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Legal Adviser (Employment Law)

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Job ID:

5676

Practice Area(s):

Employment, Litigation/Prosecutions

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

12.06.2018

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

HCC996
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Job Description:

Salary Range: £31,479 - £35,430 per annum

Work Location: The Castle, Winchester

We are looking for a qualified lawyer with experience in Employment Law to become a member of the employment 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.

You will be required to work individually and as part of a team to deliver services to client departments and external clients in relation to employment law issues. You will have experience in advising clients on a full range of employment law issues such as TUPE, discrimination legislation and unfair dismissal as well as litigating such cases in the Employment Tribunal. Your role will involve delivering tailored advice to tight deadlines and management of a litigation caseload as well as assisting in the design and delivery of training courses for clients.

This role offers an opportunity to work at the heart of Local Government, and to contribute towards the vision for Hampshire County Council's future. You will join a team of 5 specialist employment lawyers and the complex and varied high-quality work on offer is second to none.

Working within a supportive, collegiate team atmosphere, you will deliver advice and litigation services to not only Hampshire County Council but also to its diverse range of public sector partner organisations, on issues and cases that often have National impact. Your close involvement in project work will directly benefit the people of Hampshire and grow your skills considerably. We offer a healthy employment package, including a competitive salary, annual leave entitlement, local government pension, flexible working opportunities and employee loans for travel costs, amongst our many other benefits.

To learn more about the HLS team, visit the below link:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshirelegalservices.htm

Job Purpose:

To work both individually and as a key member of a team delivering legal services to client departments and external clients in relation to employment law and legal issues for contentious and non-contentious matters.

Role Responsibilities:

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

•    Conducting negotiations on behalf of the County Council in connection with contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.
•    Considering methods of dispute resolution including formal litigation, arbitration, mediation, early conciliation and informal resolution to effect best outcome for client.

Advocacy and Oral skills

•    To act as advocate for the County Council and other clients in actions brought by and against them including appearing before Employment Tribunals, Judges in interim hearings and presenting Council’s case against claimants and their legal representatives.

Interviewing and Investigating

•    Impartial gathering and evaluation of evidence to seek to determine the County Council’s liability to include; Site visits – interviewing clients and witnesses.
•    Examination and gathering relevant documentation.
•    Interviewing potential witnesses and drafting witness statements to conform with; Employment Tribunal Rules and Procedure, Civil Procedure Rules; Liaison with other agencies (such as Coroner, Police, independent experts, etc.)

Research and Advice

•    Carrying out legal research covering a range of documents and sources including legislation and case-law.
•    Monitoring and evaluating case-law, legal developments and legislation.
•    Considering implications and researching the value of a claim to enable provision of appropriate and relevant advice.
•    By telephone, face-to-face, conducting or attending meetings; by report, by e mail to all levels – both internal and external clients to ensure that all relevant parties are kept informed and appropriate information disseminated and discussed in the best interests of the case.

Drafting

•    Legal documents such as reports, simple agreements, court and tribunal pleadings, witness statements, court and consent orders are to a high professional standard in order to ensure legal documents are enforceable to protect interests of the County Council and to secure the best outcome of a case.

Case Management

•    Conducting a caseload of employment tribunal claims and other contentious and non-contentious matters to a consistently high standard, and within stringent time limits set by the Employment Tribunal rules of procedure and Civil Procedure Rules.
•    Determining liability and value of a case in accordance with legal principles.
•    Continually monitoring and reviewing evidence and law.
•    Continually monitoring liability and assessing risks in relation to the case.
•    Regularly up-dating clients in writing and by telephone.
•    Liaison with Courts, Counsel and other external agencies.
•    Instructing Counsel and experts when required.

The role dimensions - financial and non-financial

•    This role has a financial element (in terms of giving advice which may lead to costs being incurred by the authority and/or clients) of committing resources in excess of £100,000 but usually less than £500,000.

Role Requirements:

•    Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives or equivalent qualification.
•    Good knowledge and recent experience of providing legal advice on employment Law.
•    The ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
•    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 as part of a team and contribute towards overall practice development.
•    Able to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment.
•    Good advocacy skills / previous experience of conducting cases at court, tribunals, public inquiries.
•    Practical knowledge of IT systems and packages.

