonstrate resilience and tenacity but above all you must have a real enthusiasm for this area of work.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Josephine Sterakides (Senior Lawyer and Acting Team Leader) on 0208 356 2775.

There is no better place to work in London than Hackney; we have great pride in our borough, our communities, and our services. Hackney is one of London’s most vibrant and diverse boroughs. It’s one of the most sought after areas to live in London with good schools, parks and local amenities, as well as great transport links and vibrant and diverse communities.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

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.

We will not accept applications where Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to assist with completing the competency questions or any part of the application form.

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 08 October 2023 22:59

Interview date: To be confirmed

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 age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 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.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: