Lawyer (Housing), Open to flexible working
Hackney is London's most diverse and dynamic borough. Stretching from the edge of the City, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in the tech, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green space than any other inner London borough, some of the capital's best schools, and first class transport connections, which combined with excellent local public services and a thriving arts, cultural and retail sector, are fast making it one of London's most popular areas to live, work and visit. The challenge for Hackney is to make sure that the borough's economic growth provides benefits for everyone who lives here, and to create opportunities that will transform the lives of local people.
Hackney’s legal team enables and supports the council to provide an effective and value-for-money service. The borough’s housing lawyers provide clear, consistent and accurate legal advice to clients and undertake advocacy on behalf of the Council in courts and tribunals. An opportunity has arisen in the housing legal team for a qualified lawyer.
The position of housing lawyer carries great responsibility but also much variety and you will be expected to manage a caseload of routine and non-routine legal matters with the minimum of supervision. Advising one of the UK’s largest housing authorities is challenging but rewarding, and you will be joining a dynamic team of specialists.
Your daily workload will involve handling disrepair cases, unauthorised occupier and other possession claims and a variety of other housing litigation including homelessness and JRs. As part of the team’s possession case rota you will attend court on a regular basis. You may be asked to give advice on request for housing clients within the Council.
In order to be considered for the position of housing lawyer you must be a qualified solicitor, barrister or FILEX with extensive knowledge of housing law, in particular of public sector housing law, though it is not essential for you to have worked within a local authority.
You must have experience of advocacy and of researching and presenting cogent legal arguments. Your personal and professional demeanour must generate credibility and confidence.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact: Chima Obichukwu on 0208 356 4538.
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. It is essential that you include a supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role.
Closing date: Sunday 2 June 2019 (22:59 hrs)
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.