The London Borough of Ealing is now entering an exciting new phase of reorganising its Legal Services Department. It is therefore seeking to appoint to a lawyer with the drive to contribute to the development of innovative legal strategies with a view to delivering further improvement and efficiency in providing cost effective legal support and advice to the Council’s Children, Adults and Public Health Directorate. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to handle an interesting and varied workload, to provide important and cost-effective legal advice and support to a number of high-profile clients, regarding wide ranging issues with significant consequences for the social care and public health clients in the Council. It is also an opportunity to work in a local authority that is committed to ongoing improvement in all aspects of its organisation and service delivery.
Your role, as the successful candidate will be to provide an excellent legal service to the Council and other public bodies to the highest professional standards. You will provide an enhanced legal service to the Council's Children, Adults and Public Health Directorate in respect of social care and be handling a caseload of complex legal matters with minimal supervision. As an in-house social care lawyer, with a focus on children’s and/or adult social care, you will also be responsible for making a positive contribution to the continuous improvement in the quality and cost effectiveness of the service.
- Be a qualified solicitor or a barrister.
- Have the ability to obtain and evaluate evidence, prepare cases and advocate effectively on behalf of the Council before courts, tribunals, inquiries and other bodies.
- Have the ability to adopt a clear and systematic approach to problem solving, including the ability to effectively research new law and policy and to apply that research to meet the needs of the client.
- Have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with non-lawyers and with lawyers and advise at all organisational levels including Members and Directors.
- Have excellent knowledge and experience of children and/or adult social care law and practice.
- Have excellent knowledge of children and/or adult social care legislation regulations and rules including knowledge of imminent changes in legislation and guidance.
- Have experience of handling your own caseload and of working unsupervised or with little supervision.
- Have sound knowledge of local government and public law regarding social care, health and education.
- Have experience of providing lawful innovative and creative solutions to legal issues where appropriate.
- Have experience of drafting legal and court documentation.
- Have some advocacy experience.
- Have experience or express a willingness to adapt to working remotely.
This role is deemed customer facing and as such you must have a command of spoken English which is sufficient to enable you to effectively perform the role. This requirement relates to Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016.
Any offer of a position shall be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau statement and Enhanced Vetting Process. The post is suitable for a job share.
Closing date: 23 November 2020