Social Services Lawyer – Legal Services

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Social Services Lawyer – Legal Services
Interim Position

Stockport 0008 DA8F / 1

Posted: 14th May 2024 15:52
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £23.13 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Social Services Lawyer – Legal Services

Reference no:  Stockport 0008 DA8F / 1

Pay rate: Up to £23.13 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months  


Hybrid working

Standard DBS required for this role

A Social Services Lawyer is required to provide the People Directorate with high quality advice and assistance to enable the Council to deliver its statutory duties in respect of children. Handle the majority of active casework in respect of child protection cases; includes advocacy in courts and tribunals. To provide high quality legal advice and assistance with specialist experience within child protection and public law proceedings, including adoption. This post will support Children's Social Care to meet its statutory obligations in relation to safeguarding children. To ensure that the Council manages its resources effectively, delivering value for money, exploiting opportunities to drive out inefficiencies and generating income where appropriate.

Key responsibilities:

  • Advise the Council, through its officers, directorate and committees, on legal matters primarily, but not exclusively, relating to child protection and public law proceedings including adoption. Representing the Council in public law proceedings in the Family Proceedings Court and County Court and attendance at meetings as required.
  • Advocacy, personally and through Counsel, at Court, Tribunals and elsewhere.
  • Draft and settle legal documentation.
  • Assist and cover for other team members as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with and fulfilment of the postholder’s professional obligations (training, conduct, etc.) as a legal practitioner.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the relevant law and advise the team of any implications for their work.
  • Undertake such other legal and administrative work as may be allocated, including assisting other teams as necessary.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient implementation of Council policies and the achievement of Council objectives, including financial ones.
  • Present and participate in training to the Children's Social Care team (internal clients).
  • Assist as required in Performance Reviews of Legal Services to ensure that legal services are delivered efficiently and cost effectively.


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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Barrister, Solicitor or CIlex equivalent and PQE in the area of the post.



  • Post qualified experience in both children's and adults services.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing or supervising a team within a legal department, in a local authority (preferred).
  • Significant experience of handling and prioritising a personal caseload of legal matters/cases with excellent knowledge in this area of law.
  • Rights of advocacy in Magistrates Court/ County Court/ Tribunals and experience of conducting proceedings.
  • Experience of managing at a senior level in a large, complex organisation in line with the areas of functional responsibility.



  • Extensive knowledge of law, legislation and application relevant to area of specialism.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - you will be able to communicate effectively up to senior levels right across the business using all mediums.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to guide, motivate and develop your team.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • Ability to constructively challenge staff on legal and performance matters.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines including court deadlines and timetables.


***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.



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Job Ref: Stockport 0008 DA8F / 1
Social Services Lawyer – Legal Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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