We are an in-house, public-sector legal service, supporting Coventry City Council to make a difference in the lives of the people of Coventry every, single day. We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, accepting of all and free from discrimination and bias.
Coventry City Council’s Legal and Procurement Services are part of the public sector providing in-house legal support and have custodial responsibility for public spending to Coventry City Council.
The Legal Services team offers a professional comprehensive, tailor-made service to address legal issues of every description. The team is highly motivated, eager to develop and face challenges head-on.
Besides being great people, our in-house legal team delivers a professional, comprehensive service, ready to deal with any legal issue. As a member of this team, you will have the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about delivering the One Coventry vision and dedicated to growing and facing challenges head-on. It is one of our core values to support your career growth, and we will always find time to help you succeed.Our Values
It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
Our Values are:
What is the job role?
The Case Management Team represents Coventry Children's Services in child care and adoption proceedings. In this position, you will work on some of the most sensitive cases, as well as the most rewarding ones, supporting Coventry Children’s Services to achieve the best outcomes for children in our city.
We are seeking a childcare lawyer to join the Case Management legal team. In this role, you will manage a caseload of childcare cases and advise on all aspects of Child Protection and Safeguarding law. You will be part of a friendly and supportive team that handles public law child care and adoption proceedings on behalf of Coventry Children's Services. Providing quality legal services to Coventry Children's Services and managing a caseload of public law children's cases through the court process will be your primary responsibilities.
A team of in-house advocates is available for more complex hearings, but some advocacy may be required as well. The role will be supported by supervision and training. Additionally, you will receive legal officer support to help you manage your cases. Your primary role will be to manage cases during care proceedings, but you will also handle cases during the pre-proceeding stage of the PLO.
We are a forward-thinking Legal Services team that embraces hybrid working, enabling you to achieve that elusive, better work/life balance (you can even boost your annual entitlement by 18 days! ). We occupy a modern building right by Coventry station, so we are easily accessible by public transport.Who are we looking for?
We are seeking applications from Solicitors, Barristers, and Legal Executives with experience or an interest in advising on children's safeguarding matters. If you have experience in child protection or other relevant areas, whether it is in the public or private sector, we would like to hear from you. We recognise transferable skills and assist lawyers in supporting, mentoring and further developing their skills in this rewarding field.
If you have just become a Solicitor, Chartered Legal Executive or Actuary, this post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Standard DBS check.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
Interview date: Week commencing 18th December 2023About Coventry
Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.
We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.
At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.
To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.
If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit https://www.coventry.gov.uk/council-vacancies