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Southampton City Council

Service Area

Legal & Governance


Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY

Job Category

Legal & Business Operations

Contract Type


Full Time / Part Time

Full time

FTE Salary Max

up to £55,648

Closing Date


Job Reference


Job Description

The Southampton, Fareham & Havant Legal Partnership is an outcome-focused service recognised for its dedication to improving the communities in which we live and work and delivering professional excellence. We provide strategic and professional advice and services covering all aspects of local government law.

A lawyer specialising in child protection is required to join our People and Courts Team. We want you to join our dynamic team dealing with cases, covering all aspects of children’s social care including care proceedings, pre-proceedings, adoption and deprivation of liberty matters, supporting the Council's priority to become a child-friendly city and for children... to live safe and healthy lives.

The Council is looking for a practising solicitor or barrister with substantial subject area experience, strong advocacy, negotiating and advisory skills and competence with IT and case management systems. You will need an enabling, positive approach to finding solutions to complex problems and have good appreciation of risk management / the ability to work flexibly across a multi skilled team. Please note that depending on your level of expertise, you will be appointed to Grade 11 with salary up to £55,648.

The Council has a fully flexible working system that includes majority home/hybrid working (with some routine office attendance required at Southampton offices), with adaptable working hours, subject to meeting our clients’ needs. Court hearings are in-person, with the majority of hearings taking place in Southampton or Portsmouth.

Benefits include:
• Flexi Time Scheme (up to additional 13 days leave)
• 28 – 34 days annual leave plus bank holidays (dependent on LG Service)
• Generous Local Government Pension scheme and AVC salary sacrifice
• Employee benefits scheme including discounts at major retailers, lifestyle memberships, cycle and car schemes etc

If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you. For further information about this role please view the relevant job description on our website.

Contact details for informal discussion:

For further information and details regarding the position please contact Claire Markwell on 02380 832345 or via email at claire.markwell@southampton.gov.uk.

Recruitment contact details:

Email: recruitment@southampton.gov.uk

Tel: 023 8083 4033

Additional Information:
• Applications will be considered as they are received. The advert may be closed early if a successful candidate is appointed.
• Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours).
• This is a permanent position.
• Please note that for this role court hearings are in-person, with the majority of hearings taking place in Southampton or Portsmouth.

How to apply:

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed, unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications that are made through a third party agency. We cannot guarantee that any correspondence sent from third party agencies will be responded to.

Southampton City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. It is committed to delivering services to ensure they are happy, safe and have opportunities to reach their goals as responsible members of our community. We believe it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or adult to experience abuse of any kind, and recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare. We are committed to following safe practices to ensure this and expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. This commitment is reflected in all our recruitment and selection practices.

As a Corporate Parent we are actively aiming to support all our children in care (looked after children) and care leavers. Any applicants who are children in care or care leavers, who meet the essential criteria for the post applied for, will be guaranteed an interview.

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