Childcare Lawyer


Salary £33,799 – £39,638

Closing Date Midnight 6 March 2020

We are looking for a highly motivated lawyer to join the People Services Legal Team as a childcare lawyer, working in a lively and busy team of lawyers involved in a stimulating, challenging and rewarding area of law.

Cheshire East is an amazing place to live and work. As one of the largest employers in the borough, we are able to offer you a wide range of challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

At Cheshire East Council we are working for a brighter future – together and our commitment to you is that our workplace culture will provide a shared purpose, a well-led organisation with valued people succeeding together as one team and one council to deliver the best service for our customers and communities.

If you want to be part of our award-winning council and contribute to our ongoing success, have the flexibility and drive to enable us to innovate, are committed to working as part of a team and striving to deliver exceptional service wherever you can, we would especially like to hear from you.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our local communities so that we can all work for a brighter future – together.

Brighter Future

The successful candidate will be an experienced solicitor or barrister with an excellent working knowledge of the law relating to children. This post involves significant levels of advocacy including substantive contested hearings in the Family Court. Experience of social care law and advocacy is essential. You will have good interpersonal skills, be able to prioritise your own workload and work to tight court deadlines. You will have good communication and presentation skills, good customer care skills and good analytical and problem solving skills. You must be able to work as part of a team and be flexible, enthusiastic and committed.

The role includes providing a range of legal support to People Service and in particular Children’s Services, including advising on pre proceedings work, care proceedings,  adoption; and supporting the senior lawyer in his or her role of managing the team. You’ll be skilled at drafting legal documentation, providing concise and clear advice, and carrying out legal research and analysis. Well-organised and adaptable, you may from time to time be asked to take on challenges outside your field of expertise.

For an informal chat about this post, please telephone Deborah Nickson on Tel: 01270-685830

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For an informal chat about this position please telephone Deborah Nickson on 01270685830.

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