Role: Litigation Lawyer (Public Law)
Location: Westminster, London
Duration: 12 months
Rate: £25.37 per hour
The successful candidate will be given extensive responsibility for their own cases with appropriate supervision after a period of induction.
Developed experience of litigation case handling and an ability to work independently and under pressure are essential. The post is likely to involve drafting pleadings, legal (and for some roles, policy) advice, witness statements and often detailed Instructions to Counsel, and good written skills (including close attention to detail) are also an important requirement of the role.
Substantive advocacy is not generally required though there may be some opportunity within the immigration teams to use advocacy skills which are available for suitably qualified and experienced people.
The post holder should also be able to do the following:
• Assist colleagues with their caseloads where necessary (including meeting tight deadlines to preserve the organisations reputation);
• Assist with the team’s knowledge management/sharing objectives (also providing input into client legal awareness projects);
• Attend and contribute to team meetings;
• Comply with Lexcel requirements, as well as policies, standards, procedures and service level agreements set at the organisations, Litigation Group and team level.
• Display the Civil Service Values, help other people, focus on customer service and look proactively for solutions;
• Keep abreast of legal developments and current thinking on related policy issues and use training and other methods to refresh and improve their skills and knowledge.
Following an induction period, the successful candidate will be expected to do the following:
• Take responsibility for their own caseload subject to supervision (but knowing when to consult and delegate);
• Use a process of analysis, planning, scheduling, prioritising, action, quality monitoring and review;
• Give early warning to those affected by changing priorities including the reporting officer;
• Display an understanding of the resourcing requirements of own cases;
• Keep files accurately and comprehensively updated on the case management system (and, in some cases, on paper files);
• Display an understanding of the context in which the client operates;
• Display the professional attitude that the client and organisation expect from a member of an organisation with a high reputation,
• Providing effective client care and managing all aspects of the client relationship for each allocated case appreciating the particular commercial, political and policy context.
Substantive written work will be routinely checked for the first three months and it is expected that the successful candidate’s day to day work should not require routine checking by the end of this period. By this stage the successful candidate should have displayed effective case working skills including in communication, drafting and planning to meet case deadlines. The successful candidate should be seen to be working effectively with clients (adopting a style most likely to build effective working relationships with clients; responding to reasonable client requests including agreeing achievable and realistic actions, timescales etc.; acknowledging client concerns and working to alleviate these in a way that balances client and organisations needs; being alert to media interest which may have an impact on the reputation of the client and/or organisation) as well as with colleagues and be displaying a positive and helpful attitude in the conduct of their work.
The effective candidate should be meeting their chargeable hours target within a few weeks of starting work.
• Previous substantial litigation experience (ideally dealing with public law litigation cases) is essential
• Public law experience within the public sector or government department (including insight into the interrelationship between law and politics) is desirable, but is not essential
• Good legal professional skills including an understanding of the main features of public law including human rights - with reliable legal judgment, an appreciation of legal risk, with the ability to produce sound analysis using secure legal research - are essential
• Knowledge of the law relating to injunctions and/or public law and (for some posts) experience of advising on information law, would be an advantage, but is not essential
• Good organisational skills (including the ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise own work in order to manage a busy and/or complex caseload, and the ability to master new areas of law quickly) are essential
• Effective team working and client care skills (including the ability to build constructive working relationships with clients) are essential
• An ability to work proactively and independently with appropriate supervision is essential
• For some posts it is a requirement due to the nature of the work that the post holders are either security cleared or agree to be security cleared
Previous experience within central government would be desirable.
Deekay Contact: Michael Wilde - 0161 747 1234