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To support the Force Solicitor in the provision of a comprehensive legal service to the Chief Constable, the Chief Officer Group and officers and police staff.
This includes handling, investigating and actioning claims against and on behalf of the Force and representing the Chief Constable to court hearings and tribunals.
1. Assists the Force Solicitor to provide legal support to the Chief Constable in the implementation of the Policing Plan and develops implements and monitors strategies to protect the Chief Constables Position at civil law.
2. Assists the Force Solicitor to provide legal representation to the Chief Constable in all legal proceedings in which the force Police has an interest, assesses the strengths of the Chief Constable`s position, recommends and develops an appropriate course of action and maintains care and conduct of the case.
3. Provides miscellaneous operational legal advice to the Force, including police powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Regulation of Investigative Powers Act 2000, the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996 and relevant Police Acts and Police Regulations.
4. Provides professional advice to senior management having regard to all legal issues affecting the Force both directly and indirectly in order to support an effective force wide strategy in the provision of legal services.
11. Identifies and reports on potential changes and improvements to business processes, structures and culture at strategic level and manages and directs key stakeholders to ensure changes are implemented in a timely and planned manner in order to realise the performance and business benefits for the Force.
12. Ensures that the Legal Services Unit provides a responsive, proactive and first class service to operational teams, where customer service, innovation and improvement are at the heart of the function.
13. Critically assesses and evaluates new legislation/development in law in order to identify at the earliest opportunity the legal implications for the Force in both the short and long term, so as to advise, promote, debate, contribute towards research and assist informed decision making.
14. Ensures the work of the Legal Services Unit meets quality standards in providing a service to internal and external clients of the Unit.
15. Represent the Force at national bodies and develops and maintains effective networks to ensure the force remains up to date and operates best practice in respect of a legal support service.
16. Lectures at various training courses, marketing the benefits of the Legal Services Unit to both police personnel and external bodies.
17. Performs such other duties as reasonably correspond to the general character of the post and are commensurate with its level of responsibility.
LLB (Hons) degree to second standard (or another degree to upper second standard if CPE has been passed with commendation).
Qualified Solicitor/Barrister or Legal Executive.
EXPERIENCE Police Solicitor job description
Knowledge and understanding of ECHR, civil procedure Rules, Licensing legislation, criminal law and Employment Law along with advocacy experience and rights of audience (minimum solicitors rights).
Experience in the conduct of Employment Tribunal claims.
Ability to manager a considerable and diverse caseload providing clear and legally tactically sound advice.
Ability to work in a highly pressurised environment and to be able to offer flexibility and advice within tight time constraints.
Must be a confident communicator who can manage relationships and is comfortable addressing conflict and resistance to change. Has excellent presentation skills being able to present to a varied audience in an appropriate manner. Demonstrates effective performance monitoring and review skills. Excellent organisation skills. Computer literate and competent in the use of relevant legal/management applications software.
DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, PLANNING Police Solicitor job description
Able to apply sound rationale and justify decisions made. Is willing to challenge the status quo and demonstrates a strategic approach to problem solving. Confident manner with the ability to gain credibility with others, influencing acceptance of new practices and procedures.
Proven ability to take ownership of workloads and work on an independent and team basis. Possesses political awareness, good judgement and a strong ability to anticipate and plan for future development and options. Demonstrates a logical and structured approach to work and demonstrates attention to detail. Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
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RESPONSIBILITY Police Solicitor job description
The postholder is responsible for:
providing legal representation and operational legal advice to the Force; Police Solicitor job description [cont]
representing the Force at court and tribunals on all legal issues affecting the Force;
instructing, when appropriate, counsel or agent solicitors representing the Force;
managing the performance, development, review and welfare of qualified staff within the solicitors section;
critically assess and evaluate new legislation that may have possible impact on the Force;
contributing to the efficient and effective management and improvement of the Legal Services Unit and the service it provides;
ensuring that risks to the Force, BCU/Branch which may affect its ability to provide business as usual now or in the future are identified and escalated to their line manager or local Risk Champion at the earliest opportunity.
citizen focussed policing means reflecting the need and expectations of individuals, colleagues and partnerships in decision making, service delivery and practice. The post holder is responsible for meeting the needs and expectation of individuals by providing appropriate help and advice, taking all concerns seriously and explaining what will be done to address them, including whether or not any further actions will be taken and why;
Maintaining a positive attitude towards equal opportunities developments and demonstrating consideration, understanding and respect in dealings with colleagues and/or members of the public, challenging inappropriate attitudes, languages and other forms of offensive behaviour a required.
DECISION MAKING Police Solicitor job description
Provides professional advice based on knowledge and experience on all legal issues in determining what represents the best interest of the force.
Reporting and influencing potential changes and improvements to business processes, structures and culture at strategic level and manages and directs key stakeholders to ensure changes are implemented in a timely and planned manner in order to realise the performance and business benefits for the Force.
Day to day decisions regarding the activities of the Legal Services Unit prioritising functions and requests for consultancy in accordance with Branch and Force objectives or prevailing initiatives and demands.
Makes day to day decisions regarding staff performance and welfare and decisions regarding the allocation/utilisation of resources.
5. Represent the Force at court and tribunals on all legal proceedings in order to meet operational needs and legal requirements. To instruct, where appropriate, counsel or agent solicitors to represent the Force.
6. Liaises with officers, police staff, solicitors, representative of other bodies and members of the public in order to effectively represent the interests of the Force.
7. Provides effective leadership and embeds a visible performance culture within the Legal Services Unit through the implementation and monitoring of a range of client focussed organisation and service development initiatives.
8. Supervises qualified staff within the Solicitors Section of the Legal Services Unit including completing performance Development Reviews, delegates work and tasks as appropriate, and where appropriate sets and monitors timescales for completion of that work.
9. Assists the Force Solicitor to produce and, regularly review a legal services marketing and communications strategy for the force which contributes to delivering key objectives.
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10. Advises on and scopes the potential for alternative service delivery options at a strategic level in order to assist with positioning the organization for improved future service delivery.