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Senior Advocate

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County Hall, Matlock
Salary details
Grade 13 £46,363 - £50,006 per annum plus £5,000 market supplement & benefits package
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 hours per week
Closing Date
28 July 2024

Working in local government is a highly satisfying and rewarding experience in so many ways, and you will enjoy an excellent range of benefits at Derbyshire County Council.

We recognise that our workforce is our greatest asset, and we are currently looking for inspired and proactive people to join our Family, Safeguarding and Education Team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Legal department for an enthusiastic and committed individual to work as a Child Protection Senior advocate within our busy yet friendly team of Lawyers and Legal Assistants.

On a day-to-day basis you will be advising and representing Childrens Services on matters of child protection including adoption. Your workload will be varied but advocacy will be integral to this role as you will be primarily undertaking Court work.

You will need to be proficient in using IT software, and have good organisational, motivational, and interpersonal skills to ensure the continued delivery of an efficient and effective service by the legal department.

The Job and Person Specification contains full details of the skills and experience you need to have for the role.

In return for your commitment, we offer you:

  • 27 days of annual leave plus another 5 once you reach 5 years of continuous service, plus 8 bank holidays.
  • Good work/life balance including Flexi time, allowing up to an additional 2 days of leave per month
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • A supportive team environment including an allocated legal assistant and a supportive administrative team
  • Generous local government pension scheme
  • Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
  • Access to a comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts at selected county leisure centres
  • and much more!

Legal Services are contractually based in Matlock, Derbyshire, but as part of our Modern Ways of Working programme we are currently working on a hybrid basis. As flexible workers, you will be able to work from home. It is a requirement that you will be able to work in the office once per week, attend face to face Court hearings predominantly in Derby and Chesterfield, and meetings, where necessary.

We're always pleased to hear from talented people so if you're looking to join a dynamic team and have the skills and experience, we're looking for, then we'd like to hear from you.

We’re recruiting to other vacancies in our Legal Team to information about these vacancies click here.

After reading the documentation supplied you would like to have an informal chat about this role, get in touch with Linzi Olney (Linzi.olney2@derbyshire.gov.uk), Jeanette Bloor (jeanette.bloor@derbyshire.gov.uk) or Angela Baldwin (Angela.Baldwin@derbyshire.gov.uk)

 Provisional Interview Dates:  12 and/or 15 August 2024


Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here


We are accepting CVs for this position so it’s easier than ever to apply! Just click on “Apply for this job”, register and upload your CV.

This role currently offers hybrid working options which will be to subject service needs, there'll be an opportunity to discuss working arrangements for this position at interview.