Reading Borough Council

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    RG8 – RG9 (SCP 39–50) £42,821 - £54,878 pa

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    105 days ago

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Childcare Advocate (Joint Legal Team)

Would you enjoy working as part of a busy, friendly and well-respected Legal Team as an in-house advocate? The Joint Legal Team, based in the Civic Offices in Reading, provides a legal service in Public Law to the six Children Services Department in the Berkshire unitary authorities. 

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a large team of childcare lawyers as an advocate. Conducting advocacy primarily in childcare and adoption proceedings, gaining experience in all levels of the family court. Representing the JLT’s six distinctive client authorities will provide you with a challenging and interesting caseload.

There will be a high volume of work and on occasions you will be dealing with emergency and urgent applications on short notice. You will work closely with the lawyer who has conduct of the case and on more complex cases will be involved in case preparation and strategic planning to achieve the best outcome for the subject child.

A member of the senior management team will provide you with regular supervision and support you to develop your practice.

All members of the team are offered in-house training and updates on the latest legal developments to keep their legal knowledge updated and in line with both national and local practice.

About you

We are seeking to recruit applicants who will commit to the continued success of the team and to the high standard of service which we provide to our clients. Successful candidates will be rewarded with an interesting and varied workload in a friendly and supportive working environment.

Requirements for this role:

  • An admitted Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.
  • Previous experience in Public Law Children Act work is essential to the role.
  • Relevant experience as a childcare specialist in local government or private practice and have an excellent working knowledge of key child care legislation.
  • A real commitment to this area of work.

Our offer

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave.
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities.
  • Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees.
  • Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/bus journey, to and from work.
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax.

For more information on this position please contact Stephen.johnson@reading.gov.uk

To apply


Ref: RES0211

Closing date: 27 June 2021.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.


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