Job Title: Senior Child Care Solicitor - Sheffield
Location: Sheffield, with travel to other offices and courts if and when required
Job Summary: This role will suit an ambitious, experienced and qualified Child Care Solicitor
Cartwright King is a national law firm, delivering the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients across the country. We are one of the fastest growing firms, with offices across the UK.
We provide a wide range of legal services to both private and publically funded individuals. Our clients are at the centre of everything we do, which is why we aim to attract and retain only the most ambitious, professional and dedicated individuals.
- The running, management and responsibility of public law children cases, including representation of children (therefore panel membership is a must) in all aspects of such proceedings from Public Law Outline Stage through to disposal stage.
- Undertaking work representing children under FPR 16.4 appointments
- Assisting and supporting the team with work, including covering of other people’s matters where needed and working as part of a close knit and mutually supportive team.
- Undertaking advocacy, including representation of clients at all stages in the court process at including but not exclusively contested/interim hearings, case management hearings, findings of fact hearings and final hearings across all courts (including courts outside of Sheffield).
- Assisting and supporting the team by sharing knowledge and experience both formally and informally.
- Networking and liaising with other professionals and enhancing, raising and furthering the profile of Cartwright King and the care team and proactively building the work, including parent work, working for extended family members and working with professional clients.
- Understanding and assisting with satellite issues within public law children matters, including, but not exclusively, Deprivation of Liberty, Female genital Mutilation, Forced Marriages, cross jurisdictional applications and Human Right’s Applications
- Assisting the team with Legal Aid supervision and other duties to assist the team to meet and adhere to legal aid agency requirements and to maintain the Legal Agency contract and other professionals standards such as the Specialist Quality Mark Standard
- Meeting individual financial and time targets in order to assist the team in reaching their global targets.
- To maintain the necessary training and collating the relevant experience to remain accredited on the Law Society Children Panel.
- Ensure the confidentiality and security of all practice and client documentation and information.
- Delivering excellent client care
- You will have a minimum of 12 PQE in Child Care Law
- You should have significant experience of legally aided Children Act work (public law) and experience of r16.4 appointments.
- You will be a member of the Law Society Children’s panel
- Experience of running your own caseload and acting both with autonomy and as part of a team
- Experience in the supervision and support of less senior team members
- Contested advocacy experience is absolutely essential
- Excellent organisational skills and IT skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to build good working relationships with members of the team and clients
- Excellent client care skills
- Good technical knowledge of the law
- Ability to build relationships with other professionals and third parties
- Ability to work under pressure to time and financial targets
- Confidence to develop own case load and the profile of the Sheffield office specifically and our practice generally via networking, marketing and business development.
- Professionalism and integrity at all times
- Friendly and pleasant demeanour and a sense of humour
What can we offer you
- Opportunity for career progression and support through training where needed
- A friendly and positive culture based on team work with no micro-managing
- A well run and secure business where you can work with confidence
- Flexible and agile working arrangements to enable staff to balance life and work
In return we are looking for ambitious individuals who would fit into a go-ahead and positive environment. As a firm we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment. This means that all applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
To apply please email a full CV and cover letter to Recruitment@cartwrightking.co.uk. Please include in your cover letter why you feel you are a suitable candidate for the role, as well as your salary expectations and notice period.