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Trainee Solicitor

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Job ID:

21926

Practice Area(s):

Litigation, Procurement/Contracts

Location:

Berkshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Trainee Solicitor
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Employment Type:

Fixed-Term Contract Full-Time

Posted:

29.06.2022

Employer type:

Local Authority
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Job Description:

Starting Salary: £25,419 per annum

WBC Legal Services is a close-knit and fast-growing dynamic legal team which provides a full range of legal advice to Council services.

We are looking for talented graduates to join us for a 2-year training contract commencing in or around September 2022 where you will be trained and supervised in the core skills of advocacy, drafting, negotiating, research, interviewing and advising. 

You will spend the majority of your time assigned to one of our teams (details below) with the last 6 months spent if possible, in an area of your choice. Here at West Berkshire, we all about developing and supporting our staff and many of us have undertaken additional qualifications in management and leadership. We also like to ‘grow our own’ and where at all possible, will offer opportunities to remain with the Council as a qualified lawyer after completion of your contract.

It really is the case that in Local Authority work, no two days are ever the same so we can definitely promise variety, lots of hands on experience, a chance to make a positive difference and a friendly welcome.  Local Government will be seeing some big changes to legislation over the next few years - this is your chance to be part of it!

Planning and Governance Team – Principal Lawyer, Sharon Armour

The Planning & Governance Team provides advice on member interests, planning, rights of way, highways and data protection. The caseload is both interesting and wide-ranging covering both contentious and non-contentious work. The Council’s information management work (FoI/subject access requests/complaints) also sits within this team. The team regularly provide advice to members and officers in a public forum (mainly planning committees) as well as providing routine advice. 

Sharon trained and qualified as a Solicitor in private practice before moving into Local Government when she had 4 years PQE. She has now been at the Council for 14 years and is also the Council’s Data Protection Officer. Currently, the team consists of one other solicitor, who also qualified as a solicitor in private practice, and has been at the Council for 5 years; one Principal Policy Officer who has worked for the Council for 26 years and one Legal Administrator who has been part of the Team for 1 year. A further solicitor is due to join the team in September 2022.
Contracts, Property and Procurement Team – Principal Lawyer, Claire Say.

The Contracts, Property & Procurement Team carries a varied caseload covering the full spectrum of Contracts, Property and Procurement advice and support for all Services within the Council as well as its Schools. There is a huge variety of work which ranges from reviewing a framework agreement to assess suitability of use, drafting contract terms for a multi-million pound procurement, advising on the Council’s property portfolio and arising day to day matters to drafting Commercial Property documents including sale contracts, leases and deeds of easement.

Claire trained and qualified as a Solicitor in Private Practice specialising in Employment Law. She has spent time working as a Conciliator for ACAS before joining WBC and broadening her experience to undertake Contracts and Procurement work. Currently, the team consists of two Solicitors (one with an in-house background in Copyright and IP/IT and one with a Local Authority background in Property), one Chartered Legal Executive who specialises in complex property matters and one Property Paralegal. The team provide training to client departments and also represent on a number of Council-wide groups, for example, the Culture and Leisure Programme Board, the Solar Board and the Devolution Working Group as well as other specific project-related groups.

Regulatory and Litigation Team – Principal Lawyer, Beth Varcoe

The Regulatory and Litigation Team is a small but welcoming team with a strong team ethos dealing with a broad range of areas which includes property, highways, commons registration, criminal prosecutions, licensing and civil litigation (predominantly debt work). The work is interesting and involves dealing with matters which affect peoples’ lives. The litigation work is fast-paced and is a lively mix of both Crown and Magistrates court work so you will gain an opportunity to use your advocacy skills whilst in this area. 

Beth has worked in local government for around 10 years and also worked previously as an external solicitor for the Department for Work and Pensions undertaking benefit fraud prosecutions. As well as Beth, the team currently consists of one other lawyer (currently filled by a locum solicitor but permanent recruitment is in progress), a highly experienced Chartered Legal Executive who also specialises in property matters and one Litigation Paralegal who recently passed her Bar exams.

People Team – Principal Lawyer, Holly Whitwham

The People Team carries an interesting caseload covering Adult Social Care, Inquests, Education, Children and Family Services and Housing, advising front-line services supporting our more vulnerable members of the community. Holly trained and qualified as a Solicitor in Local Government working for a number of London authorities before joining WBC and is also a member of a neighbouring safeguarding partnership board.

Currently, the team consists of one other solicitor – who originally joined the team as a work experience placement and then later trained as a Solicitor with the Council – and one Legal Administrator who has been part of the WBC Team for 12 years. The team regularly provide training to client departments and also represent on a number of Council wide groups for example - Workforce Board, the Health and Safety Group and the Modernising Adult Social Care Board.

We offer excellent employment support and benefits such as flexible working, a range of local discounts, dedicated wellbeing and counselling services for employees, a staff led Equality Forum, an emphasis on work-life balance and even our very own Council cricket team! You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days per annum (plus bank holidays) and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Initial interviews will likely involve a mix of group and individual workgroups at Shaw House, our beautiful Grade II listed Tudor building in Newbury.

For an informal discussion, please contact Shiraz Sheikh, Service Lead - Legal & Democratic Services on 01635 519456 or Leigh Hogan, Legal Services Manager on 01635 519626.

These roles are fixed term for 2 years - Time-limited project

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment and positively encourages applications from people in underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities or from a minority ethnic group.

