Team Lawyer – People

Salary: Grade 10, £36,876 – £40,760 per annum.

37 hours per week

Closing date 3 November 2019

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.

We would be especially interested in hearing from candidates with either Children’s social care or Adult social care experience.

Your Role

As a Team Lawyer People you will be part of a client focussed and outcomes driven legal and democratic function.

The People Team operate in the areas of law of Children’s social care, Education, Adult social care, Health and 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 handle a legal caseload which could include complex and significant matters, drafting complex and significant legal documents engaging 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

You will be an admitted Solicitor entitled to a current practicing certificate or have an alternative Barrister or Legal Executive qualification. You will also have post qualification experience in either Children’s social care or Adult social care plus another are of 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 which could include complex and signification matters. You will also be expected 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 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 ‘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.

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.

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 Andrew Lee, Strategic Lawyer – People on 01942 828332 or

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Interview date: Week commencing Monday 18 November 2019

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