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Solicitor or qualified FILEX Practitioner for Childcare

£49,590 per year (ERYC Grade 14)
Term Entry
Type Hours
Full Time (37 hours per week)
Monday to Friday
County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA (Some travel may be required)
Closing date
Job closes on 29 March
Interview date
Interviews are Week commencing 3 April
Service area
Service area: Legal and Democratic Services
Job reference
Job reference: LDEM000144
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The job itself

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is seeking a Childcare Solicitor/FILEX candidates for a permanent role to join the existing childcare legal team to meet the increasing demands of the service department. The Applicant would ideally have previous Local Authority experience in Public Childcare Law but Applicants with private law experience in public childcare proceedings would also be welcome. The work involves advising Children's Social Care on legal issues, drafting Court documentation for Childcare, Placement, Wardship Proceedings, Deprivation of Liberty applications and Adoption, obtaining evidence, liaison with clients, Courts, Solicitors, Cafcass and witnesses to address threshold as well as being a confident advocate before the Courts to undertake advocacy at all levels of proceedings where possible. The work will support the Team Manager and meet the needs of the Council in respect of primarily public law childcare proceedings but on occasion to also meet the needs of the Local Authority in its role within private childcare matters. The role does involve travel to outlying service areas and to the varying locations that the Family Court sitting within the Humber region.

The work is exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding in addressing issues of child protection. The vacancy does require the ability to work additional hours on occasion.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council at County Hall is situated in the Market Town of Beverley which offers a variety of shops and amenities and is situated at the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds with the renowned Beverley Minister as a backdrop.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council offers an attractive pension package, annual leave entitlement, sickness benefits and flexible working options including hybrid working.

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Lisa Nicholson
Interim Director of Legal and Democratic Services
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Remote working

The Council offers many remote working opportunities as part of our commitment to providing flexibility wherever possible for our employees.

Pay and reward

The Council is undertaking a review of pay and reward as part of its ambitions to attract and retain employees by having effective pay and development structures in place to support modern ways of working and to support the provision of Council services which meet local priorities. Please note that the future terms and conditions of this post may change following the outcome of this review.

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Some travel across East Riding of Yorkshire may be required, applicants must be able to transport themselves.

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