Closing date: 12 August 2022

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

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Trainee Solicitor

col-narrow-left   

Job ID:

21926

Practice Area(s):

Litigation, Procurement/Contracts

Location:

Berkshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Trainee Solicitor
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Fixed-Term Contract Full-Time

Posted:

29.06.2022

Employer type:

Local Authority
col-wide   

Job Description:

Starting Salary: £25,419 per annum

WBC Legal Services is a close-knit and fast-growing dynamic legal team which provides a full range of legal advice to Council services.

We are looking for talented graduates to join us for a 2-year training contract commencing in or around September 2022 where you will be trained and supervised in the core skills of advocacy, drafting, negotiating, research, interviewing and advising. 

You will spend the majority of your time assigned to one of our teams (details below) with the last 6 months spent if possible, in an area of your choice. Here at West Berkshire, we all about developing and supporting our staff and many of us have undertaken additional qualifications in management and leadership. We also like to ‘grow our own’ and where at all possible, will offer opportunities to remain with the Council as a qualified lawyer after completion of your contract.

It really is the case that in Local Authority work, no two days are ever the same so we can definitely promise variety, lots of hands on experience, a chance to make a positive difference and a friendly welcome.  Local Government will be seeing some big changes to legislation over the next few years - this is your chance to be part of it!

Planning and Governance Team – Principal Lawyer, Sharon Armour

The Planning & Governance Team provides advice on member interests, planning, rights of way, highways and data protection. The caseload is both interesting and wide-ranging covering both contentious and non-contentious work. The Council’s information management work (FoI/subject access requests/complaints) also sits within this team. The team regularly provide advice to members and officers in a public forum (mainly planning committees) as well as providing routine advice. 

Sharon trained and qualified as a Solicitor in private practice before moving into Local Government when she had 4 years PQE. She has now been at the Council for 14 years and is also the Council’s Data Protection Officer. Currently, the team consists of one other solicitor, who also qualified as a solicitor in private practice, and has been at the Council for 5 years; one Principal Policy Officer who has worked for the Council for 26 years and one Legal Administrator who has been part of the Team for 1 year. A further solicitor is due to join the team in September 2022.
Contracts, Property and Procurement Team – Principal Lawyer, Claire Say.

The Contracts, Property & Procurement Team carries a varied caseload covering the full spectrum of Contracts, Property and Procurement advice and support for all Services within the Council as well as its Schools. There is a huge variety of work which ranges from reviewing a framework agreement to assess suitability of use, drafting contract terms for a multi-million pound procurement, advising on the Council’s property portfolio and arising day to day matters to drafting Commercial Property documents including sale contracts, leases and deeds of easement.

Claire trained and qualified as a Solicitor in Private Practice specialising in Employment Law. She has spent time working as a Conciliator for ACAS before joining WBC and broadening her experience to undertake Contracts and Procurement work. Currently, the team consists of two Solicitors (one with an in-house background in Copyright and IP/IT and one with a Local Authority background in Property), one Chartered Legal Executive who specialises in complex property matters and one Property Paralegal. The team provide training to client departments and also represent on a number of Council-wide groups, for example, the Culture and Leisure Programme Board, the Solar Board and the Devolution Working Group as well as other specific project-related groups.

Regulatory and Litigation Team – Principal Lawyer, Beth Varcoe

The Regulatory and Litigation Team is a small but welcoming team with a strong team ethos dealing with a broad range of areas which includes property, highways, commons registration, criminal prosecutions, licensing and civil litigation (predominantly debt work). The work is interesting and involves dealing with matters which affect peoples’ lives. The litigation work is fast-paced and is a lively mix of both Crown and Magistrates court work so you will gain an opportunity to use your advocacy skills whilst in this area. 

Beth has worked in local government for around 10 years and also worked previously as an external solicitor for the Department for Work and Pensions undertaking benefit fraud prosecutions. As well as Beth, the team currently consists of one other lawyer (currently filled by a locum solicitor but permanent recruitment is in progress), a highly experienced Chartered Legal Executive who also specialises in property matters and one Litigation Paralegal who recently passed her Bar exams.

People Team – Principal Lawyer, Holly Whitwham

The People Team carries an interesting caseload covering Adult Social Care, Inquests, Education, Children and Family Services and Housing, advising front-line services supporting our more vulnerable members of the community. Holly trained and qualified as a Solicitor in Local Government working for a number of London authorities before joining WBC and is also a member of a neighbouring safeguarding partnership board.

Currently, the team consists of one other solicitor – who originally joined the team as a work experience placement and then later trained as a Solicitor with the Council – and one Legal Administrator who has been part of the WBC Team for 12 years. The team regularly provide training to client departments and also represent on a number of Council wide groups for example - Workforce Board, the Health and Safety Group and the Modernising Adult Social Care Board.

We offer excellent employment support and benefits such as flexible working, a range of local discounts, dedicated wellbeing and counselling services for employees, a staff led Equality Forum, an emphasis on work-life balance and even our very own Council cricket team! You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days per annum (plus bank holidays) and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Initial interviews will likely involve a mix of group and individual workgroups at Shaw House, our beautiful Grade II listed Tudor building in Newbury.

For an informal discussion, please contact Shiraz Sheikh, Service Lead - Legal & Democratic Services on 01635 519456 or Leigh Hogan, Legal Services Manager on 01635 519626.

These roles are fixed term for 2 years - Time-limited project

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment and positively encourages applications from people in underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities or from a minority ethnic group.

Closing date: 12 August 2022

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