An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Qualified Solicitor to join my client’s busy Litigation team, based in Darlington.
Temporary Contract until July 2017
To be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive quality legal service on all aspects of employment law and civil litigation.
To be responsible for providing a strategic and proactive civil litigation and employment advisory and consultancy service to the Council and external clients.
To deal with a caseload of employment work and civil litigation, including tribunal and court work.
To establish and maintain effective working relationships with key clients and stakeholders.
To support the Principal Lawyer (Litigation) in providing a strategic and proactive legal service to the Council and external clients, within the Litigation Team’s remit, by seeking to anticipate issues and become involved with ideas, initiatives and projects at an early stage.
Skills and experience
Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive with a current practising certificate and with rights of audience.
Degree level education
Experience & Knowledge
Working knowledge /practical experience of dealing with civil litigation (including debt recovery) and Employment law and Tribunals.
Experience of attending and presenting cases at courts, panels, hearings and tribunals.
Experience of interpreting legislation, case law, policy or procedures to give recommendations and advice.
Experience of effective negotiating to reach satisfactory outcomes
Working knowledge /practical experience of dealing with legal work in any of the following areas:
Prosecutions (including public protection matters such as environmental health and trading standards)
Injunctions and anti-social behaviour casework
• Public Sector Housing
• Licensing law and Committees
• Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
Experience of working in local government
Experience of staff management/supervision
Ability to listen and communicate both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences (including ability to write clear and concise reports & presentations)
IT Literate, capable of using MS office packages
Ability to summarise and interpret complex and conceptual matters to aide others’ understanding and aimed at their needs
Ability to work as part of a team, sharing tasks and providing cover as necessary
Ability to use appropriate styles and arguments to influence and negotiate satisfactory outcomes
Able to prioritise workload and to plan and allocate tasks to meet deadlines
Effective advocacy, negotiating, influencing and persuasive skills
Ability to use initiative and make decisions outside immediate policy and procedure, and without reference to manager
Ability to solve problems and make difficult (good call) judgments
Ability to regularly give advice and guidance, including demonstrating duties, instructing and checking the work of others
Ability to work under pressure and to prioritise
Ability to inspire and to command respect and confidence.
Able to deal with potentially difficult, challenging and confrontational situations.
To comply with current legal practice management standards, regarding file maintenance.
To work outside office hours as required by the needs of the service
Access to reliable transport in order to carry out the travelling requirements of the post.
The ability to communicate at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English