LEGAL OFFICER

  • Location
    Lewes, East Sussex
  • Salary
    £11.25/Hour
  • Category
    Office and Secretarial - Administrator
  • Job type
    Temporary
  • Industry
    Public Sector
  • External Reference
    JN-012019-45308

JOB TITLE: LEGAL OFFICER


CLIENT: A Local authority within East Sussex
LOCATION: Lewes, East Sussex
PAY RATE: £11.25 per hour PAYE
START DATE: ASAP
DURATION: 3 months



MAIN TASKS



  1. To support and assist fee earners in the preparation and conduct of a full range of routine and complex case work and to provide support in relation to the provision of legal advice.

  2. To carry a caseload with the minimum of supervision.

  3. To provide a high quality legal service to client departments to enable them to implement decisions within the law and to protect the County Council against prosecution and challenge.



KEY TASKS



  1. To contribute effectively to the arrangement for providing legal and administrative support to the lawyers working in the team. Including taking conduct of cases (under the supervision of a lawyer).

  2. To ensure that the Senior Solicitor or any other lawyers working within the department (where appropriate) are at all times adequately informed of matters being dealt with by the post-holder and to assist as required with arrangements for monitoring the progress of the work.

  3. To act upon instructions to carry out the objectives of client departments, utilising the post-holders skills, expertise and knowledge to full and lawful effect.

  4. To advise client departments of legal and other consequences of proposed courses of action, so as to enable them to give or modify instructions effectively.

  5. To undertake casework as required; particular areas of law may be assigned to the post but it is essential that the post holder should be able and willing to carry out a variety of legal work.

  6. To participate in the appraisal process currently in place and to participate in training and development activities identified as a result of that process.

  7. To be aware of and adhere to the County Council's health and safety policies, procedures and to adhere to the County Council's commitment to equal opportunities.

  8. To undertake available training opportunities and show a commitment to continuous development, to maximise your potential and ensure the efficient and effective delivery of County Council services.

  9. To participate in the development of quality systems for Legal Services and in particular the retention of accreditation under Investors in People and the Law Society's Practice Management Standards (Lexcel).

  10. To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grading of the post as deemed necessary by the Senior Solicitor.



Key Skills & Abilities



  • The ability to provide prompt and accurate legal advice

  • The ability to analyse facts, research law and apply it

  • Ability to prioritise work according to importance and urgency

  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse range of people and organisations both orally and in writing

  • Negotiating skills

  • Drafting skills

  • Organised and methodical approach to work.

  • Good understanding of Local Government practice and procedure.



Knowledge



  • Knowledge of litigation law and practice

  • Good IT skills

  • Knowledge of democratic and political aspects of local government



Experience



  • Ability to demonstrate experience of conducting own caseload within defined areas of legal practice.

  • Recent local government experience.

  • Experience of working in the field of litigation law in a local authority or private practice.

  • Experience of working to Lexcel quality standards.



Personal Attributes



  • Flexible approach to working within the team or on own initiative as required.

  • Ability to set and receive priorities, and meet deadlines

  • Be able to work effectively under pressure and deal with unforeseen and urgent demands.

  • Aptitude and willingness to embrace new areas of law and technology and to develop specialist skills

  • Commitment to providing good customer service.

  • Awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing local government



*only successful candidates will be contacted*











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Please apply with your CV to: Callum Graham