Corporate - Governance - Legal Services
Solicitor/Senior Solicitor Social Care
£44,863 - £48,847
Job Ref: WLV000003786
Wolverhampton City Council Legal Services are seeking to recruit an experienced, qualified Solicitor, to join our busy Child Care Team.
We would particularly welcome applications from applicants with an interest in developing their advocacy practice and their knowledge and understanding of the Court of Protection.
You will be required to carry a full caseload dealing with matters including, but not limited to:
- advising on public law children matters relating to care and placement proceedings, fostering and adoption, and general children’s social care matters
- advocacy experience in all tiers of court, including the High Court, Family Court and Court of Protection
- advising senior officers within the local authority
You will be required to pick up an existing caseload from the outset, therefore you must have experience in conducting social care children and adults work.
We will consider less experienced individuals with the right personal qualities and an excellent approach to client care who are able to grow into the role. Candidates from both the public and private sector are encouraged to apply for this position.
You will not only have previous relevant experience but will also be a team player who takes pride in delivering a high-quality service and is able to work under pressure.
Effective advocacy skills and the ability to be flexible to assist other team members as required is essential.
- need to demonstrate an ability to manage a demanding and varied caseload with minimal supervision
- be a qualified solicitor or barrister with previous childcare experience, adult social care experience is desirable
- be required to demonstrate advocacy skills and a willingness to undertake advocacy
To succeed in this role, you should have recent in-depth knowledge and post qualification experience in Child Care litigation. Experience in adult social care including Court of Protection and education is desirable.
As a great communicator, you must be able to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills as well as demonstrable skills and strengths in negotiation, drafting, persuading and influencing. You will also need to have an ability to command the respect, trust and confidence of your clients and senior managers as well as the court.
You will be working on some of the most sensitive and challenging, yet the most rewarding of cases, supporting our Social Care clients in achieving the best outcomes for children within the City.
You should have extensive knowledge and experience of the law and practice relating to safeguarding children litigation and proven advocacy skills to represent the Council in contested proceedings. You will need to be highly motivated, enthusiastic and work effectively as part of a team.
Knowledge and understanding of local government and procedures, and an appreciation of the challenges facing local authorities is desirable.
If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please call Tracey Christie on 01902 554925 or Saroj Bangard on 01902 554922.
CLOSING DATE SUNDAY NOVEMBER, 2021
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