Legal Assistant within Adults and Children’s Legal Team – Swindon

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Legal Assistant within Adults and Children’s Legal Team – Swindon

Swindon Borough Council continues to invest in the very best talent to ensure that critical services are delivered across the Borough of Swindon. The legal department are committed to innovation and the progression of the team and each employee. The department is operating a hybrid first approach to flexible working, meaning that the majority of the team are working in a hybrid way, working within the office or other locations to meet the needs to the role including attending hearings, committee and client meetings are required. 

Having reassessed how the department can meet the needs of the Council to realise its vision and having seen the development of staff into high graded roles we are now recruiting and have exciting opportunities throughout all levels of the team from senior solicitors to newly qualified; legal assistants and those seeking a training path to becoming a lawyer as well within the departments business support team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Swindon Borough Council’s Legal Services as a Legal Assistant within the Adults and Children’s legal team. You will work closely with solicitors to advise and represent social workers in both Adults and Children’s Services. You will assist the council in all of its safeguarding functions in a diverse and interesting area of law that continues to develop and advance in a wide range of applications touching the lives of adults and children in the Swindon Borough. The Adults and Children of Swindon will naturally expect that the legal support and representation provided from Swindon Borough Council is capable, experienced and able to respond to all legal requirements promptly and compliantly. Therefore if you want to make a difference to the lives of others within the Social Care sector, you’ll find this Legal Assistant role a varied and highly rewarding career move.

The role of Legal Assistant is a permanent career opportunity based on full time hours Monday to Friday, complimented by an attractive salary and enhanced employee benefits. The successful candidate will be personable, confident, organised and able to build strong internal and external relationships. You will need to be highly motivated, enthusiastic and work effectively as part of a team. While knowledge and understanding of local government and procedures and direct knowledge of Social Care Law is desirable full training will be provided. As part of the team you will be supported to develop your own skills and knowledge whilst supporting lawyers and working towards building your own case load.

You will be working with a team of solicitors, legal assistants and supported by business support offices as required. It is expected that the post holder will be able to work calmly and efficiently under pressure and deal with the varied and fast-paced work of Adult and Children law. Educated to GCSE level including Maths and English at Grade C or above (or equivalent), or equivalent work experience obtained within the legal profession, with knowledge of relevant areas of law would be highly desirable. Some exposure to legal work and experience in working within a legal office, with strong intellectual problem-solving abilities, including the ability to weigh arguments and substantiate judgments will be advantageous to the success of this position.

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