Group Solicitor – Family

Ref: SM2/OL-59585

Salary £52,677 – £55,684 a year

Closing Date: Sunday 10th April 2022

Role Overview:

To lead and manage the Legal Services Family Team and to undertake and advise upon complex Family Court work and ancillary Family Law related matters.

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Key Responsibilities:

  • To advise the Council, through its officers, directorate and committees, and any other clients, on legal matters primarily, but not exclusively, relating to family law, police disclosure applications and school appeals, including attendance at evening meetings as required.
  • To advise and attend or ensure attendance by team members at legal planning meetings and ensure compliance with the Public Law Outline.
  • To attend Committees, Working Groups and other meetings with Members as may be required and provide advice and assistance as necessary to enable the Council to operate efficiently within legal requirements.
  • To set up systems to implement legal powers and functions within the Authority.
  • To give clear management guidance and assistance to all team members in respect of areas of expertise specific to the postholder and to assist and cover for other team members as necessary

Key Requirements:

To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:

  • Evidence of continued professional, managerial and personal development.
  • Extensive Post Qualification Experience of Family Law Proceedings including undertaking advocacy in contested Hearings and undertaking complex Family Court Proceedings
  • Extensive experience of motivating and managing a team, including change management, having input into organisational development programmes and effective working with staff.
  • Evidence of successful resource and financial management, including evidence of the resolution of conflicting priorities and assisting with setting budgets.
  • An understanding of the issues and challenges facing the Service both operationally and strategically.
  • Qualified Solicitor or Barrister.

Oldham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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