Education (SEN) Lawyer/Solicitor
We are looking for an Education (SEN) Lawyer/Solicitor who can join our supportive team to provide legal support on a range of legal matters that relate to the Council.
As an Education (SEN) Lawyer/Solicitor, you will assist the Legal Manager Peoples Services and the Education/Employment Senior Solicitor to provide a comprehensive legal service to the Council, Directorates, Committees and Members including legal advice and representation in relation to education Law, Special Educational Needs and disability law. You may also be invited to advise and support the Education, Employment and Litigation team in its wider legal functions and undertake any of the job functions shown in both the education/employment, and employment sections of the job description.
Our Legal Service is part of Legal and Democratic Services (‘LDS’) within the Central Services Directorate. We provide a range of services to the County of North Yorkshire, and the role of the Legal Service is to support the provision by providing a comprehensive and efficient legal service to the Directorates, the Council’s Executive, full Council, Committees and Members, and external clients. The nature of the work requires a flexible and versatile approach as it will change from time to time in response to the changing needs of the Council, and its developing initiatives. The post is required to work with colleagues and Members at every level within the organisation, with external clients and partners, and to manage the performance of staff within its responsibility. The budget of the service is in part dependent on income from external sources and the post must play its part in ensuring successful income generation, and in ensuring compliance with Law Society Professional Standards, and the achievement of Lexcel accreditation.
To be successful you must hold a Solicitor, Barrister, Chartered Legal Executive or equivalent qualification, and ideally have demonstrable knowledge of law in Special Educational Needs and Education though training and support can be offered if required. You must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, good presentation and interpersonal skills and have the ability to critically analyse diverse information presented in a variety of formats, and make recommendations relating to decisions which involve careful analysis of legal risk.
Knowledge or experience of working in Local Authority is advantageous but not essential, we would welcome applications from the private sector.
Flexible Working Opportunities
As an organisation we strongly believe in promoting a work life balance, with flexible working opportunities and modern technology you will be able to deliver your role to suit both your personal and our business needs. Our core hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00, but with our flexible arrangement, you may work your contracted hours around your personal circumstances with the additional benefit of collating flexi hours. You may also benefit from homeworking with an occasional requirement to work from the office.
Benefits for Working for us.
In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, we can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and supportive team. We offer exceptional company benefits such as salary sacrifice schemes in technology, professional qualifications and green car schemes.
You will also benefit from a variety of competitive employee rewards such as generous leave entitlement and local government pension scheme. We also offer exceptional salary sacrifice schemes and well as discounted retail offers, health schemes to name but a few. More information is found in our Total Rewards Brochure.
If you are interested in playing a key part in our Legal team and would like to have an informal conversation, please contact Mark Hards on 01609 532673
To apply click on the apply button below or alternatively email your CV to ResourcingSolutions@northyorks.gov.uk stating SENS in word format annotating which role you are applying for.
Closing date: 31 May 2021
Interview date: 9 June 2021 (or other dates on week commencing 7 June 2021 by arrangement)