Senior Legal Assistant – Housing

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Senior Legal Assistant - Housing
Interim Position

Ealing 7730-1

Posted: 16th May 2024 15:55
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.51 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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Interim Senior Legal Assistant - Housing

Reference no: Ealing 7730-1

Pay Rate: £21.51 per hour PAYE

35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3 months


Basic DBS disclosure required

Hybrid – in person attendance required at least fortnightly, this role will require frequent in person court attendance in addition. 

Issue possession proceedings in respect of premises provided as temporary accommodation and premises occupied by unauthorised occupiers following termination of a secure tenancy.

Have conduct of defended and undefended matters and to represent the Council unsupervised before the Court, including on applications to suspend warrants or set aside orders. Provide legal advice, assistance and guidance to Officers in Landlord Services and Housing Demand (i.e. Income Services/Tenancy Management/Temporary Accommodation) on matters relating to the possession proceedings.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and conduct of cases from instruction to completion including drafting the claim form, particulars of claim and other relevant documents
  • Drafting all pleadings and other court documents necessary during the course of proceedings e.g. requests for and replies to requests for further information, lists of documents and disclosure. Once a judgement in proceedings is obtained, considering the facts and advising on the most appropriate method of enforcement
  • Conducting legal research
  • Producing management information reports using specialist reporting software where appropriate
  • Organising, analysing and interpreting statistical data using appropriate reporting tools
  • Manage casework to comply with time limits and meet deadlines to ensure that all matters are processed effectively and efficiently
  • Appearing unsupervised in the County Court before District Judges including on some routine contested cases and dealing with any points arising
  • Considering the evidence supplied by instructing officers and evaluate whether the evidence justifies the Council taking legal action. Checking the content of witness statements and obtaining further evidence as necessary to ensure a good case is presented. Ensuring that advocates and witnesses are fully appraised of the facts. 

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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

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.

**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.


  • Knowledge and understanding of law and procedure relating to housing litigation
  • Understanding of the issues involved in delivering services in a multi-racial and diverse community.
  • Understanding of the Council’s decision making processes


  • Experience of possession proceedings 
  • Advocacy experience  

Skills & Abilities:

  • Effective keyboard skills, basic knowledge of word and excel and ideally a possession claims online system
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to conduct legal proceedings including preparation of claim forms, particulars of claim, advising on evidence, handling disclosure
  • Ability to represent the Council in court as an advocate
  • Effective time management and the ability to work under pressure and as part of a team  


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Job Ref: Ealing 7730-1
Senior Legal Assistant - Housing
Client Category: Local Authority

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