Team Lawyer – Corporate

Job reference: 000029
Salary: £42,403 – £46,464
Department: Resources & Legal
Location: Wigan Town Hall
Division: Not specified
Hours Per Week: 37
Publication Date: 06/06/2024
Closing date: 30/06/2024

Job Details

Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN

Salary: Grade 10, £42,403 – £46,464 per annum.

37 hours per week

Your role:

As a Team Lawyer – Corporate you will be part of a client focussed and outcomes driven legal and democratic function. Your role will specifically focus on Education dealing with Special Educational Needs, judicial review, Local Government Ombudsman, school admissions, school attendance and exclusions and directly with schools and academies.

The team operates within the wider Corporate Legal Team in the areas of Employment and Education, Democratic Services, Elections, Information Governance, and Planning. 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 handle a legal caseload which may include complex and legally challenging matters, drafting complex and significant legal documents and engage in detailed negotiations with parties as appropriate. You will advise, prepare and conduct proceedings acting as an advocate for the Council at court, tribunals, inquiries and other statutory and legislative hearings.

About you:

We would be especially interested in hearing from candidates with post qualification experience in Education.

You will be a Solicitor with a current practicing certificate or have an equivalent Barrister or Legal Executive qualification. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with post qualification experience in Education Law. You will be an enthusiastic, highly motivated and professional individual with experience of providing legal advice to assist and guide clients when making decisions.

You will have experience of handling a personal caseload of legal cases including complex and significant matters. You will be able to advise, prepare and conduct proceedings acting as an advocate for the Council at court, tribunals, inquiries and other statutory and legislative hearings.

You will have a proven track record in working in a pressured and deadline driven environment and be able to represent the service and the Council at a local and regional level as necessary.

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 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.

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 an informal discussion please contact Kate Rushton, Group Lawyer via email

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 8th July 2024

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