Derby City Council Careers – Child Care Lawyer

  • Full Time
  • Derby

Website Derby City Council

Application closing date
Working Pattern
As specified
Grade L, £43,570 – £46,662 a year
Contractual hours
Job category/type
Job description
Directorate: Corporate Resources
Hours: 37 hours a week or reduced hours considered
Contract type: Permanent
Location: The Council House
We are looking for a highly motivated and suitably qualified lawyer for this important post. As a member of our busy legal team, your main area of work will be advising and representing the Children and Young People’s Department in all aspects of child care law including care and adoption proceedings. You will be expected to undertake your own advocacy in the local courts and demonstrate a strong technical knowledge when handling public law cases. You may also deal with advising on judicial review applications that relate to the provision of children’s services.
It would be desirable, but not essential, if you had some experience of advising on aspects of immigration law that might impact children who are looked after by the local authority. We offer flexible working and the opportunity to carry a varied and stimulating caseload. Our 5-day full-time working week is 37 hours per week, but we would welcome applications from those who might prefer to work reduced hours between 3 – 5 days per week.
You will need to be:
  • a qualified solicitor/barrister/chartered legal executive (Fellow of CILEx)
  • able to demonstrate confidence and experience of advocacy in a variety of settings but with particular emphasis on representing parties within public law proceedings in the court arena.
  • able to demonstrate experience or the aptitude for advising elected members
  • enthusiastic as well as being a good communicator
  • able to work under pressure and on your own initiative
  • be able to give clear pragmatic advice
For an informal chat please call Anna Pollard on 01332 643601 or Susan Cooper on 01332 643602.
Apply online at For further information, please contact the Recruitment Team, Derby City Council, Council House, Derby, DE1 2FS.
As part of our safer recruitment checks the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
All employees will normally be appointed to the minimum of the grade for the job. For reasons connected with a particular need of the Council it may be appropriate, subject to approval, to appoint to a higher point in the pay grade.
Please be aware that where there are staff within the organisation who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy, requirements to redeploy to another suitable role will apply and take priority.
The closing date for this vacancy is 31st October 2023 at midnight. Any application forms received after the closing date will not be accepted.
Interviews are expected to be held during the week commencing 7th November 2023.
Before you complete your application form please read our guidance on filling in your application form.
Quick Tip! Remember to align your personal statement to the Essential Criteria in the Person Specification

 Report Job