Temporary Legal Assistant – Childcare

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Temporary Legal Assistant - Childcare
Contract / Temporary
Merton 5145939
Posted: 3rd September 2020 09:04
  • Pay Rate: £15.98 per hour PAYE
  • Hours per Week: 35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
  • This opening assignment is for 3 months
What's involved with this role:

This role is for an Experience Social Care and Litigation Childcare Legal Assistant with Local authority experience.

To provide operational legal advice and assistance on at least one of the following:

  • Education
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Adults Social Care

To assist other members of the Shared Legal Service in the delivery of their duties.

To be responsible for representing the interests of the service within the wider council organisations in any of the four authorities and with external clients.

To manage a case load of legal matters.

  • To provide, under limited supervision, timely and effective operational legal advice and assistance to officers across both authorities as part of a team of lawyers responsible for Social Care and Education and to any other clients of the Shared Legal Service.
  • To have a good and up to date knowledge and practical experience in at least one of the above areas of legal work.
  • Liaising with solicitors and other legal professionals and working with outside bodies including the court service on matters relating to the work of the section.
  • To manage a caseload of wide ranging work, including but not limited to, drafting legal letters, legal agreements, deeds, notices, orders, consents, by-laws and such matters in accordance with precedents, relating to the Social Care and Education team, managing competing demands and meeting deadlines and the requirements of the Shared Legal Service.
  • To work proactively to maintain and improve the relationship with the clients of the Shared Legal Service.
  • To provide support to the team to ensure effective service delivery
  • To undertake duties on behalf of the Monitoring Officer (AD Corporate Governance) for both authorities


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

  1. Your address (including 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. Minimum of 12 months recent legal experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation
  5. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages
  6. ***Qualification details and all 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.

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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Job Ref: Merton 5145939
Temporary Legal Assistant - Childcare
Client Category: Local Authority

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