Salary: £46549 – £52239
Shift hours: 37
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.
Our in-house legal team delivers a professional, comprehensive service, ready to deal with any legal issue. 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.
We are looking for an experienced Lawyer in the People team to work across all aspects of Children’s Social Care Work.
You will be primarily focused on Children’s Social Care law. There will be opportunities to work in the other areas of law covered by the team, to develop your knowledge of the workings of local government, and to enhance and diversify your personal development, always with the aim of providing a high-quality legal service to our clients.
You will be responsible for managing a mixed caseload of Children’s Social Care work, specifically pre-proceedings work, but including general duty work, policy and procedure and some safeguarding partnership work, have strong drafting skills and be able to give sound, pragmatic legal advice on complex matters to Officers and Members within the Council.
Good organisational, communication and IT skills will be required, as well as the ability to adapt, work to tight deadlines, and give sound, practical advice. You will need good drafting skills, the ability to undertake complex legal research, conduct training sessions, act as an advocate in courts and tribunals, and attend Council Member meetings.
When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement and in doing so, should demonstrate how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification and Job Description and include/demonstrate the following:
- An experienced Solicitor, Barrister, or Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow),
- Understanding of the law relating to Children’s Social Care, including pre-proceedings work and experience in managing a busy caseload in this area,
- Experience working with senior officers, Elected Members, and partner agencies,
- Knowledge and understanding of local government and administrative law.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’