Child Care Senior Principal Solicitor – Legal Services

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Child Care Senior Principal Solicitor – Legal Services
Ashton Under Lyne
Interim Position

Tameside 0008 DA31 / 1

Posted: 9th May 2024 13:09
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  • Pay Rate:

    £27.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Ashton Under Lyne,

    OL6 6DL

What's involved with this role:

Interim Child Care Senior Principal Solicitor – Legal Services

Job Ref: Tameside 0008 DA31 / 1

Pay Rate: £27.00 per hour PAYE

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

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 3 months

City: Ashton Under Lyne

Hybrid working

The purpose of the role is to provide professional legal advice, assistance and representation arising out of a range of local government functions, including personally undertaking legal casework, litigation and advocacy, and to undertake the duties of the post in a proactive, enabling manner so as to facilitate, within the law, the policy objectives of the Council and its effective governance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake and have personal responsibility for a mixed caseload of litigation and advice.
  • Undertake advocacy at all levels of Court/at Tribunals as appropriate, including the preparation and management of cases.
  • Provide a full range of professional legal advice and services to the Council and its committees on matters relating to local government and its partners, as directed from time to time.
  • Draft and settle legal documentation.
  • Ensure that Council officers and service departments are acting in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and Governance framework on matters within the post’s knowledge and control.
  • Ensure that a responsive and cost-effective service is provided to Council officers and service departments.
  • Carry out the service in accordance with the Council’s customer care, health and safety and equalities agendas.
  • Keep up to date with developments in local government and the law which are relevant to the post, to maintain the correct level of continuing professional development, and at all times act in accordance with the Solicitors Code of Conduct.
  • Use appropriately the information and communications technology of Legal Services when carrying out work.
  • Present training courses and services to staff in Legal Services and other departments and members of the Council as required and to advise the team and internal services of any implications for their work.
  • Continually review, develop and improve systems, processes and services in support of the Council’s pursuit of continuous improvement and best value.
  • Maintain and follow appropriate office procedures and to provide relevant statistical and management information as may from time to time be required.
  • Support, cover for and supervise other staff, as may be appropriate, to participate in development appraisal reviews and identification of training needs and generally to make an effective contribution to the management and operation of Tameside Legal Services.
  • Undertake such other duties within Legal Services as from time to time may be required which are commensurate with the grading and general character of the post.


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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.

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

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.



  1. Qualified Solicitor or Barrister.
  2. Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role or context and ideally within a public sector.
  2. Experience in Local Government/Child Care/Adult Care/Education/Prosecutions/Civil Litigation/ Licensing law.
  3. Experience of advocacy before Courts/Tribunals/Inquiries.
  4. Experience of litigation procedures.
  5. Strong ICT skills across all Microsoft products particularly Word, Excel, Teams and PowerPoint.






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Job Ref: Tameside 0008 DA31 / 1
Child Care Senior Principal Solicitor – Legal Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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