Childcare Solicitor

Role profile: Role Profile Level 4
PQE: 1 year +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm (including working from home))
Division: Litigation, Transaction and Advisory
Team: Social Care and Governance
Location: Liverpool
The Firm

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.

The Department

The Regulatory Department is very diverse, offering a broad range of expert advice to healthcare professionals facing possible criminal and professional regulatory sanctions, Trusts and organisations on issues such as best interest decisions to DPA requests and inquests, as well as organisations and individuals facing Healthy & Safety, criminal and other regulatory prosecutions.

The role

We are currently recruiting for a Solicitor or  Associate up to 10YRS PQE to join our Social Care & Governance team in either Leeds, Liverpool or Manchester

The sucsesseful candidate will manage own caseload, and assist others with their caseloads, of childcare cases on behalf of local authority clients.


To work as In-house Advocate of childcare cases on behalf of local authority clients with Paralegal support

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Manage own caseload of childcare cases, providing advice and representation to clients
  • Assist other members of the team with their caseloads of childcare cases
  • Conduct legal proceedings before the courts and tribunals, including advocacy
  • Attend off-site visits and meetings, such as Court Hearings, clients’ offices etc
  • Assist the team and wider department with the development of the regulatory practice
  • Carry out and attend marketing and business development activities and events
  • Ensure relevant deadlines, quality measures and KPI are adhered to
  • Comply with relevant policies and procedures
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role.


The person specification
  • Solicitor or associate, experienced in childcare law either in-house or in private practice
  • Experience of conducting advocacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Flexible approach
Other Information

Please note:

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.


  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.


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