SOLICITOR - LEWISHAM

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Solicitor – Lewisham £53 per hour Hybrid Working 1 - 2 days in office (Flexible) Contract – Full Time: Duties/Responsibilities: We're seeking an experienced Principal Lawyer to lead the newly created Legal - Housing & Disrepair team at Lewisham on a temporary basis pending recruitment to the permanent role. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Legal Services and will supervise a newly created and growing team of lawyers and assistants. The role will involve working in a collaborative manner with the wider legal team, the Client's Housing Department, councillors, external legal advisers and members of the public. The successful candidate will have the legal knowledge and experience commensurate with a solicitor, barrister or CILEX with at extensive post qualification experience of housing law, preferably in a local government setting. They will have an ability to work under pressure, juggling caseloads, meeting priorities and dealing with conflicting deadlines.  In addition, we expect the successful candidate will have great people skills and experience of managing, supporting and working alongside a diverse range of people. Advising Mayor and Cabinet, Client, Committees, relevant members, the Monitoring Officer and senior officers as required Undertake and manage a caseload including some work at the highest and most confidential corporate level: Including legal advice and assistance to the Client, Members and Chief Officers, including the Chief Executive as required.  Representing the Client in court hearings, arbitrations, tribunals appeals and inquiries. Deal with Ombudsman cases as necessary. Manage the finances and human resources of the team and ensure business plan objectives are met. To understand the Client’s Risk appetite and to ensure the completion and monitoring of the Service’s High-Risk Register To liaise with clients in respect of service delivery, seeking to improve performance, procedures, efficiency and standards within the team. To demonstrate significant experience in one or more of the following areas of law, including current and developing central and local government policy issues: General Housing Law Housing Litigation including disrepair claims and possession proceedings Landlord and Tenant Disputes To find out more information please contact Lily at (url removed) Recruitment is done in line with safe recruitment practices. We are an equal opportunity agency

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