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The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£49,916 - £57,335 per annum
Closing date
16 Jan 2022

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Corporate Services, Legal, Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care
Job role
Contract Type
Full time
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About Us:

Secure positive outcomes for children and young people by using your exceptional legal skills to provide expert childcare advice to two London boroughs with outstanding Ofsted ratings. 

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and local businesses at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. We are committed to ensuring our communities can access the support they need, when they need it. 

By sharing resources and expertise with Westminster City Council, we’re able to offer joined-up social care, education and legal services that are constantly evolving and improving.

The Role:

Working as part of a dynamic team you will provide legal and procedural advice to Members and Officers across both boroughs. We pride ourselves on bringing a proportionate and well-rounded perspective to our clients’ cases. We are in regular contact with our local judiciary and partner agencies to ensure we have our finger on the pulse and have a proactive approach to change. 

We’ll look to you to offer robust, nuanced, risk-assessed advice and take on a wide range of tasks to support the team. You should expect a varied and challenging caseload ranging from childcare cases, advising on claims for judicial review, delivering training workshops and advising on key policies. Dynamic and high-performing, our legal team works in an agile way to share and develop in-house expertise, aided throughout by wholly digitised, paper-free processes. You will also have the chance to get involved with other legal projects providing an opportunity for further professional career development.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

A specialist childcare lawyer, qualified as a solicitor, barrister or FCILEx, you’ll also have a good grasp of the wider picture across social care and local authority services. Adaptable and flexible, you’ll be ready to react to difficult and pressurised situations, to multi-task and to work collaboratively as part of a team. A confident communicator, able to explain complex legal issues to non-specialist colleagues, you’ll also have strong political awareness and a business-like approach.  

We use an electronic case management system, ebundles and a digital courtroom so candidates need to be highly IT literate.
You’ll be ready to take advantage of the opportunities we offer for ongoing professional growth and development.   

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays. 

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:

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