Lawyer (Community and Litigation). 2 posts

Lawyer (Community and Litigation).
Business & Corporate Services

Legal Services

Bolton Council
Bolton Council

Grade 9, £33,136 – £37,107 per annum

37 hours per week

1 x permanent post, and 1 x 12 month fixed term contract

This salary is subject to the 2019 National Joint Council pay award and any local agreements approved by the Council. Please refer to the Council’s pay structure when applying for a job at Bolton Council.

We are looking to recruit Lawyers to join our Social Care Legal Team. There are two posts available – one permanent position and one maternity cover for up to 12 months. The successful candidate will work with a varied caseload within a sensitive political environment.

Applicants should be enthusiastic team players with excellent organisational skills and be able to look at evidence in a balanced and analytical way in order to conduct a case from start to conclusion. Knowledge of Local Government Law with a particular emphasis on Public Children Act proceedings and some Adult Social Care is essential.

Excellent communication skills are required as you will be responsible for your own case management to include drafting and advocacy. You will have the ability to work on your own initiative and be effective when faced with a high volume of complex work ranging from care and placement proceedings, inquests, disclosure, immigration and adult matters. Applicants will be required to cover advocacy and some meetings on the caseloads of their colleagues so should be confident to be able to pick up a case and continue with it.

Legal Services provides legal advice about council functions and represents the council in courts, tribunals and inquiries. Our main clients are officers in the council’s departments. In addition, we provide advice to members.

Over the years, we have developed specialist knowledge in many areas of law including those relating to employment, licensing, planning, housing, local government prosecutions, civil claims, judicial review, private and public Children Act proceedings, immigration, education, adult social care, property, regeneration, compulsory purchase, contracts, procurement and highways. We also deal with constitutional matters and ensure that administrative decisions are properly taken and implemented by advising on the council’s legal powers and duties. Our lawyers provide legal advice with regards to governance issues to include disclosure of information, complaints and Ombudsman work. We offer a good team environment with opportunities to work from home and flexi time as well as the ability to join the

local government pension scheme.

For an informal discussion about the position please contact Sharon Hymes or Alison Kelly on 01204 331121.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS check is therefore required for this post.

This post is a designated customer facing role under the fluency duty and requires a specified level of spoken English as per the person specification.

This organisation has signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment. That means we will recognise your continuous or ‘unbroken’ service in any Greater Manchester local authority or NHS organisation, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service or Greater Manchester Combined Authority, giving you access to our service-related benefits.

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