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Adult or Education Lawyer- Permanent Role

  • £39161 - £50487 per annum
  • Berkshire
  • Permanent
  • Legal, Local Government & Public Sector

People Lawyer

Education or Adult Social Care

Salary: £39,161- £50,487

Location: Berkshire

Sellick Partnership is working with a small and friendly legal service within a Council in Berkshire to recruit a permanent Education or Adult Social Care specialist to join the People team. The People Team provide a wide range of legal advice and support to Council Services in relation to Adults Social Care, Education, including SEN tribunals and Schools, Housing, Inquests and Children and Family Services (not care proceedings) and Licencing. The Council are looking to recruit a new member to join its already experienced team within Legal Services and in return you can expect a rewarding career with an organisation that offers a range of attractive benefits and a friendly, flexible, and supportive work environment.

About the People Lawyer- Education or Adult Social Care opportunity:

As People lawyer, you will join a supportive and proactive friendly team passionate about better outcomes for vulnerable adults or children. The team is small but hugely supportive and the right candidate will gain the benefit of a breadth of experience as no day is ever the same. This role offers the opportunity for growth and development with a fantastic training programme to support with your learning, development, and career progression.

Benefits include:

  • A generous annual leave entitlement of minimum 29 days per annum plus bank holidays (rising to 35 after 5 years continuous service).
  • An offer of flexible & hybrid working wherever possible.
  • Option for offering less hours than advertised, providing you meet the requirements of the role and service as determined by the recruiting manager.
  • Local government pension scheme.
  • Family friendly policies.
  • A range of local discounts.

Key duties of the People Lawyer:

As an Education or Adult Social Care specialist, you will personally undertake a complex caseload of work primarily in either SEN tribunal work or Adult Social Care. You will be responsible for providing timely and accurate advice to Members and Officers of the Council, including representation and attendance at such meetings as desired by the Client Department, ensuring that decisions and actions comply with the Council's Constitution and are defensible.

Ideal requirements of the People Lawyer:

Our client is seeking a strong team player, with a flexible approach to work and willingness to learn.

The ideal candidate will have a strong sense of public value and have worked in a local government setting or understand what it means to be a Local Government lawyer. You will be a strong communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to write clear and concise reports and to present informational oral and written skills.

Ideal skills and attributes include:

  • Ability to give high level legal advice to officers and members.
  • Ability to independently manage a substantial case load.
  • Excellent negotiating and drafting skills.
  • Advocacy skills in either a court or tribunal setting.
  • Able to work under pressure, organising work to ensure deadlines and targets are met.
  • Able to transfer legal skills to unfamiliar areas of law.
  • To draft and negotiate a full range of legal documentation required with minimal supervision.

You will be a qualified Solicitor/Barrister/Chartered Legal Executive with a current Practising Certificate and will have good knowledge and understanding of the law in respect of one or more of the area Adults social care and Education including schools and SEN tribunals, ideally in a local government setting.

How to apply for the People Lawyer opportunity:

We encourage interested applicants to apply immediately to be considered for shortlisting. Alternatively, should you require further information or wish to discuss your suitability before applying please contact Kiran Purewal in our Manchester office for a confidential discussion.

Sellick Partnership is proud to be an inclusive and accessible recruitment business and we support applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances. We can adapt our processes to accommodate everybody, so please let us know how we can help improve your recruitment experience. Please note, our advertisements use years' experience, hourly rates, and salary levels purely as a guide based on the specific skills set out in the advert. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who can demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. Our Consultants assess based on the experience and skills evidenced on the CV. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.

Kiran Purewal Business Manager

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