Salary: Grade 5, £20,493 – £23,080 per annum. £10.62 – £11.96 per hour
37 hours per week
As a Paralegal – People you will be part of a client focussed and outcomes driven legal and democratic function.
You will operate in the areas of law of Children’s social care, Education, Adult social care, Health or Contentious Housing. You will work closely with client officers, Elected Members, partner organisations and other key stakeholders to assist them in the delivery of their service objectives and priorities.
You will co-work case with Lawyers and handle a legal caseload under supervision. You will need to be able to draft legal documents, engage in negotiations and prepare proceedings on behalf of the Council.
You will also be required to undertake legal research on behalf of colleagues, gather evidence and documentation and liaising with key stakeholders including external solicitors, barristers and courts.
You will need to have a degree in Law (2:2 or above) or Level 3 CILEX or significant experience of working in a busy legal environment working in the areas of law outlined above.
You will be able to operate in a pressurised and deadline driven environment and be able to provide legal advice to assist and guide clients when making decisions. You will co-work cases and handle a legal caseload under supervision drafting legal documentation, engage in negotiations and prepare proceedings on behalf of the Council.
You will also be required to undertake legal research on behalf of colleagues, gather evidence and documentation and liaise with external stakeholders including external solicitors, barristers and courts.
This role is a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are looking to start or continue their careers in law in a local government setting.
Wigan Council has been voted ‘Council of the Year’ at the 2019 LGC Awards and has recently published The Deal 2030, our ambitious plan for our borough. We are signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment ensuring that your service will be continuous or ‘unbroken’ between the supporting organisations.
Wigan is a great place to work and, as a local authority, we truly value and recognise our staff as our greatest asset. Through our ‘Be Wigan’ behaviours, Be Courageous, Be Accountable and Be Positive, we actively encourage innovation, strive to deliver outstanding services and celebrate our successes. Our Legal team is innovative in its approach, digitally enabled and embrace a SMART working ethos to ensure our staff have a healthy work life balance.
Wigan has a fantastic reputation for investing in its staff and Legal Services has a strong tradition of offering trainee roles both via the CILEX and training contract route. We are committed to the continuous professional development of our staff and offer a wide range of training opportunities and potential for career development.
Our dedicated in-house Legal team provides high quality legal advice to Senior Leaders, Elected Members, Council Officers, partner organisations and other key stakeholders across the public and private sector on a range of legal matters.
We aim to offer services which are good value for money, innovative in their approach and delivery, risk aware not risk averse and open to doing things differently. We adopt a collaborative approach with all our clients’ ensuring we are embedded in all their processes and decision making.
As an employer we like to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment by giving them the opportunity to access a range of exclusive rewards and benefits.
For further information, please contact Victoria Finley, Group Lawyer – People via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Interview date: Week commencing Monday 2 November 2020
Interviews will take place remotely
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