At a time of ambitious, complex and far-reaching transformation at our Council, your legal expertise will make a huge difference. We will rely on your specialist knowledge, skilled advice and insightful challenge to ensure we make a success of change for the benefit of all our communities.
Our award-winning council demands creativity, ambition and a focus on people. You will help us to be more innovative, more efficient, to strive for excellence and demonstrate best value for money.
Shape a better future with us
We are a modern, inclusive, efficient, productive and high-performing council. We thrive on how we lead, support and develop people as part of our 2030 vision. Now we’d like you to be part of our success. Join us on our journey to a brighter future for Barnsley and its communities and you can be sure we’ll do all we can to support you in being truly excellent and to achieve your full potential. You will be joining a team who are committed to providing high-quality and focused advice and support to our clients.
Your role in our journey
SLO – Litigation
As a Senior Legal Officer you’ll provide a comprehensive, specialist legal service to the General Litigation Team. This is a richly varied and rewarding role, with responsibilities ranging from research and analysis to dealing with case work, drafting documentations and attending court to conduct advocacy. You will have a
track record of problem solving, advising senior managers, undertaking research and keeping abreast of legislative changes. You will provide both professional advice and challenge to Council services and will demonstrate a flair for liaising, negotiating, influencing and collaborating with people at all levels, across departmental and organisational boundaries. Along the way, you’ll continue to train and develop professionally.
Your principle client will be the Service Director for Stronger, Safer and Healthier Communities and Service Director for Public Health. Your work will involve handling your own case load of key Community Safety Enforcement matters. This will include anti-social behaviour applications, injunctions, committal proceedings, planning injunctions and enforcement, possession proceedings. It will include general environmental prosecutions such as fly-tipping, littering, and further generic matters such as illicit tobacco, health and safety, food safety prosecutions and licensing appeals.
SLO – Social Care (Childrens) X 2
2 vacancies have arisen in our Social Care Legal Team and we are looking for a qualified and experienced lawyer, with excellent technical knowledge of child care law and well-developed advocacy skills to add to our ranks. You will be expected to conduct hearings in the family court (instructing Counsel for the most complex hearings) and will advise and assist the client at all levels, in writing, orally and by attending meetings as required. You should have energy and initiative and preferably significant experience in child care law. Your caseload will consist of a mixture of pre-proceedings and cases in proceedings, along with occasions where you will be required to advise Children’s Social Care with general queries.
Knowledge and experience of SEND and Education matters would be of assistance to the team. In the absence of relevant knowledge or experience, an interest in this area of law would be an advantage.
Experience of Deprivation of Liberty applications relating to children would also be of benefit.
You will be part of a team of seven lawyers and will be supported by three paralegal officers. A strong teamwork ethic is essential.
We aim to provide a quality service to our clients by all working efficiently as a team and you should be able to demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence in this challenging area of law.
SLO - Social Care (Adults)
An exciting opportunity has also arisen in the Social Care Legal Team for a qualified solicitor with experience in this challenging area of law.
You will need to provide legal advice, representation and advocacy in all aspects of adult social care law. This will include supporting the Adult Social Care team on the Care Act 2014, the law relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including S21a applications, S16, Re X application and issues concerning deprivations of liberty. An understanding of the changes proposed by the Liberty Protection Safeguards would be beneficial.
Ideally you will have experience in all matters relating to safeguarding, ordinary residence, and deprivation of assets and other funding issues.
You may also be required to deal with Mental Health Act 1983 queries, including applications for displacement of nearest relatives, conditional discharge of patients and S117 funding and support queries.
You should be able to give clear and concise advice and be willing to attend and advise at decision making panels relating to Vulnerable Adults and those transitioning from childrens to adult’s services.
What you’ll need
To join us, you’ll either be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or a Legal Executive (CILEx) with a level 6 qualification. You will have relevant specialist experience in your chosen area. You’ll show a commitment to contributing to the achievement of the Council’s priorities and will demonstrate the Council’s values of honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do.
To achieve your ambitions while shaping a bright future for our communities, apply now
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided. Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.