Join an exciting Legal Service
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
The Financial Litigation team is looking for a Legal Assistant specialising in debt recovery work for the Council. The person will have their own case load of work and will work under the supervision of the Principal Lawyer. The team has an excellent reputation for cutting edge work in adult social care fees and other interesting local authority debt related recovery and was the winner of the 2020 Legal Team of the Year by Lawyers in Local Government.
We are looking for an experienced Legal Assistant used to working in a busy office with strong organisational skills. The person should have some experience of issuing or defending small, fast or multi-track claims and knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules.
The person will need to prepare debt recovery cases including issuing claims, drafting settlement agreements, witness statements, preparing briefs to counsel and applications to the Country Court and Court of Protection under the supervision of the Principal Lawyer.
The person will also need to carry out searches of the Probate registry, Land Registry and Office of the Public Guardian. As part of the enforcement process, place and remove charges against the debtor’s property. In some circumstances and where appropriate, the person will need to attend court as an advocate.
Closing Date: 2nd November 2020 (23:00)
Assessment & Interview Date: To Be Confirmed
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on email@example.com. Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.