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Senior Lawyer Adults and Related Litigation

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are offering a role for a qualified Lawyer in our in-house Legal Team to deal with Adult Social Care matters.

It’s an opportunity to look after a varied caseload of Adult Social Care matters and support a growing caseload of related litigation, including inquests, insurance, education and employment work.

This role would be suitable either for a Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow with experience in Adult Social Care. Applications from individuals who also demonstrate relevant experience in employment law will be welcomed.

Milton Keynes City Council Legal Services is a forward-thinking team with a focus on mentoring and personal development. Colleagues are expected to demonstrate proactivity, commercial mindedness, and an ability to empathise with the challenges faced by client teams.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of the city and its people, as well as enhancing your own legal career, please contact us to find out more.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Main Responsibility

  • Ensure the delivery of value for money services to high practice standards within a culture of continuous improvement
  • Provide legal advice to clients in a range of areas including Adult Social Care (predominantly), with the opportunity to develop a practice which includes Education, Employment, JR, Inquests and Insurance.
  • Drafting advice, documents and pleadings.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The successful candidate will be required to have knowledge and experience of Adult Social Care, including Court of Protection proceedings and all relevant legislation, and be able to work primarily without supervision.
  • Take responsibility for allocated cases from instruction through to completion, and supervision of the work of junior members of the team.
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of developments in law and government guidance that could impact upon the Council’s work.
  • Establish and maintain a deep understanding of the client’s business needs, build and maintain effective professional working relationships with clients, other stakeholders and relevant external organisations to ensure that the city council is best placed to achieve it's objectives.
  • Ensure effective use of the legal case management system.
  • Assist in supervising the advice and casework of junior members of the team, including Trainees and Paralegals as arranged with the Principal Lawyer. Through high quality service, advice and casework to support the Council in achieving its outcomes successfully.
  • A team player who is reliable, helpful, self-motivated and demonstrates a personal commitment to the Council’s Corporate Values.
  • Manage a caseload consisting primarily of Adult Social Care law matters ensuring that all work is both of a high quality and delivered in a timely manner. All work should be undertaken with the purpose of assisting the Council to achieve its business objectives and operate within the wider policy context.
  • Qualified Solicitor or Barrister (Supreme Court of England and Wales/English Bar) or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives or equivalent with experience in the relevant area of law.
  • Knowledge and experience of Adult Social Care, including Court of Protection proceedings and all relevant legislation.
  • Established knowledge of relevant local government law.
  • Should you be offered the role, as part of the pre-employment checks a Standard DBS check will be actioned for you, (unless you are on the DBS Update Service).

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.

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