Principal Childcare Lawyer

  • Job Reference: 6951030/001
  • Date Posted: 12 March 2020
  • Recruiter: Midlands
  • Location: Cambridgeshire, England
  • Salary: £42,126 to £56,932
  • Sector: Legal
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Permanent – Principal Childcare Solicitor – £42,126 to £56,932 – East Anglia


Venn Group's legal team are recruiting for a Permanent Principal Childcare Solicitorfor a Local Authority based in East Anglia on a full-time, 37 hour per week basis.


The successful applicant will manage and lead a team of Lawyers providing innovative and pragmatic legal advice concerning a range of Children’s social care functions alongside a legal caseload including complex and sensitive issues in matters ranging from care proceedings, adoption and litigation.


The ideal candidate will be a currently practicing Solicitor or Barrister with experience of working within local government and of conducting proceedings under the Children’s Act 1989, the Adoption and Children Act 2002, judicial reviews and advocacy in the Family Courts, alongside previous management experience.


Duties will include:


  • Providing legal advice on a range of Childcare matters including care proceedings and adoption to clients including elected members and Senior Officers

  • Attending courts and tribunals undertaking advocacy where required and to also to instruct and manager suppliers of external legal services such as solicitors and barristers

  • Managing a team of Lawyers

  • Managing the performance of the team to include performance, caseloads and productivity, motivation and development, recruitment, selection and appraisals

  • Where required, providing training to clients in specialist areas of law

  • Developing and providing legal input into training courses for a range of professional clients including social care and mental health workers

  • Leading, directing, developing and improving the service to client organisations, predominately in the area of children’s social care to ensure the provision an excellent standard of client care and value for money

  • Acting as a legal advisor to client organisations to ensure awareness of their safeguarding responsibilities and ensure compliance with statutory duties and obligations

  • Liaising with heads of service to ensure that the legal service provided to them meets their needs and is focused on delivering high quality legal services, customer care and service improvements

  • Deputising for the Head of Community Services and Education where required


Benefits include:


  • Attractive Pension Scheme

  • Flexible working arrangements - Flexible hours and remote working is available with the aim to give everyone a balanced work-life ratio

  • Family Friendly policies including excellent Maternity, Paternity and Adoption entitlements

  • A generous minimum annual leave entitlement of 28 days, plus public holidays with the option to purchase more annual leave!

  • Scheme giving you the chance to get discounts on things like travel and retail to help you save money every day


This role is offering an attractive salary of between £42,126 to £56,932 dependent upon experience.


Please apply for this role online or for further information contact Philippa Stoate or Sophie Powell at Venn Group via phone, email or LinkedIn for further information.


0121 616 0660


Venn Group aim to deliver the highest standards, so you can be assured your application will be handled with professionalism and care.

At Venn Group, we endeavour to respond to all applications within 48 hours. However due to the volume of applications we receive we may not be able to respond to all applications individually. If you have not heard from us within a 48 hour timeframe your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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