Role: Solicitor Litigation
Hourly rate: between 35 to 40 an hour
Hours a week: 36 hours a week, full time
Contract length: 3 months
Reporting into: Head of Legal- Litigation
Job purpose: To provide high quality legal advice on litigation related matters in particular housing management and landlord & tenant contentious matters to X and its Group partners. To draft legal proceedings, witness statements and pleadings as instructed and carry out advocacy (excluding trials) as required across all X regions. To prepare and provide effective training as required on a variety of housing law issues to colleagues.
1 To provide legal advice and assistance housing management and landlord & tenant matters. To include conducting efficient and effective litigation to include but not limited to, anti-social behaviour injunctions; anti-social behaviour possession claims; committal applications; tenancy fraud possession claims; access injunctions; housing disrepair claims; prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act; applications to the Court of Protection and money claims, briefing Counsel and/or conducting advocacy where appropriate in order to protect the interests of X and its Group partners.
2 To assist and provide advice on other contentious matters.
3 To assist with instructing external solicitors for matters that cannot be dealt with in-house
4 To assist in developing the in house legal provision to meet the needs of X and its Group partners.
5 To ensure that legal work is carried out in house where this is more cost effective including preparing and drafting all own pleadings to include but not limited to, notices of seeking possession; claim forms; particulars of claim; defences; reply to defences; part 20 counterclaims; injunctions; committal applications, witness statements; case summaries; lists of issues; chronologies and trial bundles . Ensure communication between instructing officers and the legal team is effective and efficient.
6 To develop and implement processes and procedures to ensure the efficient and effective provision of housing management and other litigation services and advice on landlord & tenant law including the provision of witness support in particular to those witnesses involved with anti-social behaviour cases which includes out of office hours
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
? Qualified solicitor or barrister.
? Experience of undertaking housing management litigation casework, particularly for housing associations or other public sector bodies.
? Experience of conducting litigation including advocacy
? Excellent IT skills in particular Microsoft Office suite and Outlook.
? Ability to present information in a variety of forms to a high standard, including excellent verbal and written communication skills.
? Excellent legal drafting skills
? The post holder will be party to highly confidential and sensitive data and the ability to maintain confidentiality is of the utmost importance.
? Conveys confidence in own ability, decisions and actions and takes personal responsibility for the consequences.