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Legal Assistant: Legislation and Social Care

Pertemps Harrow
Closing date
5 Aug 2021

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Job role: Legal Assistant: Litigation and Social Care
Based: Initially working from home and then based at Harrow Council
Reporting To: Legal Practice Line Manager
Salary: £12.45-16.65 per hour (Temporary ongoing)


HB Public Law is a shared service between a number of North West London boroughs and home countries local authorities. Staff are employed by Harrow Council, but work for a number of public sector clients.

The benefits of the shared legal practice are as follows:
A greater range and depth of legal expertise
More flexibility in response to Council demands
Reduced cost
Improved career opportunities for staff
Improved ability to recruit and retain the best staff and Greater resilience.
The post holder will be part of delivering what the Councils expect of the Practice, which will require them to work at a number of locations, and to undertake different roles for different clients. HB Public Law sits within the Legal and Governance Services Department of Harrow Council with Democratic & Electoral Services, Mayoralty Support, the Political Group offices and Registration Services.

The Main Purpose of the Job:

The post holder will be required to support HB Public Law by carrying out legal work and developing, implementing and supporting cutting edge practice management processes. Specifically this will include:

To demonstrate a commitment to the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy and the ability to understand and implement the policy in relation to the job responsibilities
To ensure compliance with your responsibilities as laid out in the council's health and safety policy and take an active role in promoting a positive health and safety culture
To promote and participate in the council's individual performance appraisal and development initiatives and information management best practice.
To ensure compliance with the council's information security policies and maintain confidentiality.
In accordance with the Immigration Act 2016, where the role is customer-facing and the post holder is required to speak to members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the postThere are great opportunities for you to apply to other positions within the Council. If you like a challenge that makes you think, this is the job for you! Come and join the team.

About you:

The successful applicant will have:
To uphold and demonstrate the values and standards of the Legal & Governance Services Department.
To comply with agreed office procedures, relevant sections of the Inter-Authority Agreements, and Lexcel & IIP standards at all times.
To build good and effective working relationships with colleagues within the Department, clients, elected members and their stakeholder
To support a team of lawyers covering some of the following: civil and criminal litigation and children's and/or adults social care and education work.
To contribute to ensuring the legal team and the Council are aware of, and trained in, relevant developments in law and policy and receives guidance on their implementation in good time to plan their responses.
To contribute to the management and strategy of the department so that it operates and develops in line with Harrow Council's priorities and customer requirements
To provide to members, officers and project teams proactive, solution focussed legal advice.
To undertake election duties.
To be available to provide out of hours advice.
As appropriate to represent clients in court, tribunals, panels and external meetings.
When required to carry out work for, and under the control of, HB Public Law Limited, the Alternative Business Structure which has been established by Harrow Council to deliver legal services to certain third party organisations.
To have conduct of routine cases including civil and criminal litigation and children's and adults' social care and education matters, with appropriate minimal supervision.
To prepare and deliver training.
To undertake advocacy.About us:

For almost 60 years, Pertemps Recruitment Partnership have been the market leader in providing permanent and temporary staffing solutions and we are one of the most established players within the recruitment industry. The Sunday Times has listed us as one of the Best 100 Companies to work for 14 years running. We are not a big scary faceless company, quite the opposite: we strongly believe in the personal touch with everything we do. We are proud to be accredited 'investor in people' which is reflected across our business in length of service and career progression of our employees.

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

For more information, please refer to the role profile/selection criteria.

Excellent training and support for career development
Opportunities to apply for permanent positions
Experience working for a great reputable company
If you believe this role is for you and you can make a difference, then please email your CV to (url removed)
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