Role: Lawyer -Operational
Closing Date: 30th September
An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen to be part of the Joint Legal Services Team, which supports both West Midlands and Staffordshire Police Forces. We are seeking a Lawyer, specialising in Operational matters to join us to provide a comprehensive legal service to the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner for both Staffordshire and West Midlands Police.
- provide legal advice and assistance to the Chief Constable and other Chief Officers and the Police and Crime Commissioner
- advise and provide representation (including advocacy) in relation to legal proceedings and hearings
- have care and conduct of legal matters with a particular emphasis on civil preventative orders, and particularly the following:
- Operational policing applications for: Forfeiture of cash and Account Freezing Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Anti-social Behaviour Injunctions, Gang Injunctions, Football Banning Orders, Alcohol and Firearms Licensing, Forced Marriage Protection Orders, Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders, Slavery and Human Trafficking Risk Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Closure Orders, Stalking Protection Orders, Drug Dealing Telecommunication Risk Orders, Violent Offender Orders and Family Court disclosure matters
- provide advice, legal support and representation for both West Midlands Police and Staffordshire Police regarding operational matters and a wide range of other issues affecting the forces
- work with external legal services (including Counsel) where necessary in the most cost effective manner
- ensure that any ‘lessons learned’ are considered and fed back to the appropriate Force department and to Principal Lawyers.
Essential Skills and Experience
You must be a qualified, practicing solicitor or barrister and must hold a valid Practicing Certificate for England and Wales, or must be a Fellow of CILEx, and in addition be a CILEx Advocate/Litigator holding all three advocacy certificates.
You will have knowledge and experience of police related legislation such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984), and other important legislation governing the civil preventative orders such as the Sexual Offences Act 2003, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (not exhaustive).
In the role of Lawyer you will provide resilience for all work conducted for the wider Joint Legal Services in relation to all aspects and functions of its work, including being able to monitor and advise upon any legislative changes and other legal developments affecting the Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners.
As a clear and effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to work with a wide range of personnel across the two Forces and be able to demonstrate experience of advising on a range of complex police related matters.
With capability as an advocate before the Courts, you will have excellent analytical skills, first rate drafting skills, and be able to demonstrate sound and balanced judgement with good attention to detail.
Having significant knowledge and understanding of police law, you will have the ability to work under pressure, excel at meeting tight deadlines and have strong file management skills. Being tactically aware, you will also be able to evidence prior experience of providing legal advice to senior figures in an organisation, and have a constructive approach to problem solving.
In addition, you will be able to work autonomously or as part of a team, and capable of taking on new areas of work with minimal supervision. You will also be able to deal with sensitive and confidential information.
The role is based on 36.5 hours per week, where the post holder will be required to work out of both West Midlands and Staffordshire offices, depending on the demands of the service.
The post holder will be required to travel to locations throughout the Force areas and may be required to work at weekends and on Bank/Public Holidays on occasions.
The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate vetting.
Interviews to take place on the 14th & 15th October.
Application levels will be reviewed throughout the campaign and may be subject to early closure.
West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions. The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.
West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader – the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme – all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.
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