The Legal Services department provides a broad range of comprehensive legal support to all the Council’s departments, members and maintained schools.
The department’s key areas of expertise include:
- commercial property
- contracts and procurement
- criminal and civil litigation (including dispute resolution and regulatory work)
- children’s and adults’ social care and employment.
Roles available range from legal assistant to senior solicitor. There are also opportunities for paralegal apprenticeships which provide a career progression route for legally unqualified staff.
The department provides its staff with the support, resources and training to work autonomously in their chosen field and actively encourages career development to enable staff to be in a position to gain promotion when suitable opportunities arise.
The workload within the department is varied and challenging. Staff are provided with the opportunity to gain legal knowledge in a broad range of public law areas. This may include the possibility of gaining advocacy and court experience.
You will be supported by colleagues with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from, not just from within the legal team, but also from across the departments it serves.
Working in a public sector legal environment offers many advantages over private practice. There are no billing targets and a flexible working policy enables some flexibility in working hours, along with the possibility of some homeworking – ensuring that staff are able to maintain a positive work-life balance.
The variety of work is also much broader in a local authority. No two days are the same and you will be asked to consider questions and issues that you would be unlikely to come across in private practice.
Devon County Council
Devon County Council are looking for experienced Child Care Lawyers to join the Legal team. This is a chance to make a real difference and discover a rewarding career, helping to protect the welfare of vulnerable children.
You’ll oversee the whole process of each case, from pre-proceedings through to completion of the final hearing. It’s fast-paced and hard work at times, but having such a heavy influence means you’ll play a huge role in ensuring successful outcomes for every child. Your contributions really can set up better lives for young people all across Devon.
Devon are looking for somebody who can hit the ground running, so experience in child care law is essential.
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