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Job Vacancy

Working within Legal Services, you will assist in the provision, delivery and management of the Council’s in-house court service. The successful candidate will have good experience of the full range of civil court work carried out on behalf of a local authority. This will involve all tasks from pre-litigation advice, drafting court documents to court and tribunal appearances over all aspects of the Council’s core businesses.

Based in Midlothian House, Dalkeith, the post will require attendance at court in Edinburgh and elsewhere.

It is essential that the postholder possesses a Law degree, post graduate and an unrestricted practicing certificate from the Law Society of Scotland– this is the only qualification route for this post.

The successful candidate will have organisational knowledge, interpersonal skills, an understanding of public sector legal issues and a proven track record to offer junior staff advice and guidance. Ideally they will have experience in providing advice and representing clients in litigation matters including Permanence Orders, guardianships, community care disputes and licensing. Experience in other areas of litigation including personal injury, debt recovery, education and housing would be beneficial.

A minimum of two years post qualifying experience, good IT skills, experience of supervision of administrative/paralegal staff and a willingness to be involved in designing and delivering training for client services is also desirable.

The successful candidate will work as part of a small team to provide a full range of litigation, advocacy and advisory work across the Council or on behalf of any other body for which the Council provides legal advice. Key work areas include (but are not limited to):

Representing the Council at Court, Tribunals and Inquiries (including all relevant preparatory work) Taking legal action on behalf of the Chief Executive and all Divisions Advice on general licensing matters Provision of professional legal advice to ensure the lawful execution of duties to stakeholders including elected members, council officers, panels and boards Representing Legal Services on ad hoc corporate working groups as necessary.

The jobholder should be aware of the initiatives which affect council services in order to be aware of the pressures and influencing factors on the client before giving legal advice.

CLOSING DATE:- Monday 19 March 2018

INTERVIEW DATE:- Week commencing Monday26 March 2018

Job Advert

Position Title: Solicitor

Position Number: C565

Directorate: Resources

Location: Midlothian House

Contract Status: Permanent

Hours of Work: 36

Working Pattern: Monday – Friday

Weeks per year: 52

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £40,913.29 per annum.

Application Details

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Reference No: MID02217

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