Job Details

To handle legal matters (as allocated from time to time) in relation to the Council’s
statutory functions concerning Adult Social Services law and comprising advising
on all aspects of community care, mental capacity Law including DOLS, mental
health and the Care Act 2014.
• To appear as advocate for the Council in any forum in particular the Court of
Protection and County Court to prosecute, pursue, or defend any case or matter on
behalf of the Council, to include the application of the Court of Protection Rules
and /or the Civil Procedure Rules where applicable.
• To bring and defend claims for Judicial Review in respect challenges to public
body decisions to include public law practice and procedure.
• To participate in the implementation, development and maintenance of Practice
Management, office procedures, case management systems (Iken at present),
standards and policies, as required.
• To record promptly on (Iken) case management system all relevant case specific
documentation and time worked, in accordance with the Division’s time recording
system, when in operation
• To be office based with the ability to work remotely, with good broadband
connection, and attend Court or other forum or meetings when required to do so
where there is a business need or pursuant to the exigencies of the post, taking
into account any Corona virus / Covid 19 restrictions that may be in force from time
to time.
• To research legal questions arising from the work of the Council or its components
or associated public bodies.
• To participate in the provision of a comprehensive legal advice service to the
Council, its component Member Bodies, its officers and such other bodies as
• To assist colleagues who are responsible for administrative work arising from
meetings of the Council or its components.
• To participate, as required, in Benchmarking and Best Value processes.
• To participate, as required, in the provision of a legal information service.
• To represent the Assistant Director for Legal and Governance at meetings of
Panels, Member Bodies, Working Parties, Briefings and Officer Groups, and to
draft reports as required.
• To take all reasonable steps to ensure appropriate confidentiality.
• To bring to the attention of the Principal Solicitor (or other managers within the
Division as appropriate) any matters of which the Monitoring Officer should be
• To participate in the implementation, development and maintenance of practice
management, office procedures, systems, standards and policies, as required.
• To assist in the training of trainee solicitors and to provide training to Officers and
Members as required.
• To participate in the provision of a limited out of hours telephone service for urgent
mental health queries.

To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be
reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of
responsibility of this post.
• To undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the post and/or detailed
in the Directorate’s Health and Safety Policy.
• To participate in the Council’s emergency response arrangements as directed by
the designated officer.

payrate: £43.61 umbrella