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Solicitor/Senior Solicitor Litigation and Governance

Wolverhampton City Council
Wolverhampton, West Midlands
£44,863 - £48,847
Closing date
14 Nov 2021

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Corporate - Governance - Legal Services

Solicitor/Senior Solicitor Litigation and Governance

£44,863 - £48,847                                                               
Job Ref: WLV000003804

37 Hours Per Week


We have a fantastic opportunity to join an experienced and supportive Litigation Legal Team within City of Wolverhampton Council’s Legal Services.

You will have strong recent post-qualification experience (ideally, within a local government environment) in the following or similar areas of work:

  • conducting litigation and undertaking advocacy for Client departments covering all aspects of civil, regulatory crime and public law
  • all aspects of Housing Management, including possession claims and injunctions for tenancy breaches and anti-social behaviour
  • key advice on Allocations policy, including the re-drafting of the Council's Allocations Policy,
  • homelessness advice and the Council's associated obligations
  • prosecutions against unscrupulous Landlords for various offences
  • all aspects of debt recovery from initial advice through to final hearing and enforcement afterwards
  • provision of high-level advocacy to Client departments in Magistrates, Crown, County Courts and Tribunals
  • significant governance advice and experience including advice to democratic services and advice regarding proper formalities in decision making
  • contractual advice and litigation on the breadth of the Council's policy areas including education, social care and IT projects
  • criminal prosecutions of regulatory matters including Health and Safety and Trading Standards
  • licensing advice and advocacy both in internal mini-committees, full committees and Courts
  • working with and advising elected Members on the full range of my practice areas and on standards issues
  • housing disrepair
  • all aspects of Housing Management, including possession claims and injunctions for tenancy breaches anti-social behaviour and housing disrepair claims
  • ability to organise and prioritise own workload and to work on own initiative as necessary

You should have:

  • experience of advocacy in the Magistrates’ and County Court
  • a broad knowledge of local government law or equivalent knowledge
  • knowledge and experience of civil and criminal litigation
  • experience of drafting legal documents, including pleadings
  • the ability to effectively communicate complex legal issues to Members and officers and to provide cogent legal advice accordingly
  • the ability to work constructively with elected Members and be politically aware and sensitive
  • experience of working within Local Government

You should be a qualified Lawyer, with experience in local authority related litigation and regulatory enforcement; motivated, enthusiastic and keen to provide excellent legal advice and support.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Tracey Christie on 01902 554925.


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