Associate Solicitor

46500.00 - 50000.00 GBP Annual + GBP46500 - GBP50000/annum
13 Jun 2017
11 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Associate Solicitor - Advocacy and Enforcement
Permanent Contract
Full time, 37 hours per week
Salary: from GBP46,500 to GBP50,000 pa
Location: Essex Legal Services, Seax House, Chelmsford

Interviews to be held week commencing 26th June

Essex Legal Services ("ELS") is the in-house legal service of Essex County Council, one of the largest local authorities in the country. Its innovative vision has led to ELS being at the forefront of developing shared legal services and proactively disseminating its expertise and experience with a wide range of public bodies.
Our Service has an extremely wide ranging client base and is committed to increasing and expanding our range of services. We have been accredited to the Lexcel standard for over a decade and work continuously to improve not only the service that we offer to our clients but also the opportunities we offer to those who work for us.

Job Purpose

To provide a legal service to the Advocacy and Enforcement team and external clients as necessary.

Key Accountabilities:
* Leading in the provision of legal advice and other legal services in relation to criminal litigation.
* To lead the criminal section of the Advocacy and Enforcement Team.
* To undertake advocacy for other sections of the legal team predominantly in either civil or childcare litigation.
* Taking a major role in the provision of a comprehensive legal service to the Council's directorates and external clients.
* Dealing with all work efficiently and cost effectively achieving the purposes of the customer in each case.
* Responsibility for the provision of legal advice
* Leading, or assisting (as appropriate) the Senior Management Team on specific projects associated with the functions of the Service.
* Assisting in the training and development of staff in Essex Legal Services by way of presenting training courses and assisting on training and development in more informal ways as and when necessary. This may also include delivery to external clients.
* Adopting a pro-active approach in the work, being accountable to the Senior Leadership Team of Essex Legal Services and making recommendations in relation to improvement in the practice and procedures of the Service.
* Undertaking such other specific work as may be allocated from time to time at the direction of senior managers.
* The postholder is required to comply with relevant professional rules of conduct at all times.
* The postholder is required to show a commitment to personal development through continuing professional development and annual performance competencies.
* The postholder is required to support and promote the values of the County Council through conduct at work and relationships with colleagues and clients.
* In the event of it being considered in the interests of the Service, it is open to the Director, Legal and Assurance to deploy the postholder to another legal team in the office so as to vary the duties of the post.

* This post is interchangeable with other solicitor/barrister posts.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* Qualified Solicitor or Barrister minimum 5 years PQE although exceptional candidates with the necessary experience will be considered
* Higher Court Rights preferred although exceptional candidates with the necessary experience will be considered
* To be an experienced criminal litigator able to see a case through from initial advice to representation in Court.
* In addition to criminal work, to have experience in either civil or childcare litigation.
* General local government law experience may be an advantage
* Travelling will be required, therefore a driving licence is essential.
* Some out of hours work may be required.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees. This includes:

* A Local Government pension scheme
* Interest free bus & rail season ticket loans, from GBP100 - GBP5,000 as well as pool bikes & a car sharing scheme
* Childcare voucher scheme
* Excellent opportunities for personal & professional development through our specialist L&D teams
* Extensive induction programmes
* At least 26 days' annual leave + 8 bank holiday days (rising to 29 days dependent on grade & length of service)
* Continued service benefits
* Staff discounts in gyms / travel agents / car sales / restaurants & days out

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us

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