About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for two enthusiastic and highly motivated Lawyers to join our brand new organisation.  Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles.  We were established by statute and the law is the thread running through our regulatory functions.  This means that much of what we do as the regulator stems from our legislation – The Children and Social Work Act 2017 and the Social Workers Regulations 2018.

This is a unique opportunity to use your skills and expertise to ensure that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life. You will be led by the Senior Regulatory Lawyer and provide sound legal advice across our organisation, particularly to our fitness to practise and registration and quality assurance directorates.

What will you do?

  • Work closely with the fitness to practise and registration directorates, providing advice in relation to triage, case progression and interpretation of our statutory framework.
  • Ensure that our decisions are legally robust by identifying legal risks early and work with other teams to ensure that those risks are managed appropriately.
  • Review case outcomes and share learning and good practice with colleagues.
  • Provide advice on internal policies, procedures and processes and ensure legal compliance.
  • With support from other members of the legal directorate, particularly the Senior Lawyer (Regulatory), undertake complex casework and policy development work.
  • Develop strong relationships throughout the organisation, using your legal expertise and knowledge to provide solutions-focused support.
  • Support the legal directorate to deliver its objectives, including the delivery of training and legal awareness.
  • Deal with case related correspondence and communications ensuring
  • appropriate recording of relevant information within established systems.
  • Participate in project teams and working groups as necessary to further the work of the legal directorate and the objectives of Social Work England.

What are we looking for?

  1. Appropriate qualifications and experience as a Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
  2. An established history of managing caseloads and advising on legal matters.
  3. Strong legal analytical skills and judgement, with the ability to analyse complex issues and present legally sound and focused advice.
  4. The ability to work to tight deadlines, be calm under pressure and flexibly manage competing priorities.
  5. Excellent written communication skills, ability to draft clear and comprehensive correspondence and to present information on complex issues clearly and succinctly for a range of different audiences.
  6. The ability to secure and maintain the confidence of a range of stakeholders.
  7. Demonstrable commitment to continuous professional development and to sharing knowledge and experience with colleagues.
  8. Advocacy skills or the willingness to develop them.
  9. The ability to work cross-organisationally, working well with others and responding positively, creatively and supportively to a variety of colleagues while maintaining high and consistent standards.
  10. A clear understanding of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality, with a demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity in service delivery.
  11. A track record of respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to inclusion and diversity.

How to apply

To apply, please email the application form and equality monitoring form by midday on Wednesday 15 May 2019 to

Selection process

We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form. Please make sure that you address the criteria in the ‘What are we looking for?’ section, and give examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. It will not be possible to give feedback at sift stage.


Interviews will take place w/c 28 May 2019 in Sheffield.

Interviews will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role:

  1. Leading the way – demonstrates clear management of department and colleagues.
  2. Working as one team – encourages collaboration internally and externally.
  3. Embracing change – leads change by communicating clearly and encourages discussion.
  4. Respecting each other – works with others to build respect
  5. Being a business – is focused on delivering business objectives

If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.


If you have any queries about the role or the appointment process, please contact 

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£41,00041000 (increasing to £43,000 per annum on successful completion of six-month probation)


Sheffield UK

Job type


Working pattern

37 hours, flexible working. Part-time and job share considered

Closing date

15/05/2019 12:00 pm

Annual leave

25 days a year leave rising each year to a maximum of 30 plus 8 bank holidays

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