Employment Lawyer - Supervising Associate
Job summary and responsibilities
Essex Legal Services (ELS) is part of Essex County Council (ECC) and offers flexible working practices in line with ECC's policy, this includes flexibility on start / finish time as well as flexibility on home-based working - in all cases this is offered in line with business needs.
Essex Legal Services provide high quality, professional, legal advice across the Council and to external clients.
This role works as part of a specialist legal team providing advice and guidance to clients which underpins effective decision making, performance management and meets statutory requirements. The successful applicant will ,work closely with senior leaders, make a real difference to the delivery of Essex Legal Services' business and the business of our clients, which may include managing or supervising staff.
You will be a qualified solicitor / lawyer, or Chartered Legal Executive, with significant post qualification experience and a member of the appropriate professional body. You will have significant experience working as an employment lawyer, commercial awareness to contribute to the development of new external streams of business and the ability to build excellent working relationships that encourage collaboration and exert influence, to drive a continuous improvement culture.
- Accountable for leading the provision of timely and accurate legal advice across the Council and to external customers to produce the best possible outcomes.
- Responsible for delivering the strategic business plan for legal services which supports and drives the councils wider Organisation Strategy and vision.
- Works collaboratively with function leadership teams to make recommendations which drive better informed decision-making across the Council.
- Responsible for interpreting client needs and providing them with a service they value; driving the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement.
- Responsible for assisting with development of staff in Essex Legal Services, through supervision and line management and delivery of training and informal learning.
- Works closely with the Head of Service and senior leaders of ELS to develop current and future business opportunities, to promote the Essex Legal Services vision to the external market.
- Responsible for the delivery strategy for services, ensuring that performance is clearly defined in terms of benchmarked outcomes and short, medium and long term business targets.
- Build strong working relationships across the Council and with schools and external clients to ensure a quality legal service is provided to the customer.
- Delegated functions as detailed in the Council's constitution (and as amended from time to time).
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Qualified solicitor, lawyer or chartered legal executive enrolled with the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board or the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, as appropriate.
- Evidence of continuing professional development, significant post qualification experience and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
- Significant experience working as an employment lawyer.
- Line management and supervisory responsibility or the desire to take on these responsibilities (including one to one review meetings with your team members and leading team meetings for a small team of 1 Lawyer and 2 caseworkers) and grow into a management role while remaining very hands on with your own workload.
- Understanding of working within a legal setting in a politically sensitive environment, providing high-quality advice to a wide range of clients.
- Commercial awareness and financial acumen, with sufficient professional credibility to maintain the existing client base and develop new streams of business.
- Proven track record of building strong working relationships across a large, complex organisation, with internal and external partners/stakeholders and clients.
- Proven track record of providing advice and guidance on complex legal matters to both clients and colleagues.
Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.
As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.