Could you be a legal eagle in Thurrock?

FOR the tenth year running, Thurrock Council’s legal team is on the hunt for young and eager legal eagles seeking work experience.

Since 2006 Thurrock has been operating the scheme aimed at helping young legal hopefuls receive a working insight into the profession and now Thurrock and Barking and Dagenham councils operate a shared legal service it has expanded the opportunities.

The shared legal team – which also delivers the legal service for Brentwood Council – offers the programme across a far wider area.

Fiona Taylor, the councils’ Director of Law & Governance said: "We are happy to offer a three-month placement for students who have finished their law degree, but haven’t yet found a training placement.

“You could be based in one of our three legal offices in Dagenham, Grays or Brentwood civic offices. This is a chance for young people to learn, hands-on, about some of the work we do – from planning to criminal law, and many other areas.

“We feel the sheer range of practice areas undertaken by public sector lawyers and the size, commercial value and importance of those transactions make the average small or medium-sized private practice a far less attractive option. If you want to make a difference, this is a great place to start. "

Cllr Shane Hebb, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for central services, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to learn the legal ropes and some transferable life skills.

“This is a great example of what this council is all about; helping individuals who work to succeed, to succeed.

“I wish the young people who engage with this initiative the very best, now and in the future.”

And David Lawson, deputy Head of Legal Services