Description

Paralegal (Legal Assistant) Litigation and Social Care

Ref: 27741

Location: Harrow Council

Directorate: Resources Services

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 36 hours

Closing Date: 18/10/2021

Interview Dates: TBC

Salary Range: £24,015 - £31,248

Overview

We are seeking paralegal staff to join our Children's Social Care and Litigation teams including the Property, Contracts and Planning teams. HB Public Law is a shared service between a number of local authorities North West London and home counties.  Staff are employed by Harrow Council, but work for several public sector clients.  We are looking to appoint paralegals within the children’s social care and litigation teams and within our commercial teams.  Successful candidates will have an opportunity to be supported through the CILEX professional qualification and other legal apprenticeships.  Paralegals also have opportunities to move between teams or to specialise in one area of law. 

About us

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London Borough and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

About you

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree standard with a qualification in Law or be studying for a recognised legal qualification (candidates with substantial paralegal experience within local authority will be considered).
  • Knowledge and understanding of English Law, practice and procedure in public law and an interest in local authority legal work.
  • Strong team player with the ability to contribute positively to a team.
  • Ability to provide written and oral legal advice and guidance to officers and clients.
  • Opportunity to hold your own cases, and work on complex cases with senior lawyers.
  • Excellent MS Office skills.

Candidates may be required to work unsocial hours where necessary and should be willing to undertake an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).  In return we offer a great setting to advance your career, bespoke induction and development opportunities and training and support to expand your knowledge in a wide range of areas, including children’s and adult social care, education, employment, civil and criminal litigation, planning and regeneration, property, contracts and procurement and information law.

For an informal discussion please contact Sarah Johnson on 07557 155585.

Other information

Support for candidates visit: Harrow.gov.uk 

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Important Note

Our staff are our greatest asset and therefore no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender, reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification applies.

Harrow is committed to making our recruitment practises barrier-free and as accessible as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format please contact us at resourcing@harrow.gov.uk

HARROW REDEPLOYEES WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION

We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBTQ+ applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.

Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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