Senior Legal Officer – Children & Families

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Senior Legal Officer - Children & Families
Contract / Temporary

Manchester 0007 33F4 / 1

Posted: 15th March 2023 15:25
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  • Pay Rate:

    £25.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5 months

  • Manchester,

    M60 2LA

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Legal Officer - Children & Families

Reference no:  Manchester 0007 33F4 / 1

Pay Rate: £25.00 per hour PAYE TBC

This opening assignment is for 5 months

Standard DBS disclosure required for this role

Hybrid working available

Please note that the pay rate for this role is likely to be uplifted to reflect a higher than standard holiday allocation

The role holder will be able and committed to working in a flexible manner including outside normal office hours, when the role necessitates the same.

The purpose of the role is to provide efficient and high quality legal advice and representation for Manchester and Salford City Councils and where appropriate to external bodies working within a specific area of law.

The role holder will provide effective advice on complex and sensitive legal issues in a constructive and positive manner.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice to clients on relevant legal issues through knowledge of policies, practices and procedures, and ensure the effective management and maintenance of case files, in compliance with specific quality assurance requirements.
  • Negotiate and draft legal documentation, including briefs/instructions to in-house advocates and external counsel.
  • Conduct advocacy before the Courts, which may be contested, on behalf of the Council and external clients
  • Research law and procedure to a high professional standard and keep abreast of legal developments.
  • Assist and co-operate with other members of the team and other officers within Legal Services and provide cover as required. Comply with the Legal Services’ Manual of Practice Management Standards and Procedures.
  • Undertake such other legal duties commensurate with grade as are assigned to the post holder by the City Solicitor or the Head of Legal Services, demonstrating political sensitivity at all times.
  • Assist with the other work of the group as required and contribute to and assume a shared responsibility for the effective running and efficiency of the team
  • Comply with the Legal Services’ Manual of Practice Management Standards and Procedures
  • Able to effectively influence a range of stakeholders in order to achieve beneficial outcomes for the shared legal service.
  • Personal commitment to continuous self development and service improvement.
  • Through personal example, open commitment and clear action, ensure diversity is positively valued resulting in equal access and treatment in employment, service delivery and communications.


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



  1. CILEX Professional Diploma in Law (Level 3) or equivalent legal qualification.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience in children and family law is required.
  3. Ability to manage a complex range of functions and manage multiple priorities with confidence.
  4. Ability to maintain focus and objectivity under various conditions and skill in maintaining a multi priority workload, progresses a variety of ideas and plans concurrently. Evidences targets set by self and others to meet demanding timescales.
  5. Demonstrates the ability to identify and respond to risks to the achievement of operational objectives and strategic priorities and pressure.
  6. Skills to analyse a wide range of data and other sources of information, to break them down into component parts, patterns and relationships.
  7. 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.

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.

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. 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.
  5. 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.


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Job Ref: Manchester 0007 33F4 / 1
Senior Legal Officer - Children & Families
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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