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Child Care Solicitor

Leicester City Council
Leicester, Leicestershire
£40,578 - £43,570 per year plus market supplement of up to £2,430 per year
Closing date
10 Jul 2022

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Child Care

Full-time / 37 hours per week / Permanent

Are you a Qualified Solicitor/Barrister/Chartered Legal Executive with experience in providing advice on complex Child Care cases?

Join our dynamic, motivated, and forward-thinking legal service which offers real job satisfaction. You’ll work within a friendly and supportive team environment where your professional development will be nurtured and appreciated. Working on some of the most sensitive and challenging, yet rewarding cases, you’ll be a critical support to our Social Care clients in achieving the best outcomes for children within the city.

With a focus on work/life balance and personal wellbeing, we offer flexible working, including home working with dedicated legal support. This is your chance to make a difference and join an expanding team of friendly and experienced lawyers.

There are two Full-time, Permanent positions, working 37 hours a week from Monday to Friday. Usually based at City Hall, the team are currently working from home with occasional office and court attendance as and when required.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll provide high-quality legal advice on all aspects of child protection and represent the Council on matters relating to child protection work. You’ll manage a reasonable caseload of public law childcare and pre-proceedings cases, working collaboratively with the team to ensure best practice. With your learned coaching skills, you’ll support less experience members of the team to assist with their development and learning. You’ll conduct your own advocacy, where appropriate, and represent the Local Authority at Court hearings providing tailored legal advice to council officers.

What you'll need

As a Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive, you’ll be entitled to practice. With strong experience and knowledge in Child Care law, practice, and procedure, you’ll ensure the provision of quality, client focussed and cost-effective legal services. You’ll have excellent communication skills to build and maintain positive internal and external relationships and working effectively in a team. You’ll have a willingness to undertake advocacy, be pragmatic, talented, and proactive in your advice.

The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

What we can offer you

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy work/life balance. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains and help with relocation to Leicester, where appropriate. For an illustrative value of your benefits package, take a look at our benefits calculator.

Join us

We’re committed to recruiting a diverse and highly-talented workforce as we continue to build a council that is fitting and representative of our great city. That’s why we’ve designed our recruitment process to put you at your ease, make you feel welcome and bring the best out of you. We’ll do all we can to make our recruitment process as fair as possible. To help you with your application, take a look at the ‘our approach to recruitment’ page.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Pretty Patel on 0116 454 1457 or email  

Interview/Assessments will take place on Tuesday 14th June 2022

£40,578 - £43,570 per year. This post receives an additional temporary market supplement of up to £2,430 per year

Total benefit value (includes pension contribution and full holiday entitlement): £59,410





We are responsible for the provision of all local government services within the city boundaries, including social services, education and libraries.

Our vision and values help define what we do. These principles link our staff and departments to help ensure that we all work towards the same goals. We will work with creativity and drive for the benefit of the people that live and work in our city.

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