Principal Education Lawyer
Principal Education Lawyer
Salary: £57,750 - £72,060 per annum
Location: South East
About the Principal Education Lawyer Role:
Sellick Partnership are proud to be working with an exceptional shared legal services team in the heart of the South East. We are looking for a Principal Education Lawyer to join a large alternative business structure operating on behalf of public Sector Clients including local government. The role is to specifically work as part of a team in the provision of a professional legal service to a range of public sector and not for profit clients regarding SEN and education, ensuring awareness of and compliance with legal duties within client organisations and protecting their best interests.
Using a 'virtual' legal office, the organisation seamlessly deploy the capacity of their entire team to support all of their clients, wherever they are based. They offer the benefit of carefully developed business processes and the latest case management technology to ensure client matters are dealt with efficiently and expeditiously.
Having obtained and maintained LEXCEL accreditation, the Law Society's quality mark, their team ensures a level of resilience which is not deliverable within smaller teams. They are also excellent value for money - a key factor in their expansion.
Key Responsibilities of the Principal Education Lawyer role:
- To lead, direct, develop and improve the service to client organisations, predominately in the area of special educational needs to ensure the provision an excellent standard of client care and value for money
- To manage the activities of the team to include performance, caseloads and productivity, motivation and development, recruitment and selection and appraisals
- To manage a case load of complex cases, comprising mainly SEN Tribunal cases, with minimum supervision
- To undertake advocacy in case management hearings and final hearings in the first tier SEND Tribunal and to instruct counsel as appropriate
- To act as a point of contract on a variety of cases, to include taking instructions and giving advice, carrying out research, preparing applications, drafting documents and correspondence, commissioning and instructing expert witnesses, liaising with witnesses, attending meetings and providing advice and representation in courts or tribunals
The role will be a hybrid working arrangement and you will have the opportunity to work from 1 of their 3 offices in either Northampton, Bedford or Cambridge up to 2 days per week.
Benefits of the Principal Education Lawyer role:
- 1to1 Paralegal Support
- Local Government Pensions Scheme - considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates.
- Flexible working arrangements - we offer flexible hours and hybrid working which allows for remote working but we also require regular office attendance with the aim to give everyone a balanced work/life ratio.
- Financial support with ongoing CPD training within or outside the organisation of up to £2, 500 following probationary period, for example higher rights course
- Family Friendly policies including excellent Maternity, Paternity and Adoption entitlements
- A generous minimum annual leave entitlement of 25 days, plus public holidays. With the option to purchase more annual leave
We would be extremely interested in hearing from candidates with a private practice or public sector background.
How to apply for the Principal Education Lawyer role:
To apply, please submit your CV and/or cover letter via this page or alternatively, contact Lewis Dainty in the Sellick Partnership Manchester office.
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