Education Solicitor NQ - 6 years PQE

Salisbury

We are looking to expand our Education Team to include a Solicitor with approximately NQ - 6 years PQE in the field of Education Law.

The Position

Wilsons advises a range of educational establishments, predominantly Independent Schools and Academies. Clients include a number of Charitable Trusts, charities, Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and Single Academy Trusts (SATs).

Responsible to: Stephen Oxley, Partner (Head of Education)

Key Objectives and Responsibilities

  • Advise on Education Law issues for both Independent Schools and Academies.
  • Have an understanding of the legislative framework for Independent Schools, including: The Education (Independent School Standards Regulations) Regulations 2014; National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools; Education Acts.
  • Have an understanding of the legislative framework for Academies, including: Education Act 1996, School Standards and Framework Act 1998, Education Act 2002, Education Act 2005, Education and Inspections Act 2006, Children, Schools and Families Act 2010.
  • Advise Head teachers, Bursars, CEOs, Finance Directors, Senior Leadership, Trustees, Governors and School Business Managers on the following range of issues:
    • Safeguarding
    • Admissions
    • Exclusions
    • Bullying
    • Parental Complaints
    • Equality Act 2010 and discrimination claims
    • Special Educational Needs and Disability
    • Academy conversion projects
    • School inspections
    • Drafting School Policies and Parent/School Contract documentation
    • Governance and constitutional issues
    • Compliance with regulatory requirements and statutory guidance
    • How to conduct internal panel hearings
    • GDPR and data protection

 

Responsibilities

  • File opening and management
  • Managing own caseload with minimal supervision
  • Provide high quality legal advice to clients (written and oral)
  • Meet deadlines
  • Provide excellent client service
  • Meet billing and time recording targets
  • Comply with other financial disciplines 

Person Specification

Qualifications 
Qualified solicitor, entitled to practice in England and Wales Approximately NQ - 6 years of post-qualification experience 

Experience
A broad range of experience would be beneficial, particularly in relation to the following:

  • Advising Education clients, such as schools and charities
  • Contentious work, including First-Tier Tribunal claims
  • Non-contentious work, including policy drafting and review
  • Transactional work, such as academy conversions
  • Operational work, such as advising on safeguarding matters, dealing with complaints from parents, admissions and exclusions issues
  • Advising on the GDPR and data protection issues in schools Experience in Charity, Employment and/or Commercial law background with an interest in the Education sector would be considered.


Experience in Charity, Employment and/or Commercial law background with an interest in the Education sector would be considered.

Skills 
Wilsons offers clients: flexible fee arrangements; advice, training and guidance; support with implementing advice; a personal service that is tailored to the client; consistently high quality advice; and a prompt service. The following skills are required:

  • High standard of client care
  • Demonstrate a commercial approach in the handling of client matters
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage matters and relationships with clients in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate an ability to work on your own initiative (whilst accepting appropriate supervision)
  • Attend legal and skills training programmes to continuously improve your skills and knowledge
  • Participate in Business Development, including assisting with organising firm events and conference


Competencies

  • Positive
  • Proactive
  • Conscientious
  • Good communicator
  • Commercial awareness
  • Team player
  • Methodical
  • Analytical
  • Flexible
  • Attention to detail
  • Confident Business Developer
  • Support the firm's culture and values
  • Appreciates the importance of client care
  • Competent IT skills/literacy
  • Committed 

Hours of Work 
9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Benefits 

  • 27 days holiday
  • Life assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Optional benefits


Location 
Salisbury

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