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Contentious Lawyer

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Public Sector & Not-for-Profit, Legal

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £40233 - £44242 per annum

  • Consultant:

    Amy Swain

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  • Reference:


  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Liquid error: internal

Litigation Solicitor / Legal Executive/ Barrister


Up to £40,242 + £3,000 market supplement and £1,000 car allowance

Full Time


A Contentious Solicitor is required to join a Kent based local authority on a permanent basis.

As a Contentious Solicitor you will undertake an extensive legal caseload of reasonably complex related work as a member of the shared legal services Contentious team providing legal advice services to elected members, including committees and to senior managers and staff across the 3 Councils.

You will appear on behalf of the local authorities and any other Council customers at the Magistrates Court, County Court, Tribunals and Inquiries as required and to instruct Counsel in Higher Court Matters.

As a Contentious Solicitor you will deal with a range of Civil and Criminal Litigation matters. Criminal cases will include planning enforcement, environmental and ASB prosecutions with occasional forays into less common areas such as Health and Safety.

Civil litigation includes dealing with complaints in the Magistrates Court both as claimant (G&T Orders, food hygiene orders etc.) and respondent, (appeals against notices) , as well as debt recovery/possessions as claimant and defending the Council from claims in the County Court and Judicial Reviews, mainly planning based in the High Court.

Other required skills and experience of a Contentious Solicitor:

  • Qualified solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive
  • Post qualification legal practice experience in the field of Contentious law, including court and Inquiry procedures
  • Experience of advising at committees and member briefings on all aspects of contentious law & procedures
  • A track record of providing legal advice and support to senior leaders and key decision-makers at the highest levels in the subject area of contentious law and practice
  • Experience of operating in politically sensitive environments and able to demonstrate a good degree of political nous

Benefits of the role:

  • Flexible working- condensed hour week and remote working options
  • Excellent annual leave
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Low interest car loan scheme

If you believe you have the necessary skills and experience for this role, please apply now, or contact Amy Swain at Sellick Partnership on 0161 513 0886 or email amy.swain@sellickpartnership.co.uk.

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