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About the job

Salary: £28,785 - £31,371 a year, pro rata
Hours per week: 18.5
Contract type: Fixed-Term (1 year)


Are you looking for an exciting role that offer new challenges everyday working within the Legal Services department? If yes, then this is the role for you!


As a Legal Officer, you will provide a broad range of prosecution and associated services in relation to low-level Housing Act offences and Breaches of the Housing Regulations, assist in providing other litigation support to all departments of the council; represent the council with advocacy for simple matters and conduct cases from instructions to completion.


In this vital role, you will review evidence relating to offences relevant to the post to determine whether evidential and public interest tests are met in line with the Council’s enforcement and other policies. Assist in developing procedures for sending instructions to Legal Services.

About you

This is a public facing role so you’ll need to show off your fluency in speaking and writing English.


Our ideal candidate must have demonstrable knowledge of relevant English Law, detailed knowledge of the Criminal Procedure Rules relating to prosecution of summary only offences and have the ability to conduct simple cases in the Magistrates Court, primarily in early hearings and/or guilty pleas.


Excellent communication skills are vital for this role, as you must be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with client departments, external legal advisers and court staff, with a high level of integrity, whilst able to deal with matters confidentially and sensitivity.


So if you think you could become an asset to the team, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to receiving your application

Benefits

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 10 days
- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- local government pension with generous employer contribution of 17.3%
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars
- Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing

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