Team Lawyer - Education Kingston upon Thames in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK

Employer: Surrey County Council

Location: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK


Salary: £38,888 per annum

Job Details

£38,888 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN.  This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

About the Role

At Surrey County Council we are looking to recruit to our successful in house legal team. We have an exciting opportunity currently within our adults, education, litigation and employment team.

We have a full time vacancy for a team lawyer, covering a workload of primarily special educational needs and other education law matters, with the opportunity to undertake adult social care work, subject to other work demands. We are looking for a strong candidate with experience of special educational needs issues, who can hit the ground running. You will be flexible, motivated and ambitious, and looking to join and support our progressive service, which has been working in partnership with legal services in Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council as Orbis Public Law. The partnership creates one of the largest public sector legal services in the UK with a vision to create ‘A single, resilient, sustainable cost effective legal service with a public service ethos with an ability and ambition to grow’ and presents unrivalled opportunities to share our knowledge, experience and understanding across teams and Authorities.

You will be passionate about working as part of a team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council, its partner authorities and clients served by Orbis Public Law. In return we can offer you encouragement, support and development within your role and in the wider context of our new partnership. You will be expected to hold a full and varied caseload for your area of work. Recent legal experience, either in-house or in private practice is essential.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification. We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional Information

The post will close at 23:59 on 11th March 2018.

Shortlisting and interviews will take place week commencing 12th March 2018. 

Please note, if access to the GCSX (PSN) network is required for this role, a Basic Disclosure (DBS check) will be required to meet the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focused - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.

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