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Senior Lawyer

Business & Corporate Services

Legal Services

Manchester City Council

Position Title: Senior Lawyers
Grade 9 £43,813 to £47,683 (Bar at £46,675) per annum (inclusive of £5000 market rate supplement)
Contract Type: Full Time Permanent  (plus 2 fixed term contract vacancies for maternity cover)
Hours: 35 per week
Work Location: Town Hall Extension, Off Mount Street, City Centre, Manchester, M2 5DB 
Relocation expenses will be considered.
DBS Check Required: Yes, Standard
BPSS Check Required: Yes 
Qualification(s) Required: Yes, practising barrister, solicitor or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (if FCILEX, with Advocacy Certificate)
Closing Date: 15 January 2020
Reference: MCC263585/02/CE

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Put your legal experience to work for Manchester.

At the heart of everything we do is:
  • the safety and needs of children;
  • high-quality representation of Children’s Services.
Alongside this is effective teamwork producing incredible, outstanding results.

There is little else in life graver than a parent or carer losing a child from their care. How do we do this emotionally demanding work and not burn out? It’s through teamwork – working together, trusting each other, combining our experience, and sharing our knowledge and expertise to get the right result. 

We’re not frightened to cry physical tears together, to laugh, interact, problem-solve, have difficult conversations and help each other. This promotes deep learning and a strong sense of belonging and common purpose, creating effective mutual relationships that achieve our team’s goals.

Nationally, we’re seen as a forward-thinking and outstanding legal group and council, always listening carefully to feedback, doing what we say we will – when we say we will and continually looking for better ways of doing things and achieving greater heights. 

We feed on one another’s contagious enthusiasm for our projects with a dynamic team spirit made possible by the synergism between us all.
  • Are your skills and legal mind being rewarded?
  • Do you work together as part of a supportive team?
  • Is your work wide-ranging and varied?
  • Are you achieving your goals? 
We don’t recruit very often, so now’s your chance to join us. Be part of an incredible journey. 

Why work with us?

We offer our lawyers flexible start and finish times with an effective remote working-practice model. There’s opportunity for development and variety thanks to the way our teams practise in our Lexcel-accredited and supported legal service.

Legal work for public services in Manchester, Salford and Rochdale Councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority puts you among the few practitioners in England’s first, and biggest, devolved region, where major decisions are now taken in-house rather than in Whitehall and by NHS administrations. 

If practising in a supportive public service legal team is the right cultural fit for you, please get in touch for an informal discussion.

For an informal discussion on these roles please contact Jonathan Broad, Head of Children & Families Legal Services on 0161 234 3728.

Application Method

Please upload your curriculum vitae and expression of interest using the online apply button..

The post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (amended in 2013). Appointable candidates will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information provided by you or the DBS will be dealt with in a confidential manner and in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be viewed here. We have a policy on the Employment of Ex-Offenders and it is available upon request.

This post is also subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in the UK in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and other pre-employment checks where applicable.

The Council has a number of IT systems and secure email accounts that are part of the Government's Public Services Network (PSN). In 2014, the Cabinet Office introduced a minimum level of security screening for all staff that have access to any IT systems or gcsx email account which form part of the Public Services Network. This security screening is called the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). This check involves verification of identity; nationality and immigration status; employment history (past 3 years) and criminal record. 

This post is subject to BPSS checks.  You will therefore be required to consent to and comply with BPSS checking requirements prior to commencing in this post which includes applying for a Basic Disclosure check.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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