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Solicitor Consultant

Type: Temporary
Location: Belfast
Salary: £53,021

This is a temporary role for up to 1 year covering maternity. 



The Solicitor Consultant will assist in the provision of legal services to a range of clients within Health and Social Care Northern Ireland. The post holder will provide advice, representation and legal support to HSC clients primarily in the area of family law. He/she will provide these services in accordance with the standards established by the Chief Legal Adviser and the Organisation’s Service Level Agreements with its clients.






Family law

1.Provide specialist timely advice, including emergency advice, to clients regarding Public Family Law. This will require a detailed knowledge of the relevant law including The Children (NI) Order 1995, the Adoption (NI) Order 1987, and obligations under the ECHR, Judicial Review and Common Law powers including Declaratory Orders and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

2.Maintaining personal responsibility for progressing a case load in any court throughout Northern Ireland. This will include:

- the provision of initial advice at the outset;drafting pleadings including Threshold criteria, c2 applications, letters of instruction, legal submissions and other court documentation as required.

- Assisting clients prepare for Courts.

- Clarifying instructions and acting on those.

- Appearing personally to present evidence and legal arguments to the Court, or occasionally instructing Counsel to do so, all to ensure that the interests of clients and public funds are adequately protected.

- Providing the client with a timely emailed summary of each review/hearing to include further directions.

3.Assist colleagues including covering cases in all courts as required; to actively participate in group emails requesting consideration of legal issues and sharing relevant information and precedents.

4.To provide advices and training for HSC clients and other staff within DLS, as required on relevant legal issues and to provide written updates on relevant legal developments as required.

5.To act as Legal Advisor for an Adoption Panel.

6.To participate, advise and assist in projects; pilots and working groups in relation to development of policy and good practice relevant to this area within the HSC sector.

7.Provide specialist advice/representation for potential and actual judicial review associated with Public Family Law.


B.Other duties will include a mix of the following:-

(a) Ensure that a high quality of legal service is delivered by clients by planning and organising the schedule of his/her own work in accordance with the operational requirements of their own and their Teams’ allocated client base in co-operation with the Chief Legal Adviser, and other Team members and with colleagues in relation to general or specialist group work, using his/her initiative, professional skills and organisational acumen.


(b) Will, as required, complete sufficient training and self-development to meet the requirements laid down by the Law Society in terms of Continuous Professional Development.



(c) As an Officer of the Court will have a direct individual professional obligation to the courts. The job holder also has direct individual professional responsibility and accountability to the Law Society.


(d) Work in close association with Solicitors and support staff within DLS, sharing information and experience and participating in the development of the various sections to enable the Directorate to enhance its expertise and meet present and future demands and expectations of clients in the most efficient and effective way.



(e) Participate in lectures, seminars and at Conferences organised by DLS and other bodies speaking to groups of HSC staff in order to develop the knowledge and level of training of HSC, Board, Trusts and Agencies in relation to legal topics relevant to HSC in Northern Ireland.


(f)Provide clients on a regular basis and as requested with accurate legal risk rating assessments in respect of their claims portfolios and estimates of projected settlement and expense values to support clients in the preparation of their annual financial performance budgets.


2. The Solicitor Consultant will assist in the training of administrative staff.


3. The Solicitor Consultant will ensure that all staff are treated in accordance with the Organisation’s core values, policies and procedures.


4. The Solicitor Consultant may be required to participate in the Out-of-Hours Duty Rota, at the discretion of Senior Management.


5. The Solicitor Consultant will participate as required by the Chief Legal Adviser in management issues in particular the Directorate’s Quality Initiatives.


6. The Solicitor Consultant will participate in the Directorate’s Performance Management procedures


7. The Solicitor Consultant will participate where necessary in job rotation arrangements/movement within the Directorate as required by service delivery requirements.


8. The Solicitor Consultant will undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time by the Chief Legal Adviser.


Essential Requirements


  1. Demonstrate at least 5 years post qualification experience, within the last 7 years.


Demonstrate experience in providing Legal advice and representation in the area of public family law.

  • Have extensive experience in the family proceedings court 
  • Have recent experience with public law Children's Order cases representing parents or GALs
  • Be capable of running large complicated case loads including running contests without Counsel in the family proceedings court.   
  • Be a Solicitor eligible to practise in Northern Ireland, at the time of the application. 

Please email your CV in Microsoft word format to Stephen Crawford by clicking on the link.


Applicants must ensure their CV is accurate and up to date. The CV should include your full employment history inclusive of dates, all academic achievements and full personal contact details.


Please note only applicants that match this criteria can be considered for the role.


Apple Recruitment Services is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Apple Recruitment Services is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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