Senior Lawyer - Adult Social Care - Devon County Council

Client: Devon County Council


Salary: £43,857 - £47,841 per annum (including an attractive relocation up to £5,000)

Closing date: Monday, 01 November 2021 00:00

Senior Lawyer Vacancy (specialising in Adult Social Care)


Employer: Devon County Council


Team: Legal Services


Work Location: County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD


Salary: £43,857 - £47,841 per annum (including an attractive relocation up to £5,000)


Job term: Permanent


Hours: Full time 37 hours per week


Devon County Council is looking for an experienced and motivated Adult Social Care Lawyer to join the Legal Services team on a permanent contract.


The role will deal primarily with Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards challenges and Mental Capacity Act decision-making but the successful candidate will also be required to assist in other areas of Adult Social Care including Ordinary Residence disputes, Care Act duties and Mental Health Act matters.


About the role


The successful candidate will oversee the whole process of each case from pre-proceedings through to completion of the final hearing. It’s fast-paced and hard work at times, but having such a significant influence means you’ll play a huge role in ensuring successful outcomes for the vulnerable adults concerned. Your contributions will help to ensure vulnerable adults living in Devon are supported to live as independently as possible. We’re looking for someone who can hit the ground running so experience in Adult Social Care law is essential. Local authority experience is not necessary.


About you


You will be a practising solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and have demonstrable post-qualification legal experience. Local Government experience is not essential but some experience of advising on the Mental Capacity Act is required for this post.


What we can offer you


Working in a public sector legal environment offers many advantages over private practice. There are no billing targets and our flexible working policy enables some flexibility in working hours, along with the possibility of some homeworking when suitable – ensuring that you are able to maintain a positive work-life balance.


Aside from the fulfilling day job, we offer an attractive package of benefits, including:

·         21 days' paid annual leave (rising with length of service), plus bank holidays and three additional days over the Christmas Period

·         Access to the attractive Local Government Pension Scheme (more details can be found here)

·         Flexible working opportunities, including flexitime and homeworking opportunities (when suitable)

·         Personal development opportunities

·         Access to Perks at Work and Devon Discounts schemes, offering a fantastic array of savings and discounts at local and high-street brands


Above all, you will be supported by colleagues with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from, not just from within the legal team, but also from across the departments it serves.


One of the best things about working for Devon County Council is the opportunity to work and make a real difference in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.


Devon is one of the largest counties in the UK, and the only one to have two coastlines. It has a wonderful variety of landscapes and activities to enjoy, and has good transport links to the rest of the country. Whatever your interests, Devon has something for everyone


As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat with top-performing schools, universities, vibrant cities, pretty villages and some of the most scenic coast and countryside in the UK.  Living and working in Devon as a Lawyer has never been more attractive, and we’re offering a relocation package with this post.


To find out more about our legal services, working for the council and why relocate to Devon, please go to


Additional information


This role requires a DBS disclosure.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.


Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.


Happy to Talk Flexible Working.