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Senior Legal Adviser

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Job ID:

12850

Practice Area(s):

Litigation/Prosecutions

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

13.02.2020

Employer type:

Local Authority
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Job Description:

£40,449 - £45,524 per annum

Hampshire Legal Services

An opportunity for a qualified solicitor has arisen in the litigation team of Hampshire Legal Services (HLS), part of Hampshire County Council. Hampshire Legal Services is a dedicated team of specialist lawyers that provides legal support and advice for those involved with the delivery of public services.

The role entails working individually and as part of a team to deliver services to client departments and external clients regarding a mixed caseload, including prosecutions, multi-track complex claims relating to personal injury, judicial review, and advice regarding deprivation of assets in social care cases. You will have experience of advocacy in civil proceedings and ideally have worked previously in a local government or another public sector organisation. This is a varied role that includes drafting documents, providing clients with risk based pragmatic advice and advocacy.
 
Hampshire County Council can offer you an improved work-life balance through flexible working and our excellent benefits package including;
  • Access to Local Government Pension Scheme (employer contributions starting at 16.1% of your salary).
  • Between 25 - 28 days annual leave entitlement (dependant on Local Authority service).
  • Interest free travel loans and discounts.
  • Employee Support Services.
  • Family friendly policies.
Role Responsibilities - with minimal supervision:
 
Receive instructions, give advice and draft documentation
To provide effective legal advice to departments as part of the General Litigation Team. To manage a mixed caseload, including prosecutions, multi-track complex claims relating to personal injury, judicial review, and advice regarding deprivation of assets in social care cases.

Drafting
Drafting documents to agreed departmental and professional standards, ensuring documents protect the interests of the County Council or external clients, and secure the best outcome. Documents include witness statements, questions to experts, settlement agreements, briefs to counsel, and other civil litigation related documents.

Research and Advice
To include undertaking legal research on complex matters, identifying and sourcing a range of documents and resources, including legislation, and case law, and government guidance.
   
Gathering and evaluating of evidence to provide informed legal advice to departments and external clients.

Case Management
Conducting a caseload of contentious matters, to a consistently high standard and within prescribed internal and external standards and procedures.  To manage cases in accordance with the SRA’s Code of Conduct, Lexcel, Office Procedures Manual, and Client Care Policy.
   
Determine and continually monitor cases in accordance with legal principles.
   
Liaison with external parties when required to protect and best represent the interests of the client.
   
Using an electronic case management system to record time, key dates, risk checks, and complete other processes as required to comply with regulatory standards and codes.

Advocacy
To represent the County Council and external clients to a high professional standard at all types of hearing before the Magistrates Court, and the County Court, as required.

Internal Communications
To regularly share information so as to contribute to the provision of an efficient service.

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Conducting negotiations on behalf of the County Council or external clients.
   
Deciding on the most appropriate approaches and methods of resolution to affect the best outcome for the client.

Development, Training and Supervision
To effectively provide legal training to departments on areas of specialism.

Corporate & statutory initiatives
To ensure that all relevant corporate initiatives and legislation are considered in the advice and action recommended to departments, and in the preparation of cases.
   
To engage positively with the County Council’s Transformation programme, assisting Legal Services and departments to implement and further that programme.

Role Requirements:
  • Solicitor, Barrister, or Legal Executive.
  • Good knowledge and recent experience of providing legal advice relevant to the role
  • Good drafting skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the concept of client care with evidence of having applied this in practice
  • Good self organisation, time and case management skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to work as part of a team and contribute towards overall service development
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment
  • Ability to travel throughout the County as required
Working Conditions:
  • Manual Handling: Objects up to 5kg on a daily basis
  • Display Screen Equipment User
Contact details for an informal discussion:
Simon Cook, Team Leader (General Litigation) on 01962 832430

Closing date: 1 March 2020

For further information or to apply, please click on the Enquire/Apply button below.
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Hampshire County Council
Hampshire, South-East (exc London), United Kingdom

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Hampshire County Council
Hampshire, South-East (exc London), United Kingdom
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Senior Legal Adviser

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Job ID:

12850

Practice Area(s):

Litigation/Prosecutions

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

13.02.2020

Employer type:

Local Authority
col-wide   

Job Description:

£40,449 - £45,524 per annum

Hampshire Legal Services

An opportunity for a qualified solicitor has arisen in the litigation team of Hampshire Legal Services (HLS), part of Hampshire County Council. Hampshire Legal Services is a dedicated team of specialist lawyers that provides legal support and advice for those involved with the delivery of public services.

