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Senior Social Care Solicitor

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Job ID:

21619

Practice Area(s):

Children's Services

Location:

West London, London (Greater) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

06.06.2022

Employer type:

Local Authority
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Job Description:

£46,392 - £49,428

Home working and 3 Shortlands, London, W6 8DA (Hybrid working)

At Hammersmith & Fulham, we are ambitious in reforming the council to ensure this is a place for everybody. Within the Finance & Governance department, our ambition is to be 'ruthlessly financially efficient' in everything that we do, to ensure that our residents and services are receiving the best value for money whilst challenging old-fashioned thinking, unfairness and removing waste where possible.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Legal Services is looking to recruit an enthusiastic England and Wales qualified solicitor or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to provide clear and balanced Social Care advice.  

You will be able to hold a caseload which covers all aspects of social care law. Predominantly the role is to advise Children Services in relation to various child protection matters. You will hold a mixed caseload of care proceedings, pre- proceedings and miscellaneous matters such as designation of authority, secure accommodation, age assessment judicial reviews and deprivation of liberty authorisations etc. The team also provides Education and Adult Social Care advice and so the successful candidate will also develop their career within these areas whilst having the opportunity to undertake some advocacy.

You will be required to attend meetings with the client departments and undertake technical and complex research. You will have excellent time management skills as you will need to manage your own workloads and juggle competing demands and deadlines. You must be an excellent team player who can thrive working in an experienced, friendly and supportive team which develops and values its staff.

You will have a positive and willing attitude, commercial outlook and will look for innovative and collaborative ways to deliver a client-focused service which adds value for our clients and taxpayers.

This is a 36 hour per week permanent role. As the Service works in a flexible and agile fashion, applicants do not necessarily need to be based in London. Hybrid working at our Hammersmith offices and Court attendance for In-Person hearings in Central London will occasionally be necessary. This post is a career grade and the full Job Role is set out below.  

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Role Responsibilities:
  • To conduct proceedings in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court, High Court, Crown Court and Magistrate Court or any other Tribunal and comply with applicable time limits. The post holder’s case load may include high profile, politically sensitive and financially weighted cases.
  • To deal with all types of public law children and adult matters and to report to, liaise with and assist the Chief Solicitor Social Care and the Borough Solicitor as necessary.
  • To advise on SEN cases and other education matters.
  • To prepare and process all matters relevant to child protection cases before any court, inquiry or tribunal, including the evaluation of evidence, drafting applications and statements and having general conduct of all matters.
  • To appear as the Council’s advocate in Courts, Tribunals, Inquiries or other hearings as appropriate.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

Applicants are invited to submit C.V.s and a supporting statement which will need to demonstrate that you can satisfy the Role Specific Qualifications, and that you have the necessary attributes to take on this role.

People Values:

How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:
  • Complex problem-solving
  • The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.
Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.

Creativity

You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.

People management

You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.

Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.

Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.

Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.

Negotiation

You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.

Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.

Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.

Role Specific Qualifications:

Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of CILEX entitled to practice in England and Wales.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
 
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
 
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

Contact details for an informal discussion: Jade Monroe, Chief Solicitor Social Care on 0208 7532695 or via email at JADE.MONROE@LBHF.GOV.UK

Closing date: 03 July 2022

For more information and to apply, please click on the Enquire/Apply button below.
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London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
West London, London (Greater), United Kingdom

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Senior Social Care Solicitor

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Job ID:

21619

Practice Area(s):

Children's Services

Location:

West London, London (Greater) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

06.06.2022

Employer type:

Local Authority
col-wide   

Job Description:

£46,392 - £49,428

Home working and 3 Shortlands, London, W6 8DA (Hybrid working)

At Hammersmith & Fulham, we are ambitious in reforming the council to ensure this is a place for everybody. Within the Finance & Governance department, our ambition is to be 'ruthlessly financially efficient' in everything that we do, to ensure that our residents and services are receiving the best value for money whilst challenging old-fashioned thinking, unfairness and removing waste where possible.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Legal Services is looking to recruit an enthusiastic England and Wales qualified solicitor or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to provide clear and balanced Social Care advice.  

You will be able to hold a caseload which covers all aspects of social care law. Predominantly the role is to advise Children Services in relation to various child protection matters. You will hold a mixed caseload of care proceedings, pre- proceedings and miscellaneous matters such as designation of authority, secure accommodation, age assessment judicial reviews and deprivation of liberty authorisations etc. The team also provides Education and Adult Social Care advice and so the successful candidate will also develop their career within these areas whilst having the opportunity to undertake some advocacy.

You will be required to attend meetings with the client departments and undertake technical and complex research. You will have excellent time management skills as you will need to manage your own workloads and juggle competing demands and deadlines. You must be an excellent team player who can thrive working in an experienced, friendly and supportive team which develops and values its staff.

You will have a positive and willing attitude, commercial outlook and will look for innovative and collaborative ways to deliver a client-focused service which adds value for our clients and taxpayers.

This is a 36 hour per week permanent role. As the Service works in a flexible and agile fashion, applicants do not necessarily need to be based in London. Hybrid working at our Hammersmith offices and Court attendance for In-Person hearings in Central London will occasionally be necessary. This post is a career grade and the full Job Role is set out below.  

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Role Responsibilities:
  • To conduct proceedings in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court, High Court, Crown Court and Magistrate Court or any other Tribunal and comply with applicable time limits. The post holder’s case load may include high profile, politically sensitive and financially weighted cases.
  • To deal with all types of public law children and adult matters and to report to, liaise with and assist the Chief Solicitor Social Care and the Borough Solicitor as necessary.
  • To advise on SEN cases and other education matters.
  • To prepare and process all matters relevant to child protection cases before any court, inquiry or tribunal, including the evaluation of evidence, drafting applications and statements and having general conduct of all matters.
  • To appear as the Council’s advocate in Courts, Tribunals, Inquiries or other hearings as appropriate.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

Applicants are invited to submit C.V.s and a supporting statement which will need to demonstrate that you can satisfy the Role Specific Qualifications, and that you have the necessary attributes to take on this role.

People Values:

How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:
  • Complex problem-solving
  • The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.
Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.

Creativity

You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.

People management

You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.

Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.

Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.

Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.

Negotiation

You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.

Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.

Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.

Role Specific Qualifications:

Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of CILEX entitled to practice in England and Wales.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
 
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
 
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

Contact details for an informal discussion: Jade Monroe, Chief Solicitor Social Care on 0208 7532695 or via email at JADE.MONROE@LBHF.GOV.UK

Closing date: 03 July 2022

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