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DATE ADDED: Sat 01/06/2019

Legal Officer / Legal Executive

Bradford, UK

JOB TYPE: Contract

SALARY: £15 - £16/hour

Our client has a requirement for a Legal Officer / Legal Executive to provide high quality professional legal services for the Children's Services and Adult and Community Services Directorates, primarily in relation to social care law, safeguarding and procedure concerning children and vulnerable adults

The main duties of the post are:

1 To work with Lawyers and Senior Lawyers on a full range of legal proceedings including Care Proceedings in compliance with the Children Act 1989 and proceedings relating to the Adoption and Children Act 2002, the Care Act 2014, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, associated Regulations, Practice Directions, Statutory Guidance and the Public Law Outline 2008. The cases involve multiple parties and are all sensitive, confidential and potentially emotionally demanding in nature. Some are highly complex.

2 To ensure court deadlines for obtaining and preparing evidence are met. This involves prioritising and meeting unexpected urgent deadlines.

3 To obtain instructions, drafting Court forms, documents and correspondence in relation to Legal Proceedings.

4 To interview and draft witness statements from Social Care officers (eg Social Workers, Managers, Community Resource Workers), other professionals (eg Teaching Staff, Health Visitors, Nursing Staff), Foster Carers and on occasion family members and friends. To enable witnesses to provide relevant evidence and express their personal knowledge.

5 To obtain records from third parties in respect of disclosure issues including Police, General Practitioner, Hospital and Nursing Staff on an informal basis or pursuant to Court Order. To edit records to remove third party and/or identifying information. Collating and distribution in accordance with pre-determined and on occasion immediate deadlines.

6 To requesting reports from medical personnel and others

7 To obtain witness availability and to prepare witness templates for contested proceedings

8 To marshall evidence and prepare bundles of documents for use in court. To provide Bundles for the Judge, Witness and Client. To maintain and update the Court Bundle at different stages throughout the proceedings and to serve other parties with an updated index and documents as required.

9 To make arrangements for witnesses to attend at Court. Supporting professional, anxious and vulnerable witnesses throughout the Court process. To familiarise inexperienced witnesses with procedures and the experience of giving evidence in support of a Local Authority. To advise clients and witnesses about law and evidence. To keep clients and witnesses informed throughout the Court process.

10 To brief as appropriate, Junior Counsel and on occasion Queen's Counsel

11 To attend Court, pre-hearing conference and advocate meetings with counsel and to carry out tasks arising from these within strict time constraints. This includes liaising with and instructing Counsel for the Local Authority, and counsel for the other parties, advising Counsel on the Council's decision making process to ensure the client's interests are protected, obtaining and relaying client's instructions to Counsel for the Local Authority.

12 To liaise with Court Officers including Family Court Legal Advisor, Listing Officer and on occasion Judges to facilitate the smooth management of the case.

13 To renew Interim Orders and conduct Directions appointments as required.

14 To maintain accurate records using the Case Management System including progress chasing, retrieval and reporting information as required.

15 To cover the duties of the Legal Assistant (Court Liaison) when absent from the office.

16 To contribute to the development of new procedures and processes.

17 To assist in the provision of legal services within Legal Services and to assist other public authorities within the West Yorkshire area in matters/cases as may be required and which are within the post holder's capability

Relevant Experience Requirement

* One years' experience in a legal environment

Professional Qualifications Requirement

* Professional Diploma in Law Grade 3 [Chartered Institute of Legal Executives] or demonstrable experience at that level eg preparing complex bundles for court, taking statements from challenging witnesses and liaising with Counsel when unexpected issues arise at court

If you have the necessary qualifications and experience please submit your CV ASAP
Role: Legal Officer / Legal Executive
Job Type: Contract
Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire,

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