Lawyer - Childcare - People Team
We are recruiting for a Lawyer for our People Team you will be responsible for providing high quality legal advice, assistance and representation to the Council on legal matters relating to one or more areas of law:
For Lawyers in the People team, the areas of law are: Child protection, Adult care and safeguarding, Mental Capacity, Mental Health, Education (including SEN).
You will comply with quality assurance procedures, service level agreements and performance management requirements in order to meet the expectations of the clients.
You will contribute towards and encourage a culture of learning, knowledge sharing and excellence within Legal Services.
For postholders working in contentious areas of law (including but not limited to Adults, Education, Child Care and Litigation) you will undertake advocacy at civil and criminal courts and at tribunals (eg SEN tribunals and Employment tribunal)
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
Qualified barrister or solicitor or very experienced Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives with full valid practising certificate
Post qualification experience of practising as a solicitor or barrister or very experienced Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- Assisted car purchase scheme
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Sameera Khan 01634 332039.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.
How to apply
Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS
If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.
All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.