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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Solicitor to join our team

SEN Legal is a long-established specialist education and disability law firm with a national client base. We act on behalf of parents and young persons in SEND tribunal appeals, disability discrimination claims, deputyship applications and proceedings, powers of attorney, potential judicial review claims and proceedings and other related matters. We also advise on a variety of social care, and continuing healthcare matters.

SEN Legal also provide advice to schools and academy groups with regards to Ofsted, funding, consultations, contract terms, annual reviews and potential judicial review claims and proceedings.

Our solicitors provide training to schools and academies to make sure they are up to date on the law and know how to handle situations with Local Authorities. We also run training sessions and workshops for several charities and parent groups to ensure all parents can access the correct legal information irrespective of means.

Our Team

SEN Legal are a relatively small team made up of five solicitors, two trainee solicitors, four Paralegals, and five admin support staff. We are a small practice, with a very specialist focus in the area of law we cover, and clients can rest assured that they are in good hands. We operate a family-friendly type practice where everybody is listened to and can help to shape the future of our firm.

Due to our exceptional reputation and active engagement with our potential client base, we have fostered a healthy client in-take, with repeated incidences of return instructions over extended periods of time. As such, we are looking to expand our legal team, and ensure expertise in this niche area of law into the future.

Our team are split across two offices, one in Bury St Edmunds, and one in Cambridge. Bury St Edmunds is easily accessibly by car with ample parking, and Cambridge is easily accessible by train, being only 100 yards from the station.

We have a wealth of experience across the field of education, social care, and court of protection work. Our legal team have vast knowledge and skills to make sure clients know their rights and pursue their entitlement as efficiently as possible.

Your Role

You will join our team of Solicitors, headed by Senior Solicitor and Director, Hayley Mason.

You will be running your own caseload of education, social care and court of protection cases and will be responsible supervising paralegals and trainee solicitors. You will play a vital role in securing appropriate provision, placements and therapies for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

What Is Involved

  • Representing parents, carers, and young persons in education cases (including SEND Tribunal cases)

  • Supervising Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals

  • Providing exceptional client care

  • Managing your own caseload and providing support to the other Solicitors as required

  • Ensuring case review forms are kept up to date and Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals are passed vital information

  • Delegating work to the Paralegals wherever appropriate

  • Drafting legal documents and submissions

  • Making and maintaining relationships with external professionals, including expert witnesses, schools and specialist Counsel.

  • Delivering training both internally and externally.

What We Are Looking For

Below is a brief list of the attributes we are looking for in candidates:

  • A sharp and analytical mind

  • A diligent and methodical approach

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Excellent team working skills

  • An approachable and considerate nature

  • The ability to make your own decisions and take responsibility

  • Ability to use initiative

  • A flexible approach to work

  • Ability to prioritise work and respond to interruptions to planned workload

  • Ability to deal with urgent deadlines

  • Ability to stay calm under pressure

  • Experience working in education/public law or in a complimentary area where your skills are transferrable

  • Proven experience of handling your own cases.

What we offer

  • Generous salary commensurate with experience

  • 20 days annual leave, excluding bank holidays and extended time off over the Christmas break.

  • Remote working two days per week

  • Flexible working across our offices and shift patterns.

  • Opportunities to attend large scale marketing events such as the Dyslexia Show and the Autism Show, also to work with multiple charities and parent groups.

  • Pension scheme

  • Access to Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme

  • Reward incentives, including two separate bonus schemes paid out in the summer holidays and at Christmas (once probation has been completed)

  • Regular team building events and activities

  • Practicing certificate fully funded

  • Fully funded external training in complimentary areas of your choosing

  • Dog friendly offices

  • State of the art IT systems, with all hardware and software provided

Please send your application by way of a CV and covering letter to our Practice Manager, Kyra Harvey (kyra.harvey@senlegal.co.uk).

 

Region:

East of England (Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge Offices)

Position:

Solicitor

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

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