Legal Assistant

Revised FBC3

Have you got what it takes to drive and support change across two ambitious, innovative and transforming Councils?

The Southampton and Fareham Legal Services Partnership is an outcome focused service recognised for its dedication to improving the communities in which we live and work and delivering professional excellence. Winner of the Lawyers in Local Government Awards ‘Project Team of the Year’ in 2017, winner of Legal Team of the Year in 2018 and a finalist for Legal Team of the Year in 2020, we are growing and currently have an exciting opportunity for a Legal Assistant to join the partnership.  

This post will provide support to the team’s lawyers and to provide legal advice to Members and Officers of both Council’s. The post will primarily sit within the People and Courts Team and in particular, undertake legal work on Adult Social Care and Housing Team. This area of work will include private and public sector housing, trespass, antisocial behaviour, education, court of protection and mental health.

The post holder will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be a great team worker, who is able to work under supervision and able to work with the competing demands of the team. The post holder must have an excellent level of IT literacy skills. The post will suit someone who is motivated and keen to progress and develop their legal skills in an environment where we are committed to supporting personal development through apprenticeships, qualification by alternative means as well as excellent in-house pastoral support alongside more traditional routes to legal qualifications.

Essential Qualification: a qualifying Law Degree/CILEx Level 6 (Legal Assistant) or a qualifying degree or equivalent and evidence of prior experience working in a legal services environment to meet the requirements for registration as an Apprentice Paralegal (Apprentice Legal Assistant).

Desirable skills and experience: previous experience working in a Local Government legal department or private legal practice or other Local Government department.

For further information about this role please view the job description.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received, therefore please apply as soon as you can.

Contact details for informal discussion:

If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact Claire Elton, Senior Solicitor, Legal and Governance on telephone 02380 832426 or

Additional information:

  • The post requires a standard DBS check.
  • For any posts that require a DBS check, if you have lived outside the UK within the last 5 years, you will be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or a police certificate from the country/countries you have resided in. Kindly note that this is at the expense of the candidate, as well as any costs involved for translating into English.
  • Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours).  
  • It is usual for successful candidates to start at the bottom of the pay grade.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

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