Advocate – Social Care & Education

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Advocate - Social Care & Education
MORDEN, London
Interim Position

Merton 5246174

Posted: 11th March 2024 09:47
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £43.63 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday to Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 7-8 months

  • MORDEN, London,

    SM4 5DX

What's involved with this role:

Interim Advocate - Social Care & Education

Reference no: Merton 5246174

Pay rate: Up to £43.63 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 35 Monday to Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 7-8 months

City: MORDEN, London

An Advocate is required to work in the Social Care & Education Team dealing with Childcare hearing cases. A good knowledge and experience of advocacy and attending hearings on behalf of the SLLP is required.  The advocate will be required to attend up to 5 day court hearings at the London Family Courts.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the provision of advocacy in complex contested child care proceedings, including representation at short notice in emergency hearings, ensuring that work is reflective of best practice, is of a high professional standard and is cost effective.
  • Develop and obtain knowledge in Special Education Needs Tribunals and Adult Social Care and be responsible for the provision of advocacy if appropriate.
  • Enter complex negotiations, provide innovative, creative advice to clients in a pressurised environment.
  • Prepare and process the more complex and sensitive documents relevant to care proceedings before all levels of court, including the evaluation of evidence and to provide advice and guidance in respect of complex areas of law and practice to other team members and client departments as appropriate.
  • Advise on the Department’s statutory duties and powers relating to children including dealing with: Judicial review claims, access to records and Data Protection, immigration issues, complaints issues and procedures, criminal injuries compensation and child protection.
  • Advise on complex policies and procedures relating to the Councils’ child care functions.
  • Support the Practice Lead and Team Manager, Social Care and Education in maintaining liaison with senior managers in the client departments.
  • Act as a liaison with the local judiciary and family justices (magistrates) in relation to local practice and changes in policy/procedure.


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


  • Qualified barrister or Solicitor with higher rights of audience.


Experience & Knowledge:

  • A good knowledge and experience of advocacy and attending hearings on behalf of the SLLP is required.
  • Experience and ability in working closely with other advocates and in a team to ensure service is delivered to the highest standard.
  • Significant experience of undertaking advocacy at all levels of court including higher court advocacy, including contested hearings requiring the cross examination of witnesses in court.
  • Specialist knowledge of English law and practice in relation to child protection and adoption. An ability to acquire and maintain knowledge in relation to community care and education.
  • Awareness of current issues relevant to local authorities, ability to assist in delivering the Council’s corporate objectives and to operate effectively within a corporate context.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Highly developed negotiating and listening skills with various groups of people and in a variety of different settings, including some of which may potentially end in conflict.
  • Excellent research and problem-solving skills with ability to convey complex legal and factual issues to various audiences.
  • Excellent research and IT skills including the ability to use a case management system.
  • Excellent customer care skills.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Good numeracy and analytical skills.
  • Ability to use expert legal opinion to provide practical and innovative solutions to complex legal, contractual and service delivery issues.
  • Ability to travel to client offices and courts wherever the client’s case is being considered.
  • Able to work outside of normal office hours and at various locations within and outside the Borough as required by the needs of the service.


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Advocate - Social Care & Education
Client Category: Local Authority

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