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Senior Legal Adviser HCC274286

Job Details:

Salary Range: £41,562 - £46,776 per annum, plus market supplement of £4000 per annum
Work Location: Elizabeth II Court, Winchester (Hybrid Working)
Hours per week: 37
Contract Type: Permanent / Temporary (negotiable for the right candidate in line with operational needs)
Closing Date: 30 January 2022
Interview Date: 10 February 2022



Supporting the Safeguarding Children’s team, our close-knit group of 16 enjoy working with Children’s Services to ensure vulnerable children in Hampshire are protected. Join our team with this unique opportunity.


We currently have a legal adviser role (Solicitor, Barrister or FILEX) available within our friendly team, with the remit of providing advice relating to all aspects of care proceedings and adoption, including advocacy. Our roles offer the unique level of support that comes with working within this team and Hampshire County Council generally and provides a valuable opportunity to further your career in our well-respected team.

As a legal adviser, you will hold a complex case load, advising Children’s Services directly on legal aspects of this specialised area of law, and how best to present cases to Court. Working with both council colleagues and external third parties, you will take responsibility for these cases, ensuring resources have been allocated appropriately and that statutory commitments are being met.

Our commitment to delivering an exceptional quality of life to our residents also extends to our employees. It is important to us that our staff feel supported in their work. We offer a variety of flexible working options and furthermore, you will benefit from a competitive salary, a generous holiday allowance and access to a desirable pension scheme.


The work is varied, important, and fundamental to the County Council’s corporate priorities, so you will need to be highly resilient and motivated.  Previous experience is not necessary if you are highly motivated and share our passion in delivering the best for vulnerable children within the Hampshire area, working within a strong team with a genuine sense of community. Applications are welcomed from those newly qualified or wishing a change in specialist area.


We can offer great flexible working options for this role; as we have invested heavily in various technologies to support ongoing remote working options. This role is partly carried out remotely but some office-base working will be required to support business needs

Additional Information:

Senior Legal Adviser Job Description and Person Specification


Please note this post is Politically Restricted.

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Check. 

Contact Details for an Informal Discussion:

Rebecca Butler, Legal Team Leader on 03707 798821 or Rebecca.Butler@hants.gov.uk


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.


In order to combat discrimination, 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 Requirement (GOR) applies.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.



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