Temporary Senior Legal Officer– Legal

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Temporary Senior Legal Officer– Legal
Contract / Temporary

Manchester 0006 183A / 1

Posted: 20th June 2022 10:38
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  • Pay Rate:

    £16.44 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months.

  • Manchester,

    M60 2LA

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Senior Legal Officer– Legal

Reference no: Manchester 0006 183A / 1

Hybrid working arrangement

The post-holder will 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. They will have a personal caseload of legal work relevant to the Children & Families (Legal) Group

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide advice to clients on relevant legal issues 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.
  • Conduct, under minimum supervision of a wide range of legal case work including some of a more complex nature arising in relation to the work undertaken by the Group for children and families in public and private law pre and post proceedings.
  • Provide the Councils with legal advice and representation on the law, related legislation, regulations and guidance for children and families.
  • Provide legal support to the Group Head, Principal Lawyers and Senior Lawyer.
  • Where required by the Principal Lawyer to act as a mentor to a designated Legal Officer or Trainee Legal Officer.
  • Undertake such other reasonable legal and administrative duties as are assigned to the role holder by the Head of Group, Principal Lawyers and Senior Lawyers
  • 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


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

Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • CILEX Professional Diploma in Law (Level 3) or equivalent legal qualification AND
  • Experience in children and family law is required.

Skills & Abilities

  • Good Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Good problem solving and decision making
  • Ability to analyse a wide range of data and other sources of information
  • Ability to be creative and  find solutions
  • Ability to be flexible including working outside normal office hours
  • Excellent numeracy and accuracy skills to collate information and keep accurate and reliable records
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines.
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

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  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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Temporary Senior Legal Officer– Legal
Client Category: Local Authority

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