The role entails working individually and as part of a team to deliver services to client departments and external clients regarding a mixed caseload, including prosecutions, multi-track complex claims relating to personal injury, judicial review, and advice regarding deprivation of assets in social care cases. You will have experience of advocacy in civil proceedings and ideally have worked previously in a local government or another public sector organisation. This is a varied role that includes drafting documents, providing clients with risk based pragmatic advice and advocacy.
 
Hampshire County Council can offer you an improved work-life balance through flexible working and our excellent benefits package including;
  • Access to Local Government Pension Scheme (employer contributions starting at 16.1% of your salary).
  • Between 25 - 28 days annual leave entitlement (dependant on Local Authority service).
  • Interest free travel loans and discounts.
  • Employee Support Services.
  • Family friendly policies.
Role Responsibilities - with minimal supervision:
 
Receive instructions, give advice and draft documentation
To provide effective legal advice to departments as part of the General Litigation Team. To manage a mixed caseload, including prosecutions, multi-track complex claims relating to personal injury, judicial review, and advice regarding deprivation of assets in social care cases.

Drafting
Drafting documents to agreed departmental and professional standards, ensuring documents protect the interests of the County Council or external clients, and secure the best outcome. Documents include witness statements, questions to experts, settlement agreements, briefs to counsel, and other civil litigation related documents.

Research and Advice
To include undertaking legal research on complex matters, identifying and sourcing a range of documents and resources, including legislation, and case law, and government guidance.
   
Gathering and evaluating of evidence to provide informed legal advice to departments and external clients.

Case Management
Conducting a caseload of contentious matters, to a consistently high standard and within prescribed internal and external standards and procedures.  To manage cases in accordance with the SRA’s Code of Conduct, Lexcel, Office Procedures Manual, and Client Care Policy.
   
Determine and continually monitor cases in accordance with legal principles.
   
Liaison with external parties when required to protect and best represent the interests of the client.
   
Using an electronic case management system to record time, key dates, risk checks, and complete other processes as required to comply with regulatory standards and codes.

Advocacy
To represent the County Council and external clients to a high professional standard at all types of hearing before the Magistrates Court, and the County Court, as required.

Internal Communications
To regularly share information so as to contribute to the provision of an efficient service.

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Conducting negotiations on behalf of the County Council or external clients.
   
Deciding on the most appropriate approaches and methods of resolution to affect the best outcome for the client.

Development, Training and Supervision
To effectively provide legal training to departments on areas of specialism.

Corporate & statutory initiatives
To ensure that all relevant corporate initiatives and legislation are considered in the advice and action recommended to departments, and in the preparation of cases.
   
To engage positively with the County Council’s Transformation programme, assisting Legal Services and departments to implement and further that programme.

Role Requirements:
  • Solicitor, Barrister, or Legal Executive.
  • Good knowledge and recent experience of providing legal advice relevant to the role
  • Good drafting skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the concept of client care with evidence of having applied this in practice
  • Good self organisation, time and case management skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to work as part of a team and contribute towards overall service development
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment
  • Ability to travel throughout the County as required
Working Conditions:
  • Manual Handling: Objects up to 5kg on a daily basis
  • Display Screen Equipment User
Contact details for an informal discussion:
Simon Cook, Team Leader (General Litigation) on 01962 832430

Closing date: 1 March 2020

For further information or to apply, please click on the Enquire/Apply button below.