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Senior Solicitor/Barrister/FCILEx (Childcare)
  • Employer: Birmingham Children's Trust
  • Reference: BCT/21/145990
  • Published: Mon 22/03/2021, 13:10 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 18/04/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £44,863 - £56,075
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham, Birmingham

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Senior Solicitor/Barrister/FCILEx (Childcare)

There has never been a better time to join Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Birmingham Children’s Trust continues to go from strength to strength.

The Trust has invested in its legal practice across the last two years, in both growing the capacity of the team and strengthening its capability at a senior level.  This has also enabled the Trust to provide our solicitors and legal assistants with a strong framework of support at induction and with their career progression.

During this unprecedented time, we have ensured that our staff have the right tools and support to work remotely.

We are currently working remotely and anticipate our future working arrangements will include opportunities to continue working remotely, subject to business need and the requirements of the role to attend Court hearings and meetings in person.

We take pride in offering a high quality and proactive legal service. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our team and add to our collective value. We seek high calibre legal professionals from all sectors to help us achieve our strategic growth and long-term goals. It is your determination to provide a top-class legal service, and to get best outcomes for children which will matter most.

We are a busy, friendly, well supported, established team which offers opportunity for self-development.

The recent launch of the Birmingham & Solihull Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) pilot will provide you with an opportunity of experiencing the successes of an alternative family court for care proceedings.

Furthermore, the team is involved in a number of new projects which you will be encouraged to be a part of.

About you

The Senior Solicitor/Barrister/FCILEx is open to those with management responsibility. Taking responsibility for the more complex and challenging cases and providing guidance and support to other members of the team. Conducting advocacy on contested and non contested cases. With the vast majority of court hearings still being conducted remotely, there may be occasional instances where the cases are physically heard in court.

You will be experienced in public childcare law either from private practice or other sector.

The recent launch of the Birmingham & Solihull Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) pilot will provide you with an opportunity of experiencing the successes of an alternative family court for care proceedings. 

The role is currently home-based with a structured induction and daily support from the team, and Head of Service/Principal Lawyer. 


Our Vision

We believe that looking after the welfare of the children in our society is the most important task. Our vision is to be a Legal Service that helps deliver the best outcomes for children. We have a single focus on making Birmingham’s children healthy, happy and confident. Join us and help shape our service to make our vision a reality. Together we’ll make a bigger and better difference for the future of our city.

Our Values

We are one team. We support and motivate each other; we work together and we respect each other. We each have an important role to play. 


                                ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

                                                                     QUALITY AND INNOVATION


                                                  HIGH SUPPORHIGH CHALLENGE

We work tirelessly with staff and partners to drive the behaviours’, supported by strategies, policies and procedures that truly reflect them.

Our Benefits and Opportunities

  • A £3,000 incentive for all new joiners who start with three or more years post qualification legal experience;
  • A retention incentive of £2,400 per annum (paid quarterly) after 2 years continuous service and during subsequent years of employment, subject to review;
  • Relocation package, if applicable;

We pride ourselves on making BCT a great place to work, making sure everyone feels valued and welcomed, with a genuine commitment to keeping our staff safe and well at work.  We offer a comprehensive package of support and training at all levels with clear career progression opportunities. 

To find out more about our offer please view the candidate pack for more information.

Interviews will take place week commencing 26th April 2021 & 3rd May 2021

Informal enquiries to:

Suzanne Waters, Head of Service/Principal Lawyer