Job Description

Enfield Legal Services are recruiting, this is a fantastic opportunity for talented and ambitious professional to join a friendly, committed and highly regarded in-house legal team to help deliver quality legal advice, as well as making a real contribution to the quality of life and sustainability of the borough.

We work collaboratively and flexibly and welcome applications from all members of the community. We are employers that develop talent, encourage innovation and have a supportive working environment. If you want to be part of our journey, we would love to hear from you. All roles are open to Solicitors, Barristers or Fellows of CILEX.

Applicants are invited to submit a C.V. together with a supporting statement, addressing the criteria outlined in the job role and person specification of the role before the closing date. For more information, please see the attachments at the bottom of this advert.

The roles will sometimes require working outside normal office hours and cross-working with other teams within the department.

Assistant Principal Lawyer – Children Safeguarding

We are looking to recruit an experienced Assistant Principal Lawyer to assist the Principal Lawyer in managing the children safeguarding team of Lawyers, Legal Officers and Paralegals.

We are looking for a flexible, motivated, and ambitious lawyer Child Care Lawyer with extensive experience in Child Protection, Deprivation of Liberty, Secure Accommodation, Forced Marriage Protection Orders, Wardship, Inherent Jurisdiction and managing Complex Child Care cases preferably in a local government setting. You will have experience of leading a legal team and the ability to provide specialist legal advice and support within your area of specialism. The successful candidate will be accustomed to working at pace in a busy team working on varied and complex issues. You will be a team player who can demonstrate self-motivation and flexibility. The ability to work to tight timescales/deadlines is essential for this role. You will have experience of managing, supervising or mentoring lawyers and legal assistants.

Prior local authority experience is desirable but not essential.

Face to face interviews will be held on Monday 17th July 2023 and Wednesday 19th July 2023.

Contact Details –

If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Rita Hammond on 0208 132 1349 for an informal discussion.

If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Vickie McGrath on 0208 132 1053 or

We do not see your name or title when shortlisting your application. This is one of many initiatives to build a more talented and diverse workforce. However, if you put your name on your CV or Statement it will be visible to us. For this reason, we ask that you do not include your name on these documents. Please note it is your responses to the Essential/Desirable criteria, as detailed in the Job Description and Person Specification which is available on the job advert, that will determine if you are shortlisted for an interview, therefore we encourage you to always address the essential and desirable criteria in your application/CV.

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do – by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you – and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.

Why it’s great to work for Enfield Council:

  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
  • A blend of remote and office based working for most roles.
  • Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
  • Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
  • Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
  • 1 month paid sabbatical for Children’s Social Workers

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Therefore, we advise that you complete fully and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you have previously applied for this role within the past 6 months, unfortunately, a second application will not be considered.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Click here to apply.