Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executive Children and Families Public Law

Job ID: JR02COVCFS1042024

Salary: £37000-£55000 per year

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Job Description:

• Manage a caseload of child protection maters
• Advocacy
• Produce accurate detailed work to ensure excellence in legal services
• Maintain files and ensure efficient case management of care matters
• Draft any documentation in accordance with efficient file management including correspondence, briefs, court documentation, full attendance notes and statements of evidence
• Time record in accordance with the Firm’s policy and prepare bills as necessary
• Attend to clients at court with counsel
• Mentor and support junior members of the department
• Undertake work necessary to build up maintain and manage a caseload
• Undertake any reasonable instructions made by the Directors or Heads of Departments within the limits of this job description
• Attend department meetings as required
• Be actively involved in marketing and business development activities

Key Duties:

  • At least three years’ experience working within a Care Department as a Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executive carrying a full caseload of care proceedings
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word and Outlook and good keyboard skills
  • Accredited member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel is essential
  • Have established a relationship with CAFCASS and other stakeholders
  • Ability to work within quality and case management systems (e.g. Lexcel and Tikit)
  • Dynamic in approach and uses initiative when dealing with clients or potential clients
  • A positive approach to customer service
  • A team player and flexible in approach
  • Ability to deal with sensitive situations and difficult clients in a professional, confidential manner
  • Sufficient knowledge of the legal process to understand the work being undertaken
  • Knowledge of the work of Children and Families Public Law Department and the relevant law
  • Experience of public funding procedures would be advantageous
  • Driving licence and use of own vehicle preferable but ability to travel between offices, courts and stakeholder office essential

Benefits:

  • A competitive salary with annual reviews
  • Flexible and hybrid working options
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Holiday buy and sell scheme (on successful completion of probationary period)
  • Office closure between Christmas and New Year (1 day of annual leave will be allocated to this)
  • 1pm finish on Christmas Eve when it falls on a normal working day
  • BUPA Health cash plan scheme (on successful completion of probationary period)
  • Employee assistance programme for both employees and their families
  • Death in service benefit (on successful completion of probationary period)
  • Access to online GP support (on successful completion of probationary period)
  • Bereavement and probate helpline and counselling service support for employees and their families (on successful completion of probationary period)
  • Career development opportunities
  • Reputation of a legal 500 firm, Lexcel accredited, disability confident, living wage employer
  • Enhanced company sick pay
  • Discounted legal fees including free Will
  • Long service awards
  • Charity and community activities
  • Easily commutable town centre office locations.

To Apply For This Role:

Email your CV and cover letter to admin@jamesrayrec.com