Child Care Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: Not specified

Solicitor / Legal Executive

Child Care Proceedings Department

 

Region:  Manchester/ Leeds

Department:  Public Law – Child Care Proceedings

Working hours:  Full-time

Salary:  Negotiable £35,000+ according to experience / accreditations

Closing date: Open

 

Role Purpose:  Simpson Millar is a leading firm in Public Law work with offices throughout the country.  Our public law department covers a number of areas of work including matters relating to education, health, human rights, community care and child care proceedings.  The firm is ranked in Chambers and the Legal 500.  

 

We are inviting a solicitor or legal executive to join our Manchester or Leeds team to work with our expanding Child Care Proceedings department, specialising in public law children matters.  The successful candidate will be responsible for both fee earning and business development.

 

We are looking for a candidate with a caring and enthusiastic personality, a warm client care manner and the ability and willingness to actively promote the profile of the department and Simpson Millar. 

 

The ideal candidate will have experience in Children and Family Law Act proceedings. 

 

We would invite applications from anyone passionate about this area of law, whether newly qualified or with Children Panel accreditation.

 

Any applicant must have a strong background in advocacy and be enthusiastic about promoting the team, to include offering creative marketing ideas and a willingness to engage in networking activities.  They be enthusiastic about supporting more junior colleagues.

 

Flexible working is offered and home working capability is expected.

 

 

Key Responsibilities:  To develop and run a caseload of Children Act and domestic violence matters.

 

 

Role requirements

  • Detailed knowledge of Children Act law and procedure

  • Experience in applying for non-molestation orders

  • Good advocacy skills

  • Effectively and efficiently conducting cases in accordance with the overall policies and objectives of the firm

  • Participation in the development, marketing and success of the Child Care Proceedings department, to include developing local referrals

  • Working with the firm’s case management system and other office IT systems;

  • Compliance with the firm’s Money Laundering Procedures;

  • Compliance with GDPR

  • Willingness to adopt flexible working from home

 

Ideal attributes:

  • Experience in supervision of files in accordance with Legal Aid Agency and Lexcel policies

  • Law Society Children Law accreditation or willingness to work towards achieving accreditation

 

Person Specification:

  • Experience mainly focused on public law children work

  • Interest and experience in court advocacy

  • Knowledge of legal aid guidelines and application procedures

  • Interest in and ability to develop links with potential referral organisations

  • Good business development and marketing skills

  • Good IT skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • An empathetic individual with a passion for dealing with vulnerable clients

  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity

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