Legal and Assurance provides expert support to all parts of the council. Thanks to them, we can deliver excellent public services. Which makes this the idea environment for legal and governance professionals.
From Corporate Law to Equality and Diversity, Organisational Risk Services to Democratic Services, and Internal Audit and Counter Fraud to Legal Services and Trading Standards, we have experts in every area.
The quality of the work that I advise on is excellent - complex and wide-ranging.
Emily, Employment Law Solicitor
What’s your background?
I joined Essex Legal Services as an Employment Law Solicitor in May 2016, having worked at a regional law firm in private practice. Private practice gave me a great grounding and a good commercial understanding of the workings of a law firm and of businesses generally. I joined them as a Trainee Solicitor and progressed to an Associate Solicitor by the time I left.
Having worked there for a while I felt that it was time for a new challenge, and when the chance to work at ELS came along I knew it was the right move for me.
What advantages does in-house have over private practice?
I believe that there are poor perceptions in some quarters about working in house, however nothing could be further from the truth! There are brilliant opportunities here at ELS, not only in terms of developing your practice but also in terms of your career. You are very much encouraged to develop and use your skills. The quality of the work that I advise on is excellent - complex and wide-ranging. You truly don’t know what you’re going to be asked about next. I work with managers and senior leaders from various services and public bodies, as well as HR consultants.
Any other surprises?
The work/life balance and morale in ELS are excellent too; it just feels like a positive place to work. All in all, it is an incredibly satisfying job.
Step 1: Online Application
You can complete a quick online application with us by either uploading your CV or completing an online application form. You will receive a confirmation email to let you know we have your application.
Step 2: Shortlisting
Once our advertising process has finished, we will review our applications and let you know if we would like to invite you to an interview. At this stage you may also be invited to join our talent pool where you will receive updates on future opportunities with us.
Step 3: Interview and assessment
The interview and assessment process could take many forms, dependent on the role you are applying for but the recruitment team will always let you know what to expect.
Step 4: Decision
Within a week of your assessment we’ll be able to let you know whether you’ve been successful in applying for a role with us.
Step 5: Compliance safeguarding checks
Once you have been offered a role we will invite you to meet with us to start your pre-employment checks.