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    Up to £25 per day

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Assistant Solicitor/Legal Executive- Basildon

The objective of the Solicitor to the Council Service is to provide a highly efficient and cost-effective legal service to facilitate the lawful exercise of the Council's functions and the achievement of its policies and objectives and at all times to safeguard the interests of the Council and propriety in the exercise of its functions.

Some activities of the service are carried out in fee-earning teams responsible for litigation, regeneration, property and contracts work under the overall supervision of the Solicitor to the Council.

There is also an Information and Support team who are responsible for the administration of Ombudsman enquiries, vexatious complainants & responses to requests made under the Data Protection/ Freedom of Information Act. This team also supports and assists fee-earners.

Our approach to the practice of law is based on a friendly and open style of working and a determination to avoid unnecessary complexity. We are committed to achieving the objectives of our clients by finding solutions to their problems in a professional, courteous and efficient manner. We believe in an innovative and energetic approach to the practice of law, placing particular emphasis on personal service, speed of response, value for money, accessibility and the highest standards of professional excellence.


Will undertake legal work of various types in accordance with his/her level of skill, experience and qualifications and be accountable to the Litigation Manager who will be responsible for allocating work and supervising work in progress. Fully comply with the office procedures and practice and will be expected to work to the stated objectives of the service. The individual will be expected to satisfy the objectives and behaviours at the appropriate level.


1. Undertake legal research and advising client services and Members of the Council on casework and other issues, interpretation of new and existing legislation and case law including their effect on the implementation of Council policy as required.
2. Evaluating facts and evidence and advising service clients on strengths and weaknesses of proposed actions and, where appropriate, advising on compromise.
3. Assessing when Council's opinion maybe required and instructing as necessary.
4. Draft committee reports, attend and advise regulatory committees or other Member meetings as required and participate fully in working groups, to ensure that the Council is well informed and Legal Services effectively represented.
5. To assist in establishing and maintaining efficient working practices within the two legal teams, setting up all requisite case management systems, information database and common form documentation. Making the most efficient us of the information technology available to enable quick and efficient management of caseloads and to facilitate the proper costing and allocation of professional time and the maintenance of statistical data.
6. Drafting particulars of claim, statements of case and information as required.
7. The preparation of cases for presentation in civil and criminal courts and at public inquiries/tribunals. Advising as appropriate so as to ensure that the Councils case is capable of being effectively presented.
8. Acting as advocate in cases in the Magistrates Court, County Court, High Court and at public inquiries and tribunals as directed.
9. Defending legal proceedings brought against the Council as required including judicial review, statutory appeals or other legal challenges.
10. Assist in the supervision and training of legal and other staff as appropriate in order to achieve productive and motivated staff and to secure the best use of available resources. This includes preparing and delivering training courses for clients and other team members.
11. Securing the recovery of costs where the Council is successful in complex litigation, which may involve detailed assessments.