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Trainee Solicitor - 2 posts

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/07/2019 23:59
£21,589 - £23,836 pa
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Employment Location:
County Hall, Morpeth
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Job details 

Closing date:
23 Jul

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This job is closed for applications.

Further information

The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service
The Council’s in-house Legal Services team is responsible for the delivery of high quality advice to the Council’s members and officers and we are looking to recruit 2 Trainee Solicitors to enhance this team. The team provide advice on a range of matters affecting Local Government such as children’s and
adult social care, contracts and procurement, conveyancing, planning, administrative law, highways, environmental, licensing and a range of litigation.
We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals who have, or will have, successfully completed the Legal Practice Course by July 2019, and who are passionate and committed to the prospect of working in Local Government.

The role
This is a two year fixed term full time training contract, which involves undertaking at least three seats within legal services during which time you will gain experience and training in a range of interesting and challenging contentious and non-contentious work. We will provide the opportunity for experience and development in the following areas:
Legal research.
Advocacy before the courts.
Communication skills and the provision of legal advice.
Drafting of legal documents.

You will have:-
- a 1st class or 2:1 Honours degree in law or non-law and have completed the Legal Practice Course before commencing traineeship
- 3 ‘A’ levels (Grade A or B) and 5 GCSEs or recognised equivalent including Maths and English (Grade C or above),
- knowledge of English Law and procedure

We are offering:
A starting salary of £21,589 with increment after one year
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
Flexible working arrangements
A dynamic and supportive environment in which to complete your training contract.

Essential requirements:
Be able to meet the transport requirements of the post.

Please note that successful applicants must be able to attend an interview in the week beginning the 5th August 2019 or as otherwise notified

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Claire Coe (Trans HR Support Officer) claire.coe01@northumberland.gov.uk We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

For further information, please contact Lynsey Wafer, Principal Lawyer (Child Care) (Tel: 01670 623295) or Helen Lancaster (Corporate Governance) (Tel:01670 623323) for an informal discussion

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please contact Louise Gourlay or email (Tel: 01670 623119 or
email: hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk )

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