Working Conditions:

•    Manual Handling: Lifting and moving objects up to 5kg (daily requirement).
•    Display Screen Equipment: both Desktop and Laptop PC.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Tiffany Nestour, Legal Team Leader on 01962 845575

Closing date: 26 June 2018

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

Hampshire County 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.
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Hampshire County Council
Hampshire, South-East (exc London), United Kingdom

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Hampshire, South-East (exc London), United Kingdom
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Legal Adviser (Employment Law)

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Job ID:

5676

Practice Area(s):

Employment, Litigation/Prosecutions

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

12.06.2018

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

HCC996
col-wide   

Job Description:

Salary Range: £31,479 - £35,430 per annum

Work Location: The Castle, Winchester

We are looking for a qualified lawyer with experience in Employment Law to become a member of the employment 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.

You will be required to work individually and as part of a team to deliver services to client departments and external clients in relation to employment law issues. You will have experience in advising clients on a full range of employment law issues such as TUPE, discrimination legislation and unfair dismissal as well as litigating such cases in the Employment Tribunal. Your role will involve delivering tailored advice to tight deadlines and management of a litigation caseload as well as assisting in the design and delivery of training courses for clients.

This role offers an opportunity to work at the heart of Local Government, and to contribute towards the vision for Hampshire County Council's future. You will join a team of 5 specialist employment lawyers and the complex and varied high-quality work on offer is second to none.

Working within a supportive, collegiate team atmosphere, you will deliver advice and litigation services to not only Hampshire County Council but also to its diverse range of public sector partner organisations, on issues and cases that often have National impact. Your close involvement in project work will directly benefit the people of Hampshire and grow your skills considerably. We offer a healthy employment package, including a competitive salary, annual leave entitlement, local government pension, flexible working opportunities and employee loans for travel costs, amongst our many other benefits.

To learn more about the HLS team, visit the below link:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshirelegalservices.htm

Job Purpose:

To work both individually and as a key member of a team delivering legal services to client departments and external clients in relation to employment law and legal issues for contentious and non-contentious matters.

Role Responsibilities:

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

•    Conducting negotiations on behalf of the County Council in connection with contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.
•    Considering methods of dispute resolution including formal litigation, arbitration, mediation, early conciliation and informal resolution to effect best outcome for client.

Advocacy and Oral skills

•    To act as advocate for the County Council and other clients in actions brought by and against them including appearing before Employment Tribunals, Judges in interim hearings and presenting Council’s case against claimants and their legal representatives.

Interviewing and Investigating

•    Impartial gathering and evaluation of evidence to seek to determine the County Council’s liability to include; Site visits – interviewing clients and witnesses.
•    Examination and gathering relevant documentation.
•    Interviewing potential witnesses and drafting witness statements to conform with; Employment Tribunal Rules and Procedure, Civil Procedure Rules; Liaison with other agencies (such as Coroner, Police, independent experts, etc.)

Research and Advice

•    Carrying out legal research covering a range of documents and sources including legislation and case-law.
•    Monitoring and evaluating case-law, legal developments and legislation.
•    Considering implications and researching the value of a claim to enable provision of appropriate and relevant advice.
•    By telephone, face-to-face, conducting or attending meetings; by report, by e mail to all levels – both internal and external clients to ensure that all relevant parties are kept informed and appropriate information disseminated and discussed in the best interests of the case.

Drafting

•    Legal documents such as reports, simple agreements, court and tribunal pleadings, witness statements, court and consent orders are to a high professional standard in order to ensure legal documents are enforceable to protect interests of the County Council and to secure the best outcome of a case.

Case Management

•    Conducting a caseload of employment tribunal claims and other contentious and non-contentious matters to a consistently high standard, and within stringent time limits set by the Employment Tribunal rules of procedure and Civil Procedure Rules.
•    Determining liability and value of a case in accordance with legal principles.
•    Continually monitoring and reviewing evidence and law.
•    Continually monitoring liability and assessing risks in relation to the case.
•    Regularly up-dating clients in writing and by telephone.
•    Liaison with Courts, Counsel and other external agencies.
•    Instructing Counsel and experts when required.

The role dimensions - financial and non-financial

•    This role has a financial element (in terms of giving advice which may lead to costs being incurred by the authority and/or clients) of committing resources in excess of £100,000 but usually less than £500,000.

Role Requirements:

•    Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives or equivalent qualification.
•    Good knowledge and recent experience of providing legal advice on employment Law.
•    The ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
•    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 as part of a team and contribute towards overall practice development.
•    Able to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment.
•    Good advocacy skills / previous experience of conducting cases at court, tribunals, public inquiries.
•    Practical knowledge of IT systems and packages.

Working Conditions:

•    Manual Handling: Lifting and moving objects up to 5kg (daily requirement).
•    Display Screen Equipment: both Desktop and Laptop PC.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Tiffany Nestour, Legal Team Leader on 01962 845575

Closing date: 26 June 2018

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

Hampshire County 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.