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Fixed Term Legal Assistant (Litigation)


Employer West Lancashire Borough Council Reference HR1099
Published 29 March 2018  Closing date 12 pm Midday Friday 20 April 2018
Working Pattern Full Time  Hours 36
Salary £23,866 - £25,463 per annum  Disclosure Basic
Location 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk  Duration  Fixed Term until 31 March 2019

West Lancashire has a diverse economy with market towns, small villages and thriving commercial areas nestled alongside rural countryside.

The Borough offers a wide contrast between open farmland and small picturesque villages such as Burscough together with the larger vibrant market town Ormskirk.

Our largest town Skelmersdale is a hive of urban activity, combining thriving business districts, central and local shopping centres with plenty of green spaces and surrounding woodlands.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a lawyer with experience of a busy legal office and with a real passion and flair for advocacy within the Courts to join our small but forward-thinking and innovative Legal and Member Services team. A sound knowledge of civil or criminal litigation and court procedures is therefore essential for this role.

Working closely with experienced lawyers you will also provide advice and support across a range of legal matters for our client services with particular emphasis upon housing, planning, civil and criminal litigation and information governance matters. The post provides an excellent opportunity for career development.

You will be a good team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills and ideally hold a Law Degree or Common Professional Examination (Graduate Diploma in Law) qualification.

For an informal chat about these posts please contact Kay Lovelady, Principal Solicitor on 01695 585075.


Find out more about working for the Council by downloading our Recruitment Pack (Pdf, 1.48mb)

Download an Application Form (MS Word, 766kb)

Download an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (MS Word, 100kb) - This form must be submitted with every application. We use this information to check how effective our HR policies are and ensure that discrimination does not occur.

Completed application forms (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form) should be emailed to Recruitment@westlancs.gov.uk Please submit these documents in MS Word format.

If you are unable to return the application form by email, then you can send your completed application form to: West Lancashire Borough Council, Human Resources, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2DF.

If you cannot apply using the above application form, then please call 01695 577177 or email Recruitment@westlancs.gov.uk

All applications for vacancies should be submitted by the application method stated. Please note that we do not accept speculative CVs.

Please note that if you have not been invited to interview within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been successful at the shortlisting stage.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo security checks as part of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard for accessing Government records.  This will include a Basic DBS check.

Please be advised that a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with West Lancashire Borough Council.

Important advice about completing your application

Your completed application form plays an important part of your selection as it is the only basis for considering your initial suitability for the post.

The following advice should help you to complete the application form as effectively as possible:

  • Consider the contents of the Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form. Ask yourself why you are interested in the job. Don't copy the same application for a series of jobs.
  • Study the Person Specification carefully. This outlines the essential abilities/skills/experience and other requirements that are required for this job.  It also lists the desirable criteria that ideally we would like the candidate to possess to have the potential to develop.
  • Try to complete your application in a concise, well-organised and positive way.
  • Check for spelling or grammatical errors if this is important in the job that you are applying for, do not rely on spell check.

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Equal Opportunities

An Equal Opportunities Employer - Download our Equality Statement (Pdf, 84.2kb)