Oxford City Council
Summary The role We are Oxford City Council's in house legal practice operating at the heart of historic Oxford. We provide the full range of legal services to one of the most efficient, effective and ambitious councils in the country with high aspirations for the city. We currently have an opening for a for a Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduate to join Oxford City Council's in-house legal team.to train as a solicitor. We will support the successful candidate through their two year period of recognised training and the Professional Skills Course to admission as a solicitor.. The role is immediately available and offers an opportunity to experience a variety of legal specialisms in a local authority in- house environment including corporate governance, civil and criminal litigation, employment, environmental health, housing, licensing, planning, property and contracts. The training will enable an understanding of the practical implications of the law, development of legal skills, commercial and financial awareness, negotiation skills, drafting, advocacy and client care skills, in preparation for admission to the profession. We pride ourselves on our successful track record of training graduates in this role and are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual, with a commitment to excellent customer service to take up this opportunity and join our team. You should be a team player, be flexible in approach and be willing to get involved in all areas of work dealt with by the team and contribute to developing and improving the legal service. If you have passed the LPC are committed to delivering quality legal services, and think you would be quickly able to take responsibility for your own caseload then we want to hear from you. About us Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) 'Excellence in Innovation (General)' winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) 'Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System', and several 'Team of the Year' national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving 'Council of the Year' in 2015. With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide. We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service. How to apply More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site. Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please). For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848. Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Closing Date: 17 May 2019 Late applications will not be processed Interview Date(s): 10 June 2019 / 13 June 2019 For an informal discussion about the post please contact Lindsay Cane on 01865 252570 or email [email protected] We are an equal opportunity employer: We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic. Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency. Proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme About Disability Confident A Disability Confident employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria for the job as defined by the employer. It is important to note that in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. For more details please go to Disability Confident .