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Senior Assistant Lawyer

Devon County Council
Exeter, Devon
£32,910 - £36,922
Closing date
15 Nov 2020

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Senior Assistant Lawyer

County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD

£32,910 - £36,922

Permanent, full time

Applications are invited for a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives to join the Litigation section of Devon County Council’s Legal Department. 

If successful you will be responsible for managing a varied civil and criminal litigation caseload to include Trading Standards and Education prosecutions, conduct of civil proceedings in the County Court, drafting, advocacy and the provision of legal advice on a wide range of legal matters including highways, and education.

Previous Local Government experience is desirable but not essential, however you must demonstrate that you have a keen interest in working in the public sector. The post will require some advocacy experience and you will be required to attend court on a regular basis.  The willingness to learn new areas of law and ability to provide fast-paced legal advice on a variety of legal topics is essential.

We offer an attractive package of benefits, including:

  • 21 days' paid annual leave (rising with length of service), plus bank holidays and two statutory days at Christmas
  • Access to the attractive Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working opportunities including flexitime and homeworking
  • Access to Perks at Work and Devon Discounts schemes, offering a fantastic array of savings and discounts at local and high-street brands
  • Personal development opportunities

For an informal discussion please contact Carl Hedger on 01392 383 000.

To download the full job description and to apply, please visit and search using reference REC/20/09578. When completing the “Supporting Statement” section of the Application, please ensure that you have addressed the above-mentioned responsibilities

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English. This role requires a DBS disclosure.

Closing date: 15/11/20

Interview date: 24/11/20


Roles available range from legal assistant to senior solicitor. There are also opportunities for paralegal apprenticeships which provide a career progression route for legally unqualified staff.

Working in a public sector legal environment offers many advantages over private practice. There are no billing targets and a flexible working policy enables some flexibility in working hours, along with the possibility of some homeworking – ensuring that staff are able to maintain a positive work-life balance.

The variety of work is also much broader in a local authority. No two days are the same and you will be asked to consider questions and issues that you would be unlikely to come across in private practice.

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