Service Lead – Strategic Lawyer – People

Job reference: 000060
Salary: £70,072
Department: Resources & Legal
Location: Wigan Town Hall
Division: Not specified
Hours Per Week: 37
Publication Date: 07/06/2024
Closing date: 30/06/2024

Job Details

Priority Candidates will be considered in the first instance

Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN

Salary: Grade 16, £70,072 per annum.

37 hours per week

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside the Assistant Director of Legal, Governance and Elections to make change happen, innovate and create a client focused model of operation. This position plays a key role in the organisation and is ideal for an experienced, highly motivated legal professional who understands the political, statutory and legislative landscapes and who can apply their knowledge to help our clients and the Council deliver its services both now and in the future.

Your role:

As Strategic Lawyer – People (Safeguarding) will deputise for the Assistant Director – Legal, Governance and Elections and other Strategic Lawyers, as and when required.

You will have overall professional responsibility for the following areas of law:

Adult social care,
Children’s social care,

You will work closely with Senior Leadership, Elected Members, Trade Unions, Partner Organisations and other key stakeholders from across the public and private sector to deliver the Council’s transformational work streams and New Era priorities.

You will also be responsible for providing leadership to a team of qualified professionals and for the development of a client care culture which places a strong emphasis on collaborative working and shared goals.

You will handle a personal caseload of complex and significant cases, assisting on Corporate and GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) initiatives within your area of responsibility.

About you:

You will be an admitted Solicitor entitled to a current practicing certificate (the qualification of Barrister or Legal Executive is an acceptable alternative) and you will have extensive post qualification experience and in at least one area of law from the list below:

Adults social care,
Children’s social care,

You will have experience of managing and leading a team of staff within a local authority or similar public or private sector organisation.

You will be an enthusiastic, highly motivated and professional individual who has experience of providing high level strategic legal advice to assist and guide clients when making decisions.

You will need to engage, inspire and care to achieve service developments, transformation and a culture of continuous improvement.

You will have substantial experience and a successful track record of operating at senior level within a local authority, or similar public sector or private sector organisation.

About us:

Wigan Council has been voted ‘Overall Council of the Year’ at the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) 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.

Our Legal team is inventive in its approach, digitally enabled and encourages a blended working ethos with equipment provided. This ensures that our staff have a happy and healthy work life balance. We are proud to have won the prestigious Lawyers in Local Government Innovation Award 2021 for our strategy on digital innovation.

We are committed to the continuous professional development of our staff which includes the payment of professional fees, a wide range of training opportunities and potential for management development. Our commitment to continuous professional development has seen us shortlisted for the Lawyers in Local Government Excellence in training award 2024.

Here at Wigan, we are proud to support flexible working patterns, when the service can accommodate this. We also take a blended approach to where we work, depending on the work we do. This may include working from home (My Place), the office (Our Place) or the community (Your Place). 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 click here to find out more about working for #TeamWigan.

Wigan Council prides itself on equality, inclusion and promoting diversity within the borough and aims to recruit a workforce that reflects our diverse communities. We invest in training and developing our staff, in a positive learning environment, and aim to be a consciously inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everybody in the community and would particularly encourage applicants from our underrepresented groups to apply. At Wigan, it is really important to us that applicants demonstrate our Team Wigan behaviours, and we do all we can to make sure that everyone feels like they belong. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

To be appointable in this role you must be able to prove you have the right to work in the UK. If you are unsure, please visit the below link to check you qualify to apply. Please note, at present we are not a licenced sponsor. Prove your right to work to an employer: Overview – GOV.UK (

For further information, or an informal discussion please contact Janet Davies via email

Interview date: Week Commencing Monday 15th July 2024

This is a politically restricted role

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