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Lawyer (Hackney)
Location: Hackney, London
Salary:£24.13 p/h
Date: 18 Sep 2020

BBS Recruitment is currently recruiting for an experienced Lawyer in a temp position for our client in Hackney.
The successful candidate should be a proactive and hardworking individual with prior experience within a role. 
We are looking for a dynamic, creative, and highly skilled Child Care/Community lawyer with significant experience of Children’s and Community care matters and an understanding and commitment to the Council’s sustainability agenda. You will be solution focused and driven to achieve successful outcomes for your clients. You will provide a responsive service working closely with colleagues across the Council to deliver key objectives in accordance with the Corporate Plan. This is a demanding role that will require resilience and tenacity along with the determination to achieve results. You will be responsible for a mixed caseload and must be proactive in dealing with contentious matters. As the first point of contact for clients and as a legal representative at the Courts, excellent communication skills are essential, but you will also appreciate and exemplify the tact and discretion needed to handle highly confidential and sensitive matters. You will be expected to undertake some advocacy and should be willing also take on some Adult Social Care matters. We are looking for a qualified Solicitor or Barrister or Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives with post-qualification experience of dealing with care proceedings, public law, and judicial review matters.
  • Qualified solicitor or barrister (Supreme Court of England and Wales/English Bar) or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives 
  • Experience of undertaking a caseload of both routine and non-routine legal matters
  • Experience of providing clear, consistent, and accurate legal advice to clients on the interpretation of the law
  • Experience of using a case management system. 
  • Experience of undertaking a caseload of complex legal matters
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas of law relevant to the team in which the post holder will be working:
o Adult social services
o Children’s Services
o Employment
o Environmental law
o General litigation
o Housing
o Licensing
o Local government 
o Planning
o Policy
o Procurement and contracts
o Property
o Prosecutions
o Regeneration
o Trading Standards and consumer protection
  • Experience of advocacy
  • Experience of researching and presenting complex legal arguments
  • Experience of achieving chargeable hours targets. 
  • Experience of providing legal services to clients to agreed standards and of implementing client care policies and initiatives.
  • Understanding of the workings of local government and the issues affecting a multi-cultural inner-city area.
  • IT literate  
  • Ability to provide high quality legal services to clients across the Council.
  • Ability to manage a demanding caseload of legal matters
  • Ability to achieve chargeable hours targets
  • Ability to represent the Council in courts and tribunals
  • Client care skills
  • Ability to comply with practice management and other professional standards
  • Ability to use a case management system effectively and record at least 1200 chargeable hours per annum
  • Highly developed communication skills both oral and written
  • Influencing and negotiation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to embrace and implement the Council’s Equalities Policy
  • To be able to attend meetings, including evening meetings as and when required
  • A CRB check will be required where the post-holder has dealings with Adult Social Services and Children’s Services.
  • DBS
  • 2 Years References 
  • Law Degree 
  • Start Date: 29/06/2020