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Senior Lawyer - SCT

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    Tower Hamlets

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    Up to £45 per hour

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    Eszter Katona

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    12 days ago

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Senior Lawyer - SCT- Tower Hamlets

This is an exciting time to join the council as we bring the old Royal London Hospital in the heart of Whitechapel back to life as our new town hall. Our well-resourced and Lexcel accredited legal team has a crucial role providing the full range and variety of expert services across all areas of the council's work.

We have also recently restructured our legal service which is now in the best position to meet the needs and aspirations that we share with our residents, and the wider community.

If you're an experienced and highly motivated legal professional looking for a fantastic opportunity to join our team, then we'd love to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities

You will be one of a team of lawyers dealing with Adults Social Care, reporting to the Principal Lawyer - (Safeguarding) Adults.

The work will predominantly be providing advice on and the conduct of cases involving adult social services issues including general advice to the client department in respect of their obligations under the Care Act 2014; advising on the Council's responsibilities to persons who have no recourse to public funds, dealing with matters arising under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including deprivation of liberty safeguards and conduct of Court of Protection cases; advising on the Council's responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983; dealing with both threats of and extant judicial review proceedings. The role will also offer the opportunity to undertake advocacy at the Court of Protection and County Court. The role will also involve children's judicial review work, so knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and other relevant legislation and guidance is required. Knowledge of the interface between adult social care and NHS duties, including continuing health care would be an advantage.

Skills and knowledge

Managing Court of Protection welfare cases
Mental health cases - s117 and nearest relative
Ordinary residence
Care Act assessments and finances
Experience of judicial review would be an advantage
Experience of S.17/20 of the Children Act would be an advantage
Experience of adults and family with NRPF would be an advantage


You must be a Qualified Solicitor/Barrister or Fellow of CILEX and hold a practising certificate.

Rate - up to £45ph Umbrella depending on experience