About the job

Salary: £32,233 - £34,728 a year
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

Our Social Service Legal Team are looking for a suitably qualified solicitor to assist in delivering a comprehensive legal service to Officers and Members of the Council as required to allow them to make decisions and achieve solutions to problems that comply with the law.

In this role you’ll be responsible for a personal legal social services caseload in relation to  child care and related matters.

About you

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

We are looking for someone who is computer literate, persuasive, who possesses analytical skills and can plan and organise their workload with minimal supervision.

You’ll have demonstrable knowledge of English Law, working knowledge of Childcare  Law and working knowledge of the Law of Evidence.

To be successful in this role some experience of advocacy before Courts and/or Tribunals in relation to childcare  cases is required.

Applicants must be solicitors or barristers qualified in England, (or have completed the academic and training stages for qualification) and, in the case of solicitors, hold (or be able to obtain) a current practising certificate or, in the case of Barristers enjoy (or be able to obtain) rights of audience under paragraphs 402.1(c) and 402.2 of the Code of Conduct for Barristers in England and Wales.

We are looking forward to receiving your application.



We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 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

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.