Role: Housing Lawyer
Location: Wigan, Greater Manchester
Duration: 5 months+
My local authority client are looking to appoint a Housing Lawyer to join their legal team, for initially a five month temporary contract with possible extension. Pay rate is negotiable.
Key focus of the role will be Housing including Disrepair.
You will work closely with clients to assist them in the delivery of their service objectives and priorities, providing advice, support and assistance to client officers, Elected Members, Partner Organisations and other key stakeholders from across the public and private sector.
You will advise, prepare and conduct proceedings acting as an advocate for the Council at court, tribunals, inquiries and other statutory and legislative hearings.
You will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Division to provide a high quality, efficient and professional legal and democratic service, assisting with the delivery of service objectives, client satisfaction and performance targets.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Handle a personal legal caseload which could include complex and significant cases;
- Advise, prepare and conduct proceedings on behalf of the Council. Acting as an advocate for the Council at court, tribunals, inquiries and other statutory and legislative hearings;
- Manage the instruction, use and involvement of Counsel and external lawyers in appropriate cases;
- Draft complex and significant legal documents engaging in detailed negotiations with parties as appropriate;
- Attend meetings with committees, panels and officers advising on complex and significant legal matters;
- Provide specialist legal advice to clients to assist them in the delivery of their objectives and priorities;
- Assist the service in identifying areas for continuous improvement which provide value for money, efficiency benefits and high levels of service delivery;
- Develop and improve the knowledge of officers and Elected Members by giving advice, guidance, delivering training and production of briefing notes;
- Assist with projects ensuring they are delivered, on time, on budget and contribute to the corporate visions and priorities;
- Supervise, support and mentor lower graded staff within the Division;
- Maintain partnerships with stakeholders that enhance the provision of and delivery of services;
- Contribute to the development and maintenance of quality assurance policies and procedures;
- To develop, maintain and update appropriate systems.
You must be able to demonstrate the following essential requirements:
- Admitted Solicitor entitled to a current practicing certificate (the qualification of Barrister or Legal Executive is an acceptable alternative);
- Post qualification experience in at least two of the following areas of law: Children’s social care; Education; Adult social care; Health; Contentious Housing
- Experience of providing legal advice to assist and guide clients when making decisions which may include complex and significant issues;
- Experience of advising, preparing and conducting proceedings on behalf of the Council;
- Experience of acting an as advocate for the Council at court, tribunals, inquiries and other statutory and legislative hearings;
- The ability to manage the instruction, use and involvement of Counsel and external lawyers’ in appropriate cases;
- Experience of drafting complex and significant legal documentation engaging in detailed negotiations with parties as appropriate;
- Experience of dealing with a significant caseload within the areas of work listed above with minimal supervision;
- The ability to supervise, support and mentor lower graded staff within the Division;
- Proven track record in a pressurised and deadline driven environment;
- Be able to represent the service and the Council at local level;
- The ability to be positive, accountable and courageous in delivering the service priorities and clients objectives;
- Well-developed skills to influence and persuade decision-makers using written and verbal reasoning which is based on fact;
- A commitment and understanding of diversity and equality.
Local authority experience is desirable.
Deekay contact: Michael Wilde - 0161 747 1234