Civil Litigation Lawyer

Employer
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Location
Tower Hamlets, London (Greater)
Salary
£41,607 - £44,598
Closing date
7 Mar 2021

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Are you the Civil Litigation Lawyer we’re looking for?

If you’re ambitious, vibrant, and want to gain exposure to fast paced local authority litigation then read on! We pride ourselves on being an agile, client-centric, close team who deliver for our communities.

Tower Hamlets is known for offering the best of London in one borough. The list is long but includes Brick Lane, Victoria Park, Canary Wharf, Columbia Road market, Tower of London, V&A Museum of Childhood and Whitechapel Art Gallery. We’ll offer you the opportunity to work with a team of specialists which will harness your personal development and technical skills. You’ll have flexibility to work from home, or the office.

This is a full time, permanent role based in the Town Hall with the ability to work remotely for most of the week.

We have one of the youngest, most multi-cultural and fastest growing populations in the country - set to rise to 341,000 by 2023. Our residents are our greatest asset, and our part of the East End has been enriched by many generations of migrants who have made their home here.

This is an exciting time to join the council as we bring the old Royal London Hospital in the heart of Whitechapel back to life as our new town hall. Our well-resourced and Lexcel accredited legal team has a crucial role providing the full range and variety of expert services across all areas of the council’s work.

We have also recently restructured our legal service which is now in the best position to meet the needs and aspirations that we share with our residents, and the wider community.

If you’re a highly motivated legal professional keen to maximise your potential, then we’d love to hear from you. You will be joining a dynamic, supportive, diverse team, working in a relaxed but professional environment.

Key Responsibilities

You will be one of a team of lawyers dealing with a variety of Civil Litigation matters. These include  disrepair, homelessness, anti-social behaviour, unauthorised occupation, employment and miscellaneous litigation. You will be able to demonstrate experience in 2 or more of these areas and the transferable skills and willingness to undertake a variety of work. You will have experience of conducting advocacy and be able to conduct your caseload with minimum supervision and will be accustomed to working at pace in a busy team. 

Requirements

 You must be a Qualified Solicitor/Barrister or Fellow of CILEX and hold a practising certificate.

 

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About Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is not an authority that simply ambles along, content with keeping the status quo. People here are ambitious, and want to do the best job they can for the communities around them.

This commitment continues to pay off. Big steps forward are taken on a weekly basis. Accolades are achieved. And Beacons awarded. Most importantly of all, some 250,000 residents benefit from services that are constantly improving. As examples, Adult Social Care and the Children, Schools and Families Directorate, are both areas in which staff are performing to a standard that makes Tower Hamlets a safer place for its most vulnerable inhabitants.

Located at the heart of London's East End, Tower Hamlets has long been a refuge for poor people and immigrants, and others on the margins of society. The sharp rise in the capital's population in the late 19th century, led to severe overcrowding across the brough and it soon became synonymous with poverty, disease and criminality.

Fast-forward to 2009 and you will still find districts containing some of the worst poverty in Britain. Indeed, Tower Hamlets is the third most deprived borough in the country. There are some deep inequalities to be tackled, with 23 per cent of families living on less than £15,000 a year. There is also a lack of public housing and a need to lessen overcrowding.

But take a step back, and you'll see that the borough's future is incredibly bright. Major projects linked to Canary Wharf, the Thames Gateway and the 2012 Olympic Games form a dramatic backdrop to the council's 'One Tower Hamlets' plan, which focuses on key issues such as reducing crime (down 24 per cent in four years) and creating new jobs (up 41 per cent since 1998).

As a result of all this activity, Tower Hamlets has been ranked among the most improved performers in recent years. Indeed, we are one of only 10 councils thought to be 'improving strongly' over the past two years by the public service watchdog, the Audit Commission. 

 

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