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Come and join us!

We are delighted that you might be considering joining nplaw. We offer a huge range of opportunities for you to develop your career and work on some exciting projects which benefit the community of Norfolk and beyond.

Any current job vacancies are listed below. If there are no advertised vacancies which would suit your skills, we would still be interested in receiving a speculative application from you. You can do this by submitting your CV and a covering letter to Nicky McDowell at nicky.mcdowell@norfolk.gov.uk. All applications will be considered in the strictest of confidence.

NEW VACANCY:
Senior Lawyer – Subject Lead (Dispute Resolution) 73281 SGJE

£49,008 to £54,111 per annum (Scale M)
37 hours per week
Permanent contract

Working as part of the nplaw wider leadership team, the core focus of the role will be involvement in overseeing the delivery of a first class, consistent legal service. Your responsibilities will include being involved in developing and defining the service we deliver, in particular using a strategic approach to ensure we continue to deliver high quality and cost-effective services. You‘ll support the Team Lead of the Dispute Resolution and Governance Team in managing a team of professional staff, which will include workload and priority management, as well as supporting your team as they learn and develop their skills. Your workload will involve dealing with interesting and complex cases, both as a point of escalation and also by managing your own case load.

To be considered for the role, you’ll need to be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or FCILEx, with membership of the relevant regulating body. You’ll need an expert level of civil law knowledge, in particular within the area of housing law, and will have proven experience managing and developing a team, and overseeing delivery. You’ll have experience contributing to the overall strategy of a legal service, along with demonstrable experience in client relationship management, and exceptional relationship building, networking and influencing skills.

FOR MORE DETAILS: APPLY: Senior Lawyer – Subject Lead (Dispute Resolution) 73281 SGJE

All our previously office-based roles are currently working from home as part of our Smarter Working plans and to support the health and safety of all our colleagues. Once offices re-open, your main office base will be County Hall in Norwich but we anticipate that remote or hybrid working will be a key feature of most of our roles Our technology platform and equipment are first class, enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We ask that you have in place good Broadband connectivity.

There are so many good things about working for nplaw that we can’t list them all here! We offer flexible working (including part-time, flexi-time and working from home), staff benefits and amazing colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of our employees’ stories can be read here >

We offer training and development opportunities for all our staff at whatever stage of their career and a structured induction process.

Our colleagues tell us that they particularly like:

  • the great work-life balance that their roles afford them, with flexible start and finish times
  • the quality of work that we offer and the opportunity to work on interesting, high impact, high value projects
  • the security of the local government pension scheme
  • the emphasis that we put on everyone’s well-being, from having several members of staff trained as Mental Health First Aiders, each team having a Well-Being Champion and free access to Norfolk Support Line which offers counselling and support for all employees.

Norfolk is a lovely place to live and work in. For more information about the county, please visit the Norfolk County Council website https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobs-training-and-volunteering/living-and-working-in-norfolk

Trainee Solicitors

We have a very successful trainee solicitor programme and usually have five trainee solicitors at any one time. Our training contracts are flexible and tailored to the interests of the individual trainee, ensuring that they have every opportunity to refine and develop their professional skills they will need in order to practise as a solicitor, within the framework required by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. We are not currently recruiting, as all our places are filled until 2023. Any training contract positions will be shown here.

Our current trainee solicitors have been talking to us about their experiences >

Work experience

In previous years we have been very keen to offer work experience to undergraduates and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in law. Since March 2020, our staff have been working from home and, regrettably, we will not be offering individual work experience placements for the foreseeable future.

We understand that work experience for students is vital so, in June 2021, nplaw welcomed 36 students for its first ever virtual work experience week. It was a resounding success, with speakers covering different areas of law, insights into career pathways and groups workshop activities. We hope to repeat this in the summer of 2022.

Please enjoy these blogs which were shared by some of the attending students:

nplaw VWE blog – Leah Harris July 2021

nplaw Blog Post Nicolette Keaveney

 

What’s it like to work at nplaw?

We asked some of our lawyers and trainee solicitors what it’s like to work at nplaw and this is what they told us…