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Solicitor

Employer
Warwickshire Police
Location
Leek Wootton, Warwick
Salary
£Competitive
Closing date
9 Feb 2022

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Solicitor

Leek Wootton, Warwickshire

Permanent Contract

Full Time

The closing date for this post is 12 noon on 9th February 2022.

Those currently eligible on the redeployment register will be given prior consideration.

The main purpose of the role is to provide legal advice and representation to Warwickshire Police officers and staff on a range of operational matters, including litigation and advocacy (including Magistrates, County and Higher Courts).

You will advise and have conduct of complex and/or high value civil litigation cases (defending civil claims against the force).

You will be responsible for conduct of a range of legal matters, including operational advice, civil litigation, Police Property law, civil disclosure and Judicial Reviews.

Main Responsibilities:

To provide timely, comprehensive legal advice across a wide range of practice areas including operational matters and civil litigation.

Management of own caseload and court commitments.

To support and represent the Force at legal hearings including Magistrates, Crown, County Courts and Inquests and other Tribunals as required.

To attend meetings as required, whilst promoting productive working relationships with other teams and departments and outside stakeholders, including external agencies, courts and tribunals and other partners.

To ensure both yourself and the wider team comply with the In-House Claims Handling Agreement in place with the insurers, to specifically ensure reserves and notifications are up to date and accurate and to play a key role in insurance audits to maintain a positive relationship with the insurers. 

To maintain the necessary standards of professional behaviour under the Police Code of Ethics and the SRA/Bar Council and maintaining Continuing Professional Development.

To undertake other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility and grading of this post, as required.

Knowledge:

Qualified solicitor with practising certificate for England and Wales or Barrister, with at least 5 years post qualification experience.

Knowledge of a range of legal disciplines to include –

Police operational law

Some criminal law,

Information Management,

Civil litigation: including significant knowledge and experience in the conduct and management of public liability claims (claims for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment, assault/battery, malicious prosecution, misfeasance and Human Rights), and of the Civil Procedure Rules practice and procedure.

General litigation,

Judicial Review

Police Conduct Regulations, and

Civil Preventative Orders.

Law Degree

Rights of Audience

Experience:

Significant experience of advising on a wide range of legal matters;

Demonstrable experience of advocacy skills

Experience of problem solving;

Experience of managing and prioritising own caseload within a legal team environment

Key Skills: 

Exceptional communication and influencing/negotiating skills, including strong advocacy and presentation skills;

Able to deal with conflict to reach a satisfactory resolution while maintaining strong working relationships

Ability to work calmly and professionally under pressure and to tight deadlines, demonstrating a flexible and agile approach;

Ability to use own initiative and work largely unsupervised;

Excellent problem solving and decision making skills and demonstrable professional judgement:

Ability to mentor and develop others within the team:

Competent in the use of IT including Microsoft packages

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

You will be required as part of Warwickshire Police recruitment process to successfully complete vetting and credit checks.

We support the “Happy to talk flexible working” campaign, which aims to encourage uptake of flexible working for individuals, the flexible working options that may be considered for this role include; Compressed Hours, Job Share.

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