Senior Lawyer – Children & Families Legal

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Senior Lawyer - Children & Families Legal
Interim Position

Manchester 0008 7C8E / 1

Posted: 7th February 2024 11:57
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £55.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 7-8 months


    M60 2LA

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Lawyer - Children & Families Legal

Reference no: Manchester 0008 7C8E / 1

Pay Rate: up to £55.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience

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

This opening assignment is for 7-8 months


Standard DBS disclosure required

Hybrid working

The purpose of the role is to provide effective advice and representation on complex legal work and projects of importance to Manchester and to the Councils and, where appropriate, to external bodies.

The role holder will actively contribute to the professional development of the service and will have a proactive and positive manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain excellent client relations acting as a role model to achieve service and council wide objectives.
  • Providing timely, high quality and accurate legal, tactical and strategic advice.
  • Use advanced analytical skills to interpret complex information to identify legal issues, risk and other implications for clients.
  • To communicate both verbally and in writing to a consistently high standard with the ability to translate and present complex legal advice in a way that can be clearly understood by a variety of audiences.
  • Where appropriate, to demonstrate exceptional advocacy skills achieving the best possible outcomes for the client.
  • Demonstrate exceptional negotiating and influencing skills to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.
  • To be solution focussed always looking positively for ways in which the clients desired outcomes can be achieved.
  • Research law and procedure to a high professional standard and keep ahead of legal developments.
  • Demonstrate highly competent legal drafting skills.
  • Deputise effectively when required in dealings with clients, legal management and legal matters.

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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.

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:

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.


  • A practising barrister, solicitor or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (if FCILEX, with Advocacy Certificate).


  • Extensive knowledge of the law relating to children and families.


  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  • Extensive recent experience of dealing with complex, high value and sensitive children and families matters.
  • Experience of local authority childcare work (desirable)

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent planning skills and ability to link strategy to policy which meets both internal and external requirements.
  • Skills Application of strong analytical reasoning skills and intellectual focus, taking in the wider external and internal environments. Proactively think through problems rather than reactively following a procedure-driven approach.
  • ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • Ability to react to immediate problems of a highly complex nature with associated risk factors and deliver pragmatic solutions sometimes under extreme pressure.


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Job Ref: Manchester 0008 7C8E / 1
Senior Lawyer - Children & Families Legal
Client Category: Local Authority

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Senior Lawyer - Children & Families Legal
Client Category: Local Authority

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