An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen to be part of the Joint Legal Services Team, which supports both West Midlands and Staffordshire Police Forces. We are seeking a Lawyer, specialising in Employment & Pensions to join us to provide a comprehensive legal service to the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner for both Staffordshire and West Midlands Police.
- provide legal advice and assistance to the Chief Constables, their officers, their staff and The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioners
- advise and provide representation (including advocacy) in relation to legal proceedings and hearings before the relevant Courts & Tribunals
- have care and conduct of legal matters with a particular emphasis on the areas of Employment and Pensions Law, Judicial Reviews, Misconduct Proceedings, Data Protection and Disclosure
- effectively manage own caseload, ensuring timely and cost effective service delivery at all times
- work with external legal services (including Counsel) where necessary in the most cost effective manner
- ensure that any ‘lessons learned’ are considered and fed back to the appropriate Force department and to Principal Lawyers
- provide advice and assistance to witnesses in support of Tribunals and Court Hearings
- manage and draft pre action responses
Skills and Experience
You must be a qualified, practicing solicitor or barrister and must hold a valid Practicing Certificate for England and Wales, or must be a Fellow of CILEx, and in addition be a CILEx Advocate/Litigator holding all three advocacy certificates.
You will be able to demonstrate experience of advising on a range of complex Employment and related police law matters, having knowledge of Employment Law Act 1996, Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 2000 and other relevant legislation, along with experience of advocacy within the court system or equivalent
Whilst providing resilience for all work conducted for the wider Joint Legal Services in relation to all aspects and functions of its work, you will monitor and advise upon any legislative changes and other legal developments affecting the Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners.
As a clear and effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to work with a wide range of personnel across the two Forces.
With capability as an advocate before the Courts, you will have excellent analytical skills, first rate drafting skills, and be able to demonstrate sound and balanced judgement with good attention to detail.
Having significant knowledge and understanding of police law, you will have the ability to work under pressure, excel at meeting tight deadlines and have strong file management skills. Being tactically aware, you will be able to evidence prior experience in providing legal advice to senior figures in an organisation, and have a constructive approach to problem solving.
You will be able to work autonomously or as part of a team, and capable of taking on new areas of work with minimal supervision. You will also be able to deal with sensitive and confidential information.
The role is based on 36.5 hours per week, where the post holder will be required to work out of both West Midlands and Staffordshire offices, depending on the demands of the service.
The post holder will be required to travel to locations throughout the Force areas and may be required to work at weekends and on Bank/Public Holidays on occasions.
The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate vetting.
Shortlisting will take place on 2 December 2020
Interviews will take place via Skype on 15 and 16 December 2020 (subject to change)
(Note that these dates may be subject to change in light of current circumstances.)
West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions. The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.
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West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.