HEREFORDSHIRE Council is on the look out for senior lawyers that could net you nearly £60,000 a year.

Both the children and families, and planning and highways departments are recruiting, with the salary ranging from £52,212 to £57,904 a year.

The authority says the children's and families role, which closes on July 6, would suit someone who has experience relating to children's service duties and responsibilities from either a local authority or private practice.

The successful candidate should also be a qualified barrister, solicitor or legal executive with a minimum of three years experience.


"As a senior lawyer in our children and families team, you can take on career-defining work and effect widespread change for the children of Herefordshire," reads the job advert.

"This is an exciting and unique time for the authority as embrace change and develop strategic thinking and help shape a better way of working.

"We are interested in those who are keen to manage as well as those who would prefer to take on a more complex caseload without management.

"We offer the opportunity for career progression, in whatever form you want that to take.  You will be part of a team who strive for excellence and continuous professional growth, working in a supportive and flexible environment."

Herefordshire Council this week received a damning report highlighting significant failings in its children's services.

Published by an independent 'Families Commission', the report said that Eleanor Brazil, who was commissioned jointly by the Children's Commissioner, became aware of a number of families who had significant concerns about their experiences of children’s services, and the consequences for their families.

Herefordshire Council issued an apology following the report, with Darryl Freeman, director of children's services, saying that the council "will now look at the questions it raises, and explore with families how we can better work with them and meet their needs."

Meanwhile, the highways and planning role, which closes on July 4, would involve advice on large scale redevelop schemes, CPOs, listed buildings and land contasmination; drafting of S106 and highway agreements; planning enforcement work and planning/highway prosecutions; dealing wityh appeals and public inquiries.


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