To actively support the management of the department.
To provide high level and proactive expert legal advice to the Council, its members and
officers and to be a point of contact for members and senior officers on all legal matters.
To attend court or tribunals or public inquiries as a Senior Advocate and in particular,
conduct high quality advocacy in the High Court, Family Court, Coroners Court, Crown
Court and Magistrate Court, including all hearings up to trial and appeals and including
Make a positive contribution to the delivery of the service, this will include working flexibly
and positively to achieve the objectives of the Council.
Assist in managing and leading staff to achieve high performance and effective operational
delivery, including developing and improving staff capability.
Assist in managing a customer focused service and the effective use of resources.
Ensure that the council’s overall vision, values and ethos are central to the requirements of
Support effective working relationships and act as an ambassador and senior advocate with
Keep up to date with developments in service delivery and best practice to ensure the
service performs effectively and to the highest standards.
To provide high level specialist and proactive legal advice to the Council, it’s
Cabinet, Committee members and senior officers and other external clients on all issues arising.
To advise on the Council's powers and it's decision making process and ensure the legality
of its decision making.
To consider and give advice on committee and other similar reports and to attend
To deal with corporate complaints and Member enquiries.
To provide high level input to the Council’s policies and help develop and implement the
Corporate Strategy and the performance framework alongside the Council’s policies
strategies and targets.
To deal with complex individual casework and conduct litigation arising in the area of
responsibility, undertaking advocacy as may be required.
Qualification as Solicitor, Barrister or Filex
Qualification of Higher Rights of Audience
Evidence of significant relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Full understanding of risk management in the context of corporate governance
Detailed knowledge of relevant area of law.
Detailed knowledge of circumstances currently affecting local authorities including the Family
Justice Review, Equalities Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
Experience of attending court as Senior advocate (Higher Rights of Audience) in the
Magistrates Court, Single Family Court and Crown Court, including all hearings up to trial.
A track record of achievement in conducting high level and complex casework, including high
Experience of dealing with complex cases in area of expertise.
Experience of providing advice to members of a Council/ Board Members on legal issues both
in public meetings, through presentation briefing reports etc.
Experience of contributing to corporate decision making and development of corporate policy