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Paralegal/Legal Officer - Adult Social Care

Job Introduction

Staffordshire County Council is a modern, progressive, and forward-thinking authority that is ambitious and empowers its employees to be courageous and innovative in their approach.

Staffordshire Legal Services is a large in-house corporate legal team, offering a significant breadth of experience and expertise. We support and retain our lawyers, trainees and support staff by offering a wide variety of work, an extensive benefits package and offering training and mentoring to aide their progression. We want everyone to enjoy their work, feel challenged and appreciated for what they do and to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Staffordshire. People are often unaware that Legal Services support the Council to fulfil every function when delivering its agenda and priorities, in addition to the Staffordshire pension fund, and a wide range of external clients. This keeps the work interesting, challenging and often high value and high profile.

We genuinely recognise the benefit of achieving the right work life balance and our extensive package of benefits support this. Lots of organisations offer this however our staff survey reliably informs us that our work ethos truly delivers this. Our package includes a generous holiday entitlement, increasing significantly with service, and an additional annual leave purchase scheme. Flexible and term time only working where the teams can accommodate this, agile working, employee travel and entertainment discounts, a local government pension scheme, optional car lease scheme and a staff parking discount scheme. We also offer family friendly polices such as maternity, adoption, paternity, and parental leave.

Main Responsibility

A time-limited post created to specifically focus on;

  • Progressing a caseload of Deferred Payment Agreements within an Adult Social Care context.
  • Working as part of a designated team securing monies owed to the Council; liaising and taking instructions from the finance client, dealing with queries/challenges that arise and ultimately securing charges with the land registry.
  • Supporting the Adult Social Care Team with general administration if and when required
  • Ensuring strict adherence to the Staffordshire Legal Service’ quality standards (Lexcel)
  • Handling confidential data sensitively and securely in accordance with policy.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a Paralegal/Legal Officer with:

  • Strong organisational skills and a proficiency to record and monitor progress on existing excel spreadsheets (essential)
  • An ability to clearly, confidently, and effectively communicate and account to the client department (essential)
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to use own initiative (essential)
  • Effective time management, prioritisation skills and an ability to work under the demands of competing pressures (essential)
  • Experience of advancing Deferred Payment Agreements/Cautions and securing debt on behalf of a Local Authority (desirable)
  • A basic understanding of law relating to Adult Social Care (desirable)
  • Any experience dealing with Property/Wills/Trusts (desirable)
  • An understanding of the work done by this public sector service (desirable)

If you are unsure if your skills and experience are suitable or for any clarification on the role please contact Samantha Gibson, Senior Solicitor -

Interviews: 20 June 2024

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 


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