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Childcare solicitors play an integral role in family law cases, offering support to young people who may have been the victim of domestic abuse, being responsible for their safety after a difficult time, or representing parents looking to regain custody for their children. 

This challenging yet extremely rewarding career is a popular choice for individuals in the legal profession, and Sellick Partnership regularly place talented candidates into similar positions matching this type of childcare solicitor role. 
Basic information 

  • Salary bracket: £40,000 to £55,000 (perm), or £30 to £40 per hour (temp/locum), depending on location and experience.
  • Contract basis: Locum and permanent roles.
  • Job location: Across the UK – including Manchester, Midlands, East Midlands, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and London.
  • Working hours: full or part time

Key responsibilities of a childcare solicitor

In the majority of cases, the typical workload of a childcare solicitor will involve:

  • Providing a service of legal advice and practice to either a public or private organisation, dependent on the job role. This could include child protection, social care, immigration and education work, including special educational needs.
  • Legal research and advice. 
  • Representing the local authority in a professional manner, and building/developing successful relationships.
  • Carrying a substantial workload – usually in the region of 10 to 12 public care cases, plus around five private child cases
  • Meeting deadlines 
  • Writing clear and concise reports 
  • Delivering presentations 
  • Working as part of a team, as well as independently 
  • Handling a wide variety of cases spanning a number of challenging and sensitive areas, such as neglect, abuse or adoption 
  • Undertaking advocacy, and instructing counsel where necessary 
  • Attending public law and legal planning meetings 

What skills do you need to be a childcare solicitor? 

The experience required to enter into a role as a childcare solicitor is dependent on the type of organisation, and the qualifications a candidate has. Many firms offer training that can be completed while you are in the role. 

  • Ability to make important decisions quickly.
  • Communicating well, both orally and in writing 
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills
Experience needed to be a childcare solicitor
  • Qualified solicitor.
  • Proven experience as a childcare solicitor, or barrister 
  • Experience of managing a caseload of public cases under minimum supervision.
  • Experience of conducting advocacy (where applicable)
  • Any previous experience of attending public law outline of legal planning meetings would be highly beneficial. 

Qualifications needed to be a childcare solicitor

The qualifications required to be a childcare solicitor will depend on the organisation that is hiring, and the specific duties the candidate will be expected to carry out. Commonly, candidates will become a solicitor through studying law at university, before taking the Legal Practice Course (LPC). However, this is not restricted to all legal professionals, some may study a non-law degree, then take the Common Professional Examination, or the Graduate Diploma in Law conversion course before doing the LPC. 

Alternatively you would need to complete a training contract to qualify as a solicitor or qualify as a legal executive through the Cilex route. 

Person specification 

Childcare solicitors are expected to have the following characteristics: 

  • Strong dedication to their work
  • Great communication skills
  • Good judgement
  • An analytical mind 
  • Research skills 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Perseverance

Career progression for a childcare solicitor

There are many opportunities to progress as a childcare solicitor. 

  • Senior childcare solicitor
  • Opportunities to mentor junior members of the team
  • Head of department

Working hours/benefits many organisations offer

The hours you work will depend on the company/body you work for as a childcare solicitor. 

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