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Legal Adviser & Senior Legal Adviser HCC15011

Job Details:

Salary range: £32,752 - £45,524 per annum 
Work location: The Castle, Winchester 
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 10 November 2019
Interview date: 19 November 2019

You will be appointed either as a Legal Adviser or a Senior Legal Adviser, depending on experience relevant to the criteria in the Person Specification

Governance and Information Law


As a qualified solicitor, barrister or legal executive, you will work individually and as part of our team, to deliver services to client departments and external clients regarding information law.

In your role you will draft documents and provide all clients and members with risk-based pragmatic advice, on subjects including data protection, freedom of information and corporate matters. Your role requires a client focused approach and the ability to work as part of a broader team across Hampshire Legal Services and client departments.

With excellent written and oral communication skills, you will also have good organisation skills, time and case management skills, together with a positive attitude. You will ideally have good knowledge and recent experience of providing legal advice in the areas of information law and or public law, however this is not essential for the Legal Adviser post.

In addition to a competitive salary there is a generous benefits package including:

•    Access to Local Government Pension Scheme.
•    A minimum 25 days annual leave entitlement.
•    The opportunity for Flexible working.
•    Interest free travel loans and discounts.
•    Employee Support Services.
•    Family friendly policies

 

A term time contract may be considered in appropriate circumstances.

Job Purpose:

To provide effective legal advice in the area of information law – to protect the interests of the County Council and its external clients.

To take on responsibility for complex cases and contribute to projects of major corporate significance (for the Senior Legal Adviser role).

Main Responsibilities:

With supervision where required:


Receive instructions, give advice and draft documentation

•    To provide legal advice, practical and procedural guidance, taking into account commercial considerations and relevant risks, to the County Council’s departments, members and its external clients on information law as part of the Governance and Information Law Team.  
•    To generate new external income and recover costs wherever practicable, including new client development and attendance at networking events.


Drafting

•    Drafting documents to agreed departmental and professional standards, ensuring documents protect the interests of the County Council or external clients, and secure the best outcome. Documents include internal and external policies, protocols and procedures, information law sharing agreements, reviewing relevant contract clauses and other types of agreements.


Research and Advice

To include undertaking legal research on complex information law matters, identifying and sourcing a range of documents and resources, including legislation, and case law, and government guidance and circulars. 

•    Gathering and evaluating of evidence to provide informed legal advice to the County Council’s departments, members and external clients.

•    Advising on complaints to the Information Commissioner and First Tier Tribunal.


Case Management

•    To manage cases in accordance with the SRA’s Code of Conduct, Lexcel, Office Procedures Manual, and Client Care Policy.

•    Determine and continually monitor cases in accordance with legal principles.

•    Liaison with external parties when required to protect and best represent the interests of the client. 

•    Using an electronic case management system to record time, key dates, risk checks, and complete other processes as required to comply with regulatory standards and codes.


Internal Communications

•    To regularly share information so as to contribute to the provision of an efficient legal service.
•    To attend and contribute to team meetings.


Development, Training and Supervision

•    To keep up to date with developments in the law, especially within the particular area of competence and to effectively support legal training workshops to County Council departments and external clients to contribute to the provision of a professional legal service.


Corporate & statutory initiatives

•    To ensure that all relevant corporate initiatives and legislation are considered in the provision of information law advice and action recommended to County Council departments.

•    To engage positively with the County Council’s Transformation to 2021 programme, assisting Legal Services and County Council departments to implement and further that programme.

•    To promote the Vision and Purpose of Hampshire Legal Services and the embedding of the principles of the Staff and Service Charters in service delivery, through personal conduct, communication and management.

Role Requirements:

Essential:

  • Qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or Legal Executive 
  • Good knowledge and recent experience of providing effective legal advice
  • Good drafting skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the concept of client care with evidence of having applied this in practice
  • Good self organisation, time and case management skills
  • Proven ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to work as part of a team and contribute towards overall service development
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment
  • Ability to travel throughout the County as required
  • Good knowledge and recent experience of providing legal advice in the areas of information law and/or public law (Required for the Senior Legal Adviser)

Desirable:

•    Professional Qualification in Data Protection (Desirable for the Senior Legal Adviser)

Working Conditions:

The following section provides an outline of the working conditions that may be encountered in this role. 

•    Display Screen Equipment use.
•    Manual Handling: Objects up to 5kg on a daily basis

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Record Check.

This role is politically restricted. 

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Janice Austin, Legal Team Leader on 01962 847349

 

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 


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