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Trainee Solicitor – Adult & Children

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Job ID:

21213

Practice Area(s):

Adult Social Care, Children's Services

Location:

Wiltshire, South-West 

Role:

Trainee Solicitor
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Employment Type:

Training Contract

Posted:

28.04.2022

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

RNR000656
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Job Description:

£20,560 to £27,938 p.a pro rata

Swindon is a thriving and diverse modern town that is ranked as the seventh top places to live and work in the UK by the OneFamily website; “Swindon has a high job satisfaction rating and is on the whole a happy place to live”.

Swindon Borough Council strives to make a real difference to the community, has an ambitious vision and is committed to delivering for our residents and local businesses though projects including building new homes, achieving a low carbon environment and net zero emissions by 2030, creating new school places, upgrading roads, enhancing our country parks and extensive council-led investment to revitalise the town centre. The Council is committed to making Swindon safer, fairer and healthier though protecting our children and adults, increasing health and wellbeing facilities and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Swindon are at an exciting place in our journey to a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 and want your help to lay the foundations for future regeneration and transformation programmes.

The legal department are committed to innovation and the progression of the team and each employee. The department is operating a hybrid first approach to flexible working, meaning that the majority of the team are working in a hybrid way, working within the office or other locations to meet the needs to the role including attending hearings, committee and client meetings are required.

Having reassessed how the department can meet the needs of the Council to realise its vision and having seen the development of staff into high graded roles we are now recruiting and have exciting opportunities throughout all levels of the team from senior solicitors to newly qualified; legal assistants and those seeking a training path to becoming a lawyer as well within the departments business support team.

We are thinking proactively about planning for our future workforce, particularly in the key area of social care law supporting the Council's statutory function in respect of vulnerable children and adults. As part of this process we are looking for a Trainee Solicitor who has a keen interest in this fascinating area of legal practice. Having studied family law at degree level and/or as an option in the LPC is not a pre-requisite but we are looking for someone wants to practice in this face paced area of law.  

You will be working within a friendly and supportive team environment where your professional development will be nurtured and appreciated. You will be working on some of the most sensitive and challenging of cases in an area of law which is extremely rewarding. You will be supporting our social care clients in achieving the best outcomes for children and adults across the Swindon Borough.

We are looking to primarily ‘grow our own’ adults and children’s solicitor and upon successful completion of the period of training there is a potential for a future permanent solicitor role within the team. The successful candidate will therefore be required by the end of the training period to demonstrate ability in childcare, education and adult law, have gained advocacy skills, and have a willingness to practice in and undertake advocacy in these areas.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to gain substantial pre-qualification experience in areas of contentious and non-contentious law with the aim of developing a solicitor with a strong working knowledge of the legislation, regulations and practice directions governing social care law as well as the Swindon Borough Councils internal practices and processes.

We are looking for candidates who will have completed at the time of commencing the training their LPC or have arrangements in place for completing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam 1 and 2.

We will provide you with excellent training and support, the opportunity to take on appropriate responsibility from an early stage (including advocacy) and strong foundations for your future career. The legal team have a high retention rate for trainees as a result of the nurturing environment fostered within the team.

In return for your talents, we offer a range of benefits including:
•    A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme with good employer contribution
•    25 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) with the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave and additional holiday for long service
•    Free car parking at our central Swindon campus
•    A range of wellbeing and leisure initiatives

If you are interested in this role but require additional information you are invited to contact Carrie Hopton, email chopton@swindon.gov.uk for an informal discussion.

For more information and to apply, please click on the Enquire/Apply button below.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early so early applications are encouraged.

Closing date: 18th May 2022
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Swindon Borough Council
Wiltshire, South-West, United Kingdom

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Swindon Borough Council
Wiltshire, South-West, United Kingdom
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Trainee Solicitor – Adult & Children

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Job ID:

21213

Practice Area(s):

Adult Social Care, Children's Services

Location:

Wiltshire, South-West 

Role:

Trainee Solicitor
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Training Contract

Posted:

28.04.2022

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

RNR000656
col-wide   

Job Description:

£20,560 to £27,938 p.a pro rata

Swindon is a thriving and diverse modern town that is ranked as the seventh top places to live and work in the UK by the OneFamily website; “Swindon has a high job satisfaction rating and is on the whole a happy place to live”.

Swindon Borough Council strives to make a real difference to the community, has an ambitious vision and is committed to delivering for our residents and local businesses though projects including building new homes, achieving a low carbon environment and net zero emissions by 2030, creating new school places, upgrading roads, enhancing our country parks and extensive council-led investment to revitalise the town centre. The Council is committed to making Swindon safer, fairer and healthier though protecting our children and adults, increasing health and wellbeing facilities and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Swindon are at an exciting place in our journey to a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 and want your help to lay the foundations for future regeneration and transformation programmes.

The legal department are committed to innovation and the progression of the team and each employee. The department is operating a hybrid first approach to flexible working, meaning that the majority of the team are working in a hybrid way, working within the office or other locations to meet the needs to the role including attending hearings, committee and client meetings are required.

Having reassessed how the department can meet the needs of the Council to realise its vision and having seen the development of staff into high graded roles we are now recruiting and have exciting opportunities throughout all levels of the team from senior solicitors to newly qualified; legal assistants and those seeking a training path to becoming a lawyer as well within the departments business support team.

We are thinking proactively about planning for our future workforce, particularly in the key area of social care law supporting the Council's statutory function in respect of vulnerable children and adults. As part of this process we are looking for a Trainee Solicitor who has a keen interest in this fascinating area of legal practice. Having studied family law at degree level and/or as an option in the LPC is not a pre-requisite but we are looking for someone wants to practice in this face paced area of law.  

You will be working within a friendly and supportive team environment where your professional development will be nurtured and appreciated. You will be working on some of the most sensitive and challenging of cases in an area of law which is extremely rewarding. You will be supporting our social care clients in achieving the best outcomes for children and adults across the Swindon Borough.

We are looking to primarily ‘grow our own’ adults and children’s solicitor and upon successful completion of the period of training there is a potential for a future permanent solicitor role within the team. The successful candidate will therefore be required by the end of the training period to demonstrate ability in childcare, education and adult law, have gained advocacy skills, and have a willingness to practice in and undertake advocacy in these areas.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to gain substantial pre-qualification experience in areas of contentious and non-contentious law with the aim of developing a solicitor with a strong working knowledge of the legislation, regulations and practice directions governing social care law as well as the Swindon Borough Councils internal practices and processes.

We are looking for candidates who will have completed at the time of commencing the training their LPC or have arrangements in place for completing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam 1 and 2.

We will provide you with excellent training and support, the opportunity to take on appropriate responsibility from an early stage (including advocacy) and strong foundations for your future career. The legal team have a high retention rate for trainees as a result of the nurturing environment fostered within the team.

In return for your talents, we offer a range of benefits including:
•    A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme with good employer contribution
•    25 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) with the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave and additional holiday for long service
•    Free car parking at our central Swindon campus
•    A range of wellbeing and leisure initiatives

If you are interested in this role but require additional information you are invited to contact Carrie Hopton, email chopton@swindon.gov.uk for an informal discussion.

For more information and to apply, please click on the Enquire/Apply button below.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early so early applications are encouraged.

Closing date: 18th May 2022