About the job

We are looking for a Solicitor with working knowledge of adult social care, probate and estates to join us at West Sussex County Council.

Salary: £41, to £44,.
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week).
Contract Length: Permanent.
Location: County Hall, Chichester. Working from home with occasional travel into the office required.

In this role you will work within the debt recovery team, you will be taking over an existing caseload. Your primary focus will be to provide clear and balanced advice on all aspects of debt recovery. You will run a mixed case load, drafting and issuing court proceedings and, where applicable, making applications to the District Probate Registry to protect the Council’s interests as creditor and to secure the recovery of sums owed.

In the role you will ensure that early and timely advice is provided to maximise the Council’s prospects of successfully recovering sums owed from personal representatives, or third parties who may have intermeddled in the estates of deceased customers and identifying cases involving deprivation of assets.

Reward and benefits

In addition to working within a great team and a brilliant opportunity to develop your career you will receive:

  • A competitive salary.
  • 29 days annual leave + bank holidays.
  • A generous pension scheme, 6.5% – 8.5% employee contribution.
  • Potential flexible working and condensed hours e.g. 9 day fortnight.
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring.
  • A strong supportive management team.
  • Up to 13 flexi days a year.
  • A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1, (Including: Argos, Samsung, ASOS, B&Q and many more).
  • Practising certificate funded.
  • Free access to employee assistance programmes.
  • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres.
  • Car benefit scheme.
  • A range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives
  • For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our page.

    Experience and Skills

    Key Skills:

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to guide and advise colleagues and clients, including their prospects of success or the achievement of aims.
  • Sound negotiation skills.
  • Competent research and review skills to interpret information and present your findings.
  • Good drafting skills to write legal documents including bespoke drafting on complex or specialist matters.
  • Ability to solve problems and to provide advice on reputational, political, financial and corporate risks.
  • Trust in your own initiative and take a pro-active approach in work.
  • Effective advocacy skills and the ability to present cases in a clear and concise manner.
  • Sound organisational skills and flexibility.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to have a flexible and adaptable approach.
  • Qualifications and/or experience:

  • Qualified solicitor.
  • Experience of debt recovery procedures, the administration of estates, the Civil Procedure Rules , the Debt Protocol and the Practice Direction on Pre-action Conduct.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering a quality customer focused service to others.
  • Significant experience in dealing with significant and diverse issues, working within the specialist field for the role.
  • Sound and accurate IT knowledge and proficiency with legal case management systems.
  • Further Information

    The reference number for this role is CRS.

    To apply, upload your CV and cover letter which should include why you think your qualifications and/or experience and/or skills makes you suitable for the role.

    There will be a regular requirement for periods of sitting to draft technical advice, letters, documents and reports, and a periodic requirement for lifting or carrying moderately heavy items such as case files. You will need to be able to work flexibly to meet the demands of the team. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.

    West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

    For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran’s Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our page.

    Note for Recruitment Agencies: We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a supplier list for when we need a helping hand. We’ll be in touch directly if we need you!

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