Childcare Solicitor

2 days left

£41,496-£52,658 (DOE)
24 May 2024
21 Jun 2024
Job Title
PQE Level
2-4, 5-7, 8-10, NQ
Contract Type
Full Time

We are working with a Local Authority in the Oxfordshire region looking for permanent Childcare Solicitors from upwards of NQ PQE level to join their department.


This is an excellent opportunity for you to achieve a genuine work /life balance whilst doing challenging and interesting work.  


The role offers a salary of £41,496 – £52,658 (DOE) and an excellent benefits package. This is a full – time position with the council operating on a flexible working environment.


About the position:


Childcare Lawyers are expected to undertake the following duties:

  • Provide advice, representation and undertake research relating to childcare matters, including public law care proceedings, adoption, and child protection and fostering
  • Carry your own caseload of matters in proceedings, pre – proceeding and complex matters with minimal supervision
  • Undertake advocacy on behalf of the Council, in the relevant courts and tribunals and inquiries as may be required
  • Draft all legal documents as required in the preparation of Court proceedings
  • Manage the relationship with external legal advisors appointed in connection with provision of legal advice related to the council
  • More experienced solicitors may be required support junior legal colleagues in their work and role modelling the quality of legal work required


About you:


The successful Childcare Lawyer will be an admitted Solicitor, Barrister or CILEX of England and Wales with a current practising certificate. You will be ambitious, a team player, driven by delivering a high-quality service, and have a positive attitude towards building relationships with social workers and your wider team. It is important that anyone joining the council is committed to this area of law and has a genuine enthusiasm for the work. The ability to work under pressure is imperative, be self-motivated, and able to work to deadlines. 

The Council value the delivering a great service to their clients and those employed by the council must demonstrate the ability to take responsibility, be kind, always willing to learn and exhibit equality and integrity in all your actions.


Previous childcare local authority experience is desirable. You will also need to be comfortable undertaking some advocacy.


Working through LAW Absolute

As the first recruitment agency to specialise only in placing interim lawyers, LAW Absolute has a long history in supporting lawyers who want to work flexibly and in control of their career.

We are able to offer our contractors a range of challenging opportunities across private practice, corporates, financial services and within the not-for-profit sector. With over 20 years of placing contract lawyers in these markets, we have built excellent networks and many of the lawyers that we work with are contract lawyers that we have successfully placed on multiple assignments, allowing them to work with autonomy and build their career in the way they choose to. For our clients, we have worked closely with legal teams to help them plan and manage delivery of their services in a more efficient way in terms of resources, costs and timescales.

To find out more about how LAW Absolute can assist you, or your team, through flexible working, please contact us or visit



Please note our advertisements use PQE/salary levels purely as a guide. However we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.




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