£43,530 - £45,438 (PO5)
Permanent - Full Time
Hackney is London's most diverse and dynamic borough. Stretching from the edge of the City, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in the tech, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green space than any other inner London borough, some of the capital's best schools, and first class transport connections, which combined with excellent local public services and a thriving arts, cultural and retail sector, are fast making it one of London's most popular areas to live, work and visit. The challenge for Hackney is to make sure that the borough's economic growth provides benefits for everyone who lives here, and to create opportunities that will transform the lives of local people.
Hackney’s legal team enables and supports the council to provide an effective and value-for-money service. The borough’s housing lawyers provide clear, consistent and accurate legal advice to clients and undertake advocacy on behalf of the Council in courts and tribunals. An opportunity has arisen in the housing legal team for a qualified lawyer.
The position of housing lawyer carries great responsibility but also much variety and you will be expected to manage a caseload of routine and non-routine legal matters with the minimum of supervision. Advising one of the UK’s largest housing authorities is challenging but rewarding, and you will be joining a dynamic team of specialists.
Your daily workload will involve handling disrepair cases, unauthorised occupier and other possession claims and a variety of other housing litigation including homelessness and JRs. As part of the team’s possession case rota you will attend court on a regular basis. You may be asked to give advice on request for housing clients within the Council.
In order to be considered for the position of housing lawyer you must be a qualified solicitor, barrister or FILEX with extensive knowledge of housing law, in particular of public sector housing law, though it is not essential for you to have worked within a local authority.
You must have experience of advocacy and of researching and presenting cogent legal arguments. Your personal and professional demeanour must generate credibility and confidence.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact: Jeremy Hill on 0208 356 4538.
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. It is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification
At Hackney, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is stimulating, fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high profile organisation.
If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please visit our website.
Closing date: Sunday 1 October 2017 at (22:59 hrs)
The ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing is essential for the post.
We are passionate about equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply.