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Deputy Principal Lawyer (Litigation)

Oxfordshire County Council
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£50,884 – £53,936 per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2021

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Deputy Principal Lawyer (Litigation) OCC45318

Job details

Salary range: £50,884 – £53,936 per annum
Work location: County Hall, Oxford (with remote working)
Hours per week: 37 – we are open to discussions about flexible working
Contract type: Permanent 
Closing date: Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. 

About us

With a fast-growing population, a wealth of assets, over seven million annual visitors, and a progressive vision for the future – Oxfordshire and its council make for a truly unique, exciting place to work. We’re delivering a transformational programme of long-term change to ensure our stability, resilience and even stronger outcomes for our residents. 

As part of the Litigation team, you can take on career-defining work and effect widespread change in a world-renowned part of the UK. 

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior manager in our Litigation team for either a Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive. The successful candidate will join our dynamic team and work alongside our Principal Solicitor and provide Litigation advice across the multi-million pound organisation. 

You will undertake a range of high-level legal work, but in particular in relation to Adult Social Care, including: Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Mental Health Act, and Safeguarding.

The main duties for the successful applicant will include:

  • Court of Protection applications – predominantly welfare applications re residence, care and support, disputes regarding capacity, hoarding issues, deprivation of liberty challenges
  • Care Act advice – including Ordinary Residence disputes, challenges regarding obligations to meet needs, responding to pre-action letters (Judicial Review proceedings) 
  • Mental Capacity Act advice – best interests, capacity, disputes
  • Mental Health Act – s117 disputes, displacement of nearest relative applications in the County Court
  • Safeguarding advice/attendance at meetings.
  • Occasional debt / age assessment cases 
  • Joint working with our partner organisation, Cherwell District Council

Beyond your personal caseload, you’ll represent us at regular Court of Protection appearances (initial case management, fact-finding, final hearings) – currently via CVP or telephone, meetings with clients, round table and advocates’ meetings. 

The Deputy position also includes line management of one administrator and deputising for the Principal Solicitor when they are unavailable. 

About you

You will need to be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive with exceptional knowledge of the specialist legal areas above. You will have the stamina to work as part of a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment and deputise for more senior members of the team. 

Rewards and benefits

It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.
We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.

Would you like to know more?

Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chris Doran (PA to the Director of Law & Governance) on or 01865 323950.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.

If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form on the Home Page.

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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About Us

Oxfordshire County Council have a vision of ‘Thriving communities for everyone in Oxfordshire’  – a place where people want to live and work and be part of something different. To achieve our vision, we will:

  • listen to residents so we can continuously improve our services and provide value for money
  • strive to give every child a good start in life, and protect everyone from abuse and neglect
  • enable older and disabled people to live independently. We care for those in greatest need
  • help people live safe, healthy lives and play an active part in their community
  • provide services that enhance the quality of life in our communities, and protect the local environment
  • support a thriving local economy by improving transport links to create jobs and homes for the future

Oxfordshire must continue to be a great place to live and work, with more people enjoying a higher quality of life. Like any vision, it’s a long-term ambition rather than a quick fix.


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