Lawyer / Senior Lawyer (Children’s Team)

Job Title – Lawyer / Senior Lawyer (Children’s Team)
Team – Legal Services
Hours – 37 hours per week
Grade I to K, scp31 £39,186 to scp43 £51,515 per annum – career grade dependent upon experience
Contract – Permanent

The Role

We are looking for a highly motivated children’s lawyer to join us to provide high quality advice and representation to the Council, Officers and Elected Members.

Working as part of a team you will provide advice and effectively conduct legal matters including those relating to safeguarding of children to include private and public Children Act proceedings, adoption, forced marriages, female genital mutilation, education law and immigration.

The role is a career graded post, allowing appointment according to level of experience and ability with subsequent career progression and recognition of progress. Those appointed to Grade K would be Senior Lawyers involved in mentoring and supporting the development of colleagues as well as deputising where appropriate for the Principal Lawyer, offering opportunities for continued personal development.

We are a close knit team providing high quality advice working collaboratively with colleagues across services to promote best practice and outcomes. Lawyers are supported in their role with allocated senior legal assistants on each case, in-house advocate and management support. Personal development is promoted with opportunities and support to increase knowledge and experience alongside mentoring and peer support.

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Job Description

About You

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable knowledge and experience in advising and conducting proceedings relating to children. You will have the ability to work to deadlines, analyse issues and develop solutions to problems by working collaboratively. Excellent communication skills will be required, as well as the ability to work under pressure and present complex information in a range of accessible formats. You will have the ability and confidence to work independently whilst knowing when to ask for support or guidance.

Whilst previous local authority experience would be an advantage, we encourage applications from candidates who have private practice experience, are counsel who have completed their pupillage, or who have experience in other in-house roles where you possess the desired transferrable skills.

About Us

This is your opportunity to join us at an exciting time as we have strong ambitions for the borough.

Bolton is a great place to work. We are a welcoming organisation that wants to contribute to a place where people feel active, connected and prosperous. We are passionate about improving the outcomes and experience of Bolton people. We want Bolton to be a vibrant place built on strong cohesive communities, successful businesses and healthy, engaged residents.

As an employer we want to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment, by giving them the opportunity to access a range of exclusive rewards and benefits, including discounts and exclusive gym membership prices and salary sacrifice schemes. In addition, we offer a generous annual leave allowance, flexible work opportunities, access to a Pension Scheme, as well as a range of employee wellbeing and support services.

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