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Senior Legal Officer (Childcare) - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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£37,306 - £40,057

Job description

Permanent – 37 hours

Barnsley is a strong, well-managed and capable council. It punches above its weight, regionally and nationally.

The Legal team supports key functions which includes child protection. We are looking for an enthusiastic, able practitioner to join us.

In return, we can offer you:

  • A fine location, in a vibrant town, rich in culture and bordering on the Peak District;
  • Excellent conditions of employment with a fair employer, and a defined benefit pension;
  • A first class office environment and the benefits of flexible working.

For an informal discussion, call Garry Kirk (01226 773023) or Marianne Farrell (01226 787151).

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We are looking for a qualified and experienced lawyer, with excellent technical knowledge of childcare law and well-developed advocacy skills to replace a recent retiree. You will be expected to conduct hearings in the family court (instructing Counsel for only the most complex hearings) and will advise and assist the client at all levels, in writing, orally and by attending meetings as required. You should have energy and initiative and preferably significant experience in child care law.

You will be part of a team of five lawyers and will be supported by two paralegal officers and you should have a strong teamwork ethic.

We aim to provide a quality service to our clients by all working efficiently as a team and you should be able to demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence in this challenging area of law.