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Solicitor/Senior Solicitor

South Yorkshire Police
Carbrook, Sheffield
£51,252 - £60,690
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

Job Details

The Legal Services Department provides legal advice and representation to both Humberside Police & South Yorkshire Police, as Solicitor/Senior Solicitor you will be responsible for:

  • Providing legal advice to the Chief Constable and the Police & Crime Commissioner.
  • Advising on matters relating to the disclosure of information in civil proceedings including public interest immunity and confidentiality.
  • Working with the PCC/Chief Executive to provide accurate legal advice in relation to finance/funding/insurance/litigation/risk concerning litigation and all satellite issues arising from claims.
  • Developing and maintaining positive and constructive relationships with all members of the Force, to include managers, officers, staff and external agencies and external law firms to ensure the timely provision of legal advice.


Skills and experience:

  • Solicitor/Barrister/Legal Executive (Fellow). 
  • Legal qualification to degree level or equivalent. 
  • Detailed knowledge and advocacy skills of law and practice in at least one of the following areas: civil law.
  • Detailed Knowledge and experience of litigation and an understanding of ECHR, Civil Procedure Rules.
  • Experience in the conduct of report writing to include provision of financial reserves.
  • Ability to manage a diverse caseload which is high risk and complex, providing clear and legally sound advice.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to deal with all ranks of officer, support staff and external agencies. 
  • Ability to use professional judgement to make accurate decisions relating to legal matters.  Ability to assimilate large amounts of information and make appropriate evaluations in order to recommend a course of action.
  • Manage the allocation of legal caseloads and staffing resource.
  • In accordance with financial and insurance regulations approve settlements within their approved amounts.


For more detailed information relating to the role, skills and experience for this role, please refer to the attached role profile.

What we offer:

We offer generous entitlements and supportive policies to enable a better work-life balance, some of which are listed below:

  • A highly competitive salary and access to a generous pension scheme
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • A wide range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Flexible working arrangements including flexi0time and hybrid working
  • A transparent and collaborative team culture underpinned by our core values of Fairness, Integrity & Trust
  • Comprehensive range of development and leadership courses to develop your career with South Yorkshire Police
  • Employee Assistant Programme (accessible 24/7) offering confidential support and advice
  • Flexible lifestyle benefits such as: Blue Light Card, Company Shop, Cycle to work scheme
  • Committed to embedding sustainability: Force sustainability strategy - SYP (
  • Membership to the Sports and Social Club
  • Access to a wide range of staff support groups and networks


Applicants must meet the minimum requirement checkable history criteria, which must be taken into account for individuals applying to work with South Yorkshire Police in any capacity. A minimum checkable history of 5 years is required for this role and successfully undergoing recruitment vetting procedure is a pre-requisite of employment with South Yorkshire Police.

Appearance & Standards:

South Yorkshire Police is committed to striking a proportionate balance between self-expression and the need to maintain role sensitive professional standards in dress and appearance. Officers, staff, and volunteers of South Yorkshire Police are permitted to have tattoos visible whilst on duty provided the tattoo is not considered to be unacceptable or otherwise inappropriate. Tattoos will be reviewed as part of the recruitment and selection process.

Smarter ways of Working:

South Yorkshire Police is committed to developing working practices which assist staff to balance their personal and professional lives, whilst meeting the needs of the organisation. This in turn enables South Yorkshire Police to provide an outstanding service to the community.

There are 3 different categories as part of this which are: Fixed, Field and Hybrid.

This role has been evaluated as a Hybrid role.

Hybrid: Applicable when the work can be undertaken at any location, whether that be a SYP building or from home.

South Yorkshire Police’s Key Values:

At South Yorkshire Police we have 3 key values which run through everything we do Fairness, Integrity & Trust, the attached document details the key behaviours we expect all employees to adhere to.

Contact details:

For further information about the role, please contact: Andrew Ford on 07901 724419

Closing Date:  18th April 2024

Closing dates are not normally extended, other than in exceptional circumstances and agreement is made between the Talent Acquisition Manager and the Line Manager for the role.

How to apply:

To apply for the role, please submit your CV and covering letter to Andrew Ford at:

Candidate Information:

Please note that, should you be successful at the interview stage and before appointment, the relevant pre-employment checks are required. These include references, medical clearance, vetting clearance and sickness absence criteria check.

Diversity & Inclusion:

Expressions of interest are particularly welcome from female and ethnic minority candidates.

It is really important to us that the department represents the community we serve, in order for us to provide the best service, utilising a range of backgrounds, experience and skills. We support and value all officers and staff and the unique experiences they bring to the role. We strongly encourage and welcome expressions of interest from these valuable underrepresented groups.

If you are from an underrepresented group and want to find out more about the support we can offer, please contact our dedicated team on

In addition, we will look to support anyone who requires Part Time/Job share working hours.




South Yorkshire Police is a busy, full spectrum police force which enjoys all of the opportunities and challenges of some of the countries’ largest forces with the supportive culture and family feel of some of the smaller forces. We have a preventative and problem-solving approach with a focus on dealing with the issues which matter most to our communities, supporting them to thrive. This allows us the capacity to focus on the issues which cause them greatest harm.

Our ethical behaviour is assessed by HMICFRS as outstanding and we are looking for candidates who can live up to this high standard through fair treatment, integrity and trust.

Legal Services Department

Legal Services is a specialist legal practice, providing for all of the legal needs and requirements of both Humberside Police and South Yorkshire Police (including OPCC’s).  As a matter of course, all work (both legal and administrative) is undertaken wherever possible in-house and any outsourcing is at the discretion of the Head of Legal Services.

The work undertaken by Legal Services can be summarised into 5 specific areas – Employment, Court & Discipline, Civil Litigation, Commercial and Inquiries & Inquests, with staff based at both locations.  The 5 main areas of work are:

(a)        Employment Law: advice and representation before tribunals in respect of claims for discrimination and pay equality by police officers and police staff, together with unfair dismissal and other contractual claims in relation to the latter.  Police Regulations: advising on all aspects of the Regulations and the Police (Pensions) Regulations, assistance with medical appeals, forfeiture and applications to the Crown Court and responding to judicial review.

(b)        Court & Discipline: corporate, proactive and policy advice, including advising on such issues to ensure compliance in relation to administrative law and the Human Rights Act, and dealing with judicial reviews of decisions.  Operational Policing: anti-social behaviour orders, dispersal notices, closure orders, sexual offences prevention orders, domestic violence protection orders, violent offender orders, injunctions to prevent forced marriages, football banning orders, dangerous dogs, cash seizures under the Proceeds of Crime Act, liquor and public entertainment licensing, firearms legislation, public order policing advice on police powers under, for example, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, advice in relation to terrorism, civil contingencies and the police use of firearms.  Police conduct: advice and representation in respect of police misconduct before Force misconduct panels and appeals to police appeals tribunals.

(c)        Civil Litigation: claims against both Forces for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, misfeasance, malicious prosecution, accidents at work, damage to property, occupational stress and road accidents, and the risk management issues arising there from.

(d)        Commercial:  commercial law and conveyancing: providing advice in connection with the procurement of goods and services, commercial contracts, the sale, acquisition and leasing of premises, collaborative or joint ventures and commissioning.

(e)        Inquiries & Inquests: advice and representation in relation to public inquiries – national and local – and in relation to inquests.


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