Solicitor/Legal Executive for Health and Social Care

England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £47000 per annum
22 Jun 2021
20 Jul 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Job Purpose

Essex Legal Services provide high quality, professional, legal advice across the council and to increasing numbers of external clients. Providing a client facing legal service which proactively embraces change and delights the customer.

As part of a specialist legal team providing high quality advice in the area of healthcare and social care, information, analysis and interpretation to clients to underpin effective decision making, meaningful performance management and meet statutory requirements. Achieving good

customer service and makes a real and demonstrable difference to the delivery of Essex Legal Services' business and the business of our clients.

A qualified solicitor or barrister with commercial awareness to contribute to the development of new external streams of business and the ability to build excellent working relationships.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Responsible for providing timely and accurate legal advice across the Council and to external customers, iincluding constructively challenging where appropriate to produce the best possible outcomes.

Accountable for delivering outcomes against the business plan for legal services which supports and drives the councils wider Organisation Strategy and vision.

Act as a legal practitioner and advocate providing specialist advice, professional consultation and support to colleagues (where appropriate) within your team.

To understand client needs and provide them with a service they value; driving the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement.

Support the development of current and future business opportunities, to promote the Essex Legal Services' vision to the external market.

Build strong working relationships across the Council, NHS Bodies, other local authorities and the private sector to ensure a quality advice 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.


Contribute to the ELS, Income target of £1.6million per annum

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Qualified solicitor/barrister with current membership of the Law Society or Bar Standards Board.

Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in the area of Healthcare and Social Care.

Experience of working within a legal setting in a politically sensitive environment, providing high-quality advice to a wide range of customers.

Experience of a full range of health and social care matters, including the requirements under the Care Act 2014, Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2000, NHS Act 2006, familiar with ICS models and related contractual arrangements, familiar with Coronial Legislation. Experience in dealing with Court of Protection matters and deputyship matters.

Proven track record of building strong working relationships across a large, complex organisation and with internal and external partners/stakeholders and clients.

Ability to provide clear advice on complex matters to both to both the client base and other colleagues.

A strong focus on outcomes to achieve strategic objectives.

Leadership Behaviours/Professional Competence

Acts Strategically

Inspires - Displays a passion for making a difference. Creates and shares an ideal image of what we can become and motivates others to see exciting possibilities for the future.

Innovates - Thinks radically, takes risks and is prepared to make mistakes when looking for new ways to improve services. Sees disappointments as learning opportunities Seeks opportunities to challenge and change the status quo.

Engages People

Enables - Builds energised teams. Creates an atmosphere of trust, respect and dignity so others feel able to experiment with new or innovative ways of working.

Collaborates - Creates and develops networks and involves others to first understand their point of view and then join together in a common purpose. Crosses internal and external organisational boundaries to improve and deliver shared solution and services in ways that achieve mutual gain.

Achieves Results

Delivers - Develops a quality service by valuing and modelling professional excellence and expertise to enable the delivery of commercially, financially viable services, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.

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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 queries on this role or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.