Solicitor – Children

Corporate and Commercial Services, Legal Services, Childcare Solicitor

Ref: SM3/OL-90536
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: SM3 £52,555 – £55,678
Hours: 36.40 per week
Based: Level 4, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UL /Working from home and office and with attendance at Family Court Manchester
Closing date: Sunday 7th April 2024

Role overview

To provide the professional services of a solicitor to the Council and other bodies within the Directorate for Health and Well-being.

Key responsibilities

• To advise Council, Executive, Committees, Officers and Departments of the Council on legal matters primarily, but not exclusively, relating to all areas of Social Services including attendance at evening meetings as requested.
• Advocacy in contested and uncontested hearings in Court and when necessary instruction of Counsel at the Family Court, including the preparation and management of cases.
• Drafting and settling of legal documentation with particular reference to Children’s Social Care.
• Conduct of litigation with particular reference to Children’s Social Care and matters.

Key Requirements

To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:
• Extensive experience of advising Social work clients and their managers.
• Extensive post qualification experience in conducting child care proceedings.
• Advocacy experience including Contested Hearings at Court.
• Ability to advise competently in complex child care matters and to assimilate and advise upon evidential matters relating thereto.

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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