Senior Lawyer ( Finance & Governance)

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18 Jun 2019
02 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client is seeking a Senior Lawyer on an initial 3 Month contract, with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 36 Hours

Pay Rate: £24.50

Job Purpose:

* Responsible for the delivery of highest quality outcomes and effective legal advice to clients - including the Cabinet, Committees, other Council bodies and elected Members.

* To ensure the legal services provided are cost effective and meet the principles of good governance in decision making.

* Support the development and delivery of relevant strategies, policies and departmental projects that secure the achievement of key council and service objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* To deliver a high quality, sustainable legal service that complies with the statutory framework and meets the Council's statutory and contractual obligations.

* Advising and attending Committees and sub-committees, members and Chief Officers and frequently advising the Departments in relation to the Law in matters specifically relating to the work of the section.

* Devising and implementing new methods, forms and procedures as required by new legislation, revised council policy or generally including the review of changes imposed in relation to specific services.

* Determining the effect of new legislation and advising specifically on the impact of new legislation on the delivery of the council's services or functions.

* Preparing reports and comments for reports to council, cabinet committees and sub-committees.

* Attendance at departmental working groups, steering panels and project group meetings to provide advice.

* To support the working practices and procedures for the services provided.

* To work with Senior Lawyers and Lawyers to ensure a consistent and holistic approach to the delivery of services.

* To draft documents and prepare pleadings.

* Prepare and processing all legal documents, including agreements, deeds, notices, orders, consents, bye-laws relevant to the work of the council.

* Presentation of cases before courts and tribunals where the post holder has a right of audience on all matters in relation to the work of the council.

* Responding to legal questions received from members of the council, members of Parliament, the ombudsman and external organisations within a specific area of activity and under the supervision of the Senior Lawyer.

* To undertake the review of files under the guidance of the senior Lawyer, organise meetings and take notes of meetings.

* To support and advise at meetings, working parties and officer groups as required.

* To maintain good governance in managing own caseload of complex work under minimal supervision.

* Co-ordinate research upon legal questions arising from the work of team including, where necessary, briefing Lawyers/or Counsel.

* Assist on negotiating and concluding contractual arrangements with Solicitors, Barristers, Valuers and Land Agents, and external agencies.

* To ensure continuous improvements within the area of expertise, and that the service is responsive to the changing environment.

* To maintain the improvement in equal opportunities in employment and service delivery.

* To undertake other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of the post.

Skills and Experience:

* At least 2 years experience of working in the field of one or more of the following relevant specialist areas:

* The Law in relation to vulnerable children and adults and in particular child protection, including initiation and conduct of care proceedings and related litigation such as adoption proceedings.

* Experience of undertaking advocacy in the courts and Tribunals (essential for some posts).

* Experience of undertaking advocacy in the courts and Tribunals (essential for some posts).

* Experience of managing own caseload.

* Success in building, and sustaining effective relationships with stakeholders.

* Experience of case managements system.

* Experience of working within a performance management framework and achieving agreed targets and outcomes.

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