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Senior Lawyer (specialising in Child Care)

Devon County Council
Exeter, Devon
£43,857 - £47,841
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

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£43,857 - £47,841 per annum (including an attractive relocation up to £5,000)
37 hours per week

Devon County Council are looking for experienced Child Care Lawyers to join the Legal team. This is a real chance to make a difference and discover a rewarding career helping to protect the welfare of vulnerable children.

You'll oversee the whole process of each case, from pre-proceedings through to completion of the final hearing. It's fast-paced and hard work at times, but having such a heavy influence means you'll play a huge role in ensuring successful outcomes for every child. Your contributions really can set up better lives for young people all across Devon. We're looking for somebody who can hit the ground running, so experience in child care law is essential.

What's in it for you? Aside from the fulfilling day-to-day job, you'll benefit from our pension scheme and Employee Assistance Programme. You'll be living and working one of the most beautiful parts of country with the option to work from home when suitable. There are development opportunities in this role and potential to increase your annual leave based on years of service.

One of the best things about working for Devon County Council is the opportunity to work and make a real difference in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Devon is one of the largest counties in the UK, and the only one to have two coastlines. It has a wonderful variety of landscapes and activities to enjoy, and has good transport links to the rest of the country. Whatever your interests, Devon has something for everyone

To find out more about our legal services, working for the council and why relocate to Devon, please go to  


  • Part of a large, well established team
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible Working Hours (Monday to Friday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Development Opportunities
  • Perks at Work and Discounts Scheme
  • 24.5 days paid annual leave (rising with length of service to 32 days) plus Bank Holidays

About the role

The main responsibilities include;

  • Overseeing and managing a caseload  
  • Advise and representation at court, meeting and hearings as required
  • Lead role in advising clients on the specialist aspects of Child Care law and practice
  • Organise/participate in training events as appropriate and/or necessary.

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 a DBS disclosure.

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

Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.

To find out more, please contact our recruitment partners at Penna – Eva Tomka at or to apply please click the Apply button.

Closing Date: Sunday 31st October 2021



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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