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Childcare Lawyer

  • £50512 - £53584 per annum + + £3,203 annual car allowance
  • Bedfordshire
  • Permanent
  • Legal, Local Government & Public Sector

Senior Childcare Lawyer

Salary: £50,512 - £53,584 per annum (+ £3,203 annual car allowance)

Location: Luton (Bedfordshire)

Working: Hybrid (2 days on-site)

Closing Date: Friday 26 July 2024

About the Senior Childcare Lawyer Role:

Sellick Partnership is proud to be working with an exceptional legal services team in the heart of Bedfordshire. We are looking for a Senior Childcare Lawyer to join the social services legal team at Luton Borough Council to provide advice and representation to the Council in all areas of childcare law.

Luton Borough Council has a wealth of experience gained through many years of advising their clients in local government, the public sector, charities, and schools. The team provides a wide range of legal services, delivered by specialist lawyers who understand the local government context and priorities. Working for the benefit of the public and having a team ethos is at the heart of the culture.

Key Responsibilities of the Senior Childcare Lawyer role:

The role will involve delivering comprehensive professional legal advice to Children's Services. You will manage a portfolio of your own cases which will consist of, but not limited to:

  • s31 Care Proceedings
  • Emergency Protection Orders
  • Advising in relation to PLO proceedings, adoption, leaving care and age assessments
  • You will be required to undertake advocacy in Luton, and you will need to be comfortable negotiating with clients and other professionals to secure agreed objectives
  • You will be responsible for providing support and guidance to the wider team and helping them to develop their skills

You will have a brilliant opportunity to develop your specialism with the support of like-minded people and an experienced team around you.

Ideal requirements for the Senior Childcare Lawyer position will include:

We are looking for candidates with previous advocacy experience and exceptional relationship building, networking, and influencing skills. In addition to this, you will ideally have experience of managing and mentoring team members.

You will need to be a qualified Solicitor, barrister or FCILEx with 6 years+ PQE to apply but we are open minded to speaking with candidates of all child protection backgrounds.

Benefits of the Senior Childcare Lawyer role:

  • Car allowance package - £3,203 per annum
  • 25 to 32 days' annual leave - linked to length of service and grade
  • Annual leave scheme - buy up to 20 days additional annual leave
  • Local Government Pensions Scheme - considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates
  • Generous relocation package - up to £8,000
  • Staff Offers - includes discounts on your MOT, gym and fitness, restaurants and salons
  • Arriva Travel Club - excellent value savings on local travel
  • A flexible work-life balance: flexible working options including working from home where possible and smarter working arrangements
  • Training and support: unlimited access to development courses, mentoring and support and clear career pathways
  • A diverse and experienced team with a wealth of public law knowledge and talent
  • Employee Assistance Programme: a free, 24/7 confidential counselling and wellbeing support service available to all employees, their partner or spouse and dependent children over 16 still living at home
  • This role provides variety in what you do, challenging and high-impact cases to work on, the opportunity to work for the benefit of the wider public and the chance to progress your career within a progressive legal service, where you will learn from some talented and experienced professionals

How to apply for the Senior Childcare Lawyer role:

To apply, please submit your CV and/or cover letter via this page or alternatively, contact Lewis Dainty or Albert Pearson in the Sellick Partnership Manchester office.

Sellick Partnership is proud to be an inclusive and accessible recruitment business and we support applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances. Please note, our advertisements use years' experience, hourly rates, and salary levels purely as a guide and we assess applications 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 on our website.

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