To contribute to the smooth and efficient conduct of litigation and outside counsel including coordinating and directing case strategy, discovery, drafting/editing pleadings and interviewing and preparing witnesses and negotiations.
Description of Duties:
(a) All administrative tasks required for the post.
(b) Drafting applications to the Courts and having conduct of the case through to judgment being obtained.
(c) Clarifying with client officers any difficult areas and dealing with and responding to any defenses and/or counter claims lodged.
(d) Drafting summonses, complaints and indictments in connection with prosecutions by the Council
(e) Attending the Court and other Tribunals and advocating on behalf of the Council in litigation actions.
(f) Providing litigation support to the solicitors in the Litigation Team, including without limitation, preparing witness statements, dealing with discovery and attending court with Counsel.
(g) Deal with enquiries from solicitors and other external agencies and advice the client of the next step accordingly.
(h) Attending possession action hearings, negotiating with representatives and preparing and advising of witnesses prior to hearings.
(i) Attending Defendants’ applications to set aside Judgments and suspended Warrants of Possession.
(j) Responsible for maintaining the central register of Judgments and Charging Orders and dealing with related enquiries, applications and cancellations.
(k) Responsible for the preparation of documentation and conduct of emergency injunction proceedings on behalf of the Local Authority in accordance with any relevant legislation.
(l) Any other duties relevant for the work of the Section as determined by the post holder’s line manager.