Adult Safeguarding Lawyer (Part Time)

Part Time 29.6 hours per week

Salary £35,336 to £48,120 pro rata per annum

Ref No W2020

Closing date 14th July 2022

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

This is a rare opportunity for a talented lawyer to join the high performing, Lexcel accredited legal safeguarding team in Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, hardworking  able team player with a ‘can do attitude’. A desire to be an intrinsic part of a successful team is essential. The post holder will be required to provide high quality legal advice to Senior Officers and Members of the Council on matters pertaining to the Court of Protection, Mental Capacity, Adult Safeguarding, Mental Health and Inherent Jurisdiction and other social care related issues to ensure statutory duties of the Council are met and vulnerable adults in the Borough are protected.

In addition, the post holder should be able to demonstrate litigation experience, having ideally had conduct of their own caseload of adult social care matters.  Responsibilities will include provision of duty legal advice to social work colleagues, reviewing evidence, making applications, running a busy caseload, deputising for managers, attending meetings with service users, external professionals and lawyers as required.

The role is offered on a part time basis (4 days per week), permanent.

The salary range will be determined on experience of the successful candidate (please see job description and person specification).

Grade 10 – (SCP 31 – 35) (£35,336 – 41,440)

Grade 11 – (SCP 35- 40) (£41,440 – 48,120).

Legal Services is a busy, supportive team, this role offers an interesting and varied workload and the support and encouragement to develop your potential.


Our core values are those of the Council – Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money, Empowerment.

The legal safeguarding team are hybrid workers, the Council offers generous leave allowances (25 rising to 30 days per year, plus bank holiday), flexible working and excellent pension provision.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Stephanie Mackinnon or Caroline Crosby in the first instance and

The contractual work location for this role is Chester however you may be required to work from a range of work locations or sites within the Borough and may also be required to work from home, depending on the needs of the service.

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In your application you should ensure that you provide evidence of how you have demonstrated meeting the Council’s core competencies of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

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If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please click the Equality Policy for more information.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £9.90 per hour for all contracted hours.

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