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Lawyer

Employer
Cleveland Police
Location
Cleveland, London (Greater)
Salary
£Competitive
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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The post-holder is required to provide professional legal advice and guidance, operating within a small professional legal team and the wider Evolve Legal Services. This requires each member of the team to assist in the work of the team as a whole. The post holder is expected to maintain high levels of integrity and confidentiality at all times and to continually develop professional legal skills and knowledge.

The role is career graded, in order to progress through the salary range the post-holder is required to train, mentor and delegate work to lawyers with less experience and the  Paralegals within Evolve Legal Services and also have a proven track record of dealing with the more complex and sensitive matters. Also the post-holder is expected to provide support to the Head of Legal Services when required and to assist the delivery of Service Unit performance aligned to strategic requirements and budgetary targets.

The post-holder is also required to abide by Cleveland Police’s values and provide evidence of this. They are also required to independently provide advice to the Executives and OPCCs of the three Evolve forces.

If your area of expertise/specialism is dealing with Employment and complex cases, you will be responsible for:

  •  The handling, management and representation of Employment and Complex Cases brought by and against the collaborated forces in order to minimise financial loss or reputational damage.
  • Providing advice and assistance to the Director of Ethics and Standards in relation to Police Misconduct Matters.

If your area of expertise/specialism is dealing with Corporate/Operational Policing, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing legal advice in relation to all Operational Policing matters which include but are not limited to problems associated with the Night Time Economy, Firearm and shotgun certificate revocations/refusals/appeals, applications for disclosure of documents, civil order applications and  advice to the collaborated forces.
  • Provide advice in respect of commercial and corporate matters relating to property, collaboration, contracts and governance issues to Commissioners and Chief Constables.

If your area of expertise/specialism is dealing with Civil Claims, you will be responsible for:

  • The handling and management of civil claims brought by and against the Evolve forces in order to minimise financial loss or reputational damage.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Day to day duties and responsibilities will cover all or some of the following general activities. These activities are designed to provide guidelines rather than describe in detail specific roles.

  1. Provide legal advice or guidance on all matters relevant to the three Forces & OPCCs.
  2. Liaise with all Courts, including Magistrates, County and High Court, Senior and District Judges and Magistrates. Liaison with partner agencies, professional agencies and law firms ensuring a point of contact for relevant legal work, thus ensuring the best possible overall service to the public. Attend Court hearings and all relevant meetings and hearings with partner agencies/local authorities and act in a professional manner at all times whilst maintaining integrity.  
  3. Prepare cases for court and attend all hearings either as advocate or assisting the advocate.  
  4. Negotiate the claimant’s costs as and when required with or without instructing a Costs Lawyer and provide full instructions through detailed assessment hearings to achieve the best possible outcome in the interests of the Chief Constables.  
  5. Enforce cost orders via enforcement proceedings when appropriate.  
  6. Prepare costs strategy, set case reserve and provide payment forecasts for all  cases for the Force Insurers and the Chief Finance Officer or other interested parties when required.  
  7. Ensure an efficient service is delivered in a timely manner whilst understanding the force’s objectives and priorities. Organise and prioritise own workload and that of the less experienced Lawyers and the Paralegals to ensure all legal work is delivered within court/legal timescales. Use initiative and solve problems when deemed necessary for the purpose of ensuring the best possible outcome for the Force, OPCC and outside agencies as well as internal departments.  
  8. Advise the Force in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Be proactive in finding alternative methods of solving problems including cost effective methods. Exercise discretion and apply professional judgment at all times.  
  9. Be flexible in relation to work demands and be available as and when required.  
  10. Be familiar and compliant with all relevant Health and Safety, Operational, Human Resources, Data Protection, Risk Management and Financial Regulations, policies and procedures. Continue to develop legal skills by attending relevant courses at regular intervals.  
  11. To occasionally represent at internal and external meetings on behalf of the Head and Deputy Head of Legal Services for your Evolve Thematic Team.  

Career Progression Chart

PO8              

  • On appointment, qualified lawyer with expertise of relevant areas of law.

PO9               

  • At least 8 years post qualification experience in your area of expertise/specialism;
  • able to work with minimum supervision;
  • be committed to PDR and Continual Professional Development;
  • understand the Forces values and behaviours;
  • you must be able to demonstrate that you have worked across the 3 force areas that make up Evolve Legal Services, working remotely within your Thematic team;  and
  • be a competent advocate when required.

PO10             

  • Specialist within your area of practice with a substantial free-standing caseload including significant track record of advocacy work conducted independently to the full extent of the rights of audience rules applicable to the professional status of the post-holder;
  • Proven record of training, mentoring and delegating work to lawyers with less experience and the Paralegals within the Collaborated thematic legal team;
  • A proven record of dealing with the more complex and sensitive matters;
  • You must have a proven record of understanding and thereby minimising reputational risk and damage to the Force and the PCC in relation to your relevant areas of law;
  • You must be able to confidently and competently advise at Executive level without supervision;
  • You must have a strategic awareness to ensure operational effectiveness;
  • Participate fully with PDR and be committed to Continual Professional Development;
  • Deputise for Director of Evolve Legal Services and the Head of Legal Services when required;
  • Deliver complex training and awareness on legal matters to client departments and
  • A portfolio of your work will be required in order to demonstrate your achievement of the above including demonstrating evidence against Force values and behaviours.               

The above list is not exhaustive and other duties commensurate with the grade and general nature of the post may, from time to time, be required. In addition, there may be some variation and/or development of the above duties and responsibilities without changing the general nature of the post.

All employees are to comply with confidentialities laid down in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Management of Police Information (MOPI), and the Official Secrets Act (which you will be bound for, for life).

All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of equality of opportunity and fairness of treatment for all within Cleveland Police.

 

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