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Child Care Solicitor

Manchester

Job title

Child Care Solicitor

Location

Manchester

Department

Child Care

Reporting to

Head of Child Care

Job purpose

  • You will form an important part of our team, providing support to parents, grandparents, other family members and children directly or through their CAFCASS appointed Children’s Guardian
  • Overseeing due diligence to legal aid applications and CCMS procedures
  • Making preparations for court such as court bundles and instructing counsel
  • Ensuring the Child Care team provides a first class service

Performance measures

  • Manager/client satisfaction
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Running your own caseload with some supervision
  • Quality of work drafted and completed
  • Achieving time recording target
  • Achieving costs/fees target

Job Description

  • Covering all aspects of Child Care work, you will provide technical expertise and guidance to team members and external clients
  • Varied duties including dealing with a range of care work including: all Legal Aid/CCMS procedures, Care Orders, Supervision Orders, Protection Orders, Special Guardianship Orders, Placement Orders, Adoption Orders, International Adoption Orders, Pre Proceedings Meetings, Child protection case Conferences, Child protection review Conferences, defending allegations of injury, abuse or neglect, Child Arrangement Orders, Domestic abuse/violence cases, Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issue Orders.
  • You will represent parents, grandparents, other family members, interveners  and children directly or through their CAFCASS appointed Children’s Guardian
  • Developing own learning through CPD
  • Building the team’s workload through networking

Responsibilities

Organisation: 

Independently managing your own casework, liaising with clients, providing advice over the phone, by email and other mediums. Analysing large volumes of legal information at speed and with a high level of accuracy. Working to strict deadlines, logically and methodically with a meticulous eye for detail.

Drafting: 

Preparing and drafting  documents including witness statements and processing evidence. Preparing documents to meet legal requirements (including drafting application forms, index of documents and letters of representation.

Case types:

Managing a varied general Child Care caseload, including: Varied duties including dealing with a range of care work including: all Legal Aid/CCMS procedures, Care Orders, Supervision Orders, Protection Orders, Special Guardianship Orders, Placement Orders, Adoption Orders, International Adoption Orders, Pre Proceedings Meetings, Child protection case Conferences, Child protection review Conferences, defending allegations of injury, abuse or neglect, Child Arrangement Orders, Domestic abuse/violence cases, Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issue Orders.

Court:

Attending Pre-Proceedings Meetings , Advocates meetings , conferences and Court.

Growth:

Business development and marketing to support the work volumes brought in by the Firm. Demonstrating excellent networking and communication skills with the ability to promote the Firm to generate new business.

Commerciality:

Ability to apply the Law with a degree of commerciality. Prepared to give your viewpoint to clients in a jargon-free manner. Appreciation of other practice areas that could cross over into Child Care e.g. Family Law, Crime, Immigration.

Health and Safety:

Complying with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Taking responsibility for their own health and safety and that of others.

Equality and Diversity:

Carrying out responsibilities in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedure and Equality & Diversity Policy.

Confidentiality:

Maintaining confidentiality of information relating to clients, colleagues and other third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR, including outside of the work environment.

Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Has prior experience of working in a Child Care Solicitor role
  • You will be a Child Care Solicitor with around 1 year PQE
  • Has a working knowledge of best practice within Child Care
  • You will be open to growing your business development capabilities
  • Demonstrates a positive, friendly, flexible, and capable manner, and can build relationships quickly
  • Works ethically and sensitively to support vulnerable individuals through Child Care processes
  • Has strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Has excellent time management, organisational and computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as document management systems
  • Is familiar with a case management system
  • Strong customer facing and good influencing skills, able to deal with queries both verbally and in written format, in a jargon-free manner
  • Is able to ensure a high level of service with existing clients in order to secure repeat business
  • Stays up-to-date with the latest relevant legislation, policy changes and changes in the Law
  • Remains efficient and productive under pressure
  • Is used to stretching KPI’s and complies and delivers within set deadlines

Education/qualification requirements

  • You will be a Child Care Solicitor with around 1 year PQE
  • Willing to work towards Children Panel Accreditation
  • Must have a clean, valid Practicing Certificate at time of application

Would suit someone who:

  • Wants to learn and can work with some guidance
  • Is a committed team player who doesn’t fear change
  • Encourages cross-referrals and seeks collaboration before competition
  • Has been in a Child Care Solicitor role elsewhere
  • Is humble and sensitive with clients and able to deal with complex and emotionally challenging cases
  • Is used to being busy and can manage a fast pace
  • Is creative, and sees opportunities to do things better – will apply continuous improvement principles
  • Wants to grow the business through networking and other business development activities
  • Is keen to develop themselves with support from the Firm, i.e. putting themselves forward for  appropriate legal awards/recognition
  • Will push themselves to gain and retain appropriate accreditation to serve their clients
  • Is genuinely passionate about Child Care and delivering a first class legal service
  • Is emotionally intelligent and can handle the ups and downs of working in a Child Care department with sensitive and upsetting cases

Your new career. Starts here.

If you meet the required skills and experience and would like to apply for the role, please email your cover letter and CV using the submission form below.

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