Legal Admin Assistant – Social Care

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Legal Admin Assistant – Social Care
Contract / Temporary

Darlington 6335414227387

Posted: 2nd March 2023 14:00
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  • Pay Rate:

    £13.17 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • Darlington,

    DL1 5QT

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Legal Admin Assistant – Social Care

Reference no:  Darlington 6335414227387

Pay Rate: £13.17 per hour PAYE 

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

The purpose of the role is to provide assistance and support to lawyers and managers in the conduct of Social Care (Children and Adults), Education, Employment and licensing casework in the delivery of legal services. Conduct routine legal work and assist members of staff with legal work, as assigned.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organising and carrying out legal tasks in one or more of the fields of social care, employment and education or any other function within the Council’s duties.
  • Deal with routine legal enquiries by way of telephone or correspondence.
  • Participate in the daily duty rota dealing with general queries and correspondence.
  • Carry out a range of legal duties as allocated, including issuing proceedings, drafting routine court documentation, obtaining hearing dates, writing letters, obtaining statements and affidavits, preparing bundles, witness templates, contacting experts, obtaining transcripts and police evidence, arranging service by post or personal service and arranging attendance at court, liaising with the parties concerned as appropriate.
  • Conduct all work in accordance with practice management standards laid down by the Law Society (Lexcel) and all other departmental and corporate performance standards in order to maintain a standard of excellence.
  • Undertake legal research and assist staff within legal services in respect of their work and ancillary duties as required.
  • Liaise with officers and managers in other departments, keeping them informed of progress of cases and taking any other appropriate measures to ensure continued client satisfaction.
  • Knowledge and experience of using IT systems including case management systems. To maximise the use and effectiveness of information technology systems.
  • Ensure that all duties are carried out with due regard and compliance with the provisions of health and safety legislation; the Council’s Equal Opportunities, Data Protection Act and Customer Care Policies including client confidentiality.
  • Undertake other temporary duties consistent with the overall purpose and duties of the post.
  • Assist the legal service to achieve the goals set out in its Business Plan including participating in projects to ensure the continuous improvement of the service.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Education to law degree level.
  2. Relevant vocational training i.e LPC, BVC, Ilex desirable.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of undertaking legal assistant role in connection with Children and Adult Safeguarding and associated matters.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of s7 Children Act 1989.
  5. Good organisational skills - able to plan and manage own time and workload effectively ensuring that deadlines and timescales are met while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail to deliver legal support on a number of concurrent tasks for more than one person at a time.
  6. Ability to work objectively, calmly and efficiently under pressure.
  7. Ability to contribute and to work well within the Legal Services’ Teams. Commitment to personal development and willingness to support the development and improvement of the Legal Service and to work flexibly adapting to a changing environment.
  8. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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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.

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:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Legal Admin Assistant – Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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