TEMPORARY UNTIL 31st MARCH 2018ROLE DEFINITION
To be part of the litigation team primarily undertaking litigation work and other legal work as required in relation to the whole range of local authority functions and particularly social work law (including child protection, permanence, adult support and protection and adults with incapacity legislation), housing law and education law. The role involves representation of the Council at courts, tribunals and inquiries.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Corporate ResponsibilitiesTo manage/deliver the Service in accordance with the Council's corporate policies and procedures and relevant strategy provision. To manage/deliver the service outcomes, in the most efficient and effective way, that delivers the Council's Strategic Priorities within the Council Plan and contributes to the production of Directorate Plans. To manage and monitor Capital and Revenue budgets as assigned and contribute to budget development. To lead, or contribute to, the preparation of cross-service business development plans, as required. To ensure the effective management and leadership of employees, where appropriate. To prepare and co-ordinate reports for the Council, its Committees or working parties and to attend these meetings as required. To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.
Role Specific Tasks & ResponsibilitiesTo provide legal services as required by legal management in conformity with the Council Plan and the Democratic Services Service Plan. To be part of the litigation team of Legal Services, undertaking primarily litigation and other legal work as required in relation to the whole range of local authority functions and particularly relating to social work law (including child protection, adoption and permanence, adult support and protection, and adults with incapacity legislation), housing law and education law. To advise other officers of the Council on any legal matter. To represent the Council at court, tribunal, inquiry or other quasi-judicial hearing, as required. To update the Team Manager (Litigation) or the Senior Manager (Legal Services) on the progress of work. To advise the Team Manager (Litigation) or the Senior Manager (Legal Services) of any difficulties arising in connection with the work of the litigation section. To assist in the provision of out of hours cover for emergency litigation and to undertake such work as may be necessary. To undertake continuous professional development, keep up to date with changes in legislation affecting the provision of services within the Council and advise other solicitors and staff in the section of such changes. To participate in appropriate training and supervision of the work of paralegal staff. To assist other solicitors and staff within Legal Services as required.
ESSENTIAL / DESIRABLE CRITERIA
Education and QualificationsScottish LLB law degree or equivalent Scottish qualification Diploma in Legal Practice Current Practising Certificate (unrestricted) from the Law Society of Scotland
Application Form Interview
ExperienceTwo years post qualifiying experience working in a litgation team undertaking a variety of work and court appearances Legal experience working for a Scottish local authority legal serivice, including appearing at courts and tribunals Application Form References Interview
Specialist KnowledgeExperience and knowledge of practice and procedure in the Scottish courts and tribunals Knowledge of housing law, education law, social work law, child law – including adoption and permanence, Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, Adult Support and Protection (Scotland)Act Knowledge of Public and Administrative Law Knowledge of Planning Law Knowledge of Data Protection/Freedom of Information Legislation Knowledge of Employment Law Knowledge of Anti –Social Behaviour Legislation Application Form Interview Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)
Skills and AbilitiesOrganisational skills Communication Skills Analytical and research skills Focus on client service Ability to work as part of a team Flexible approach and willingness to adapt to changing situations Application Form References Interview
OtherAbility to travel to various work locations, both within and out with North Ayrshire Current valid UK driving licence Application Form Interview Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)
Staff Values & Behaviours
North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.
Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council's website.
We put our customers first
We understand the bigger picture
Provide excellent customer services Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers. Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these. Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.
We take pride in the jobs we do
We are ambitious for our communityTake ownership of our own actions and performance. Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved. Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities. Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.
We all look for better ways to deliver our services
We achieve the best results togetherFind new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money. Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas. Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities. Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.
For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process
Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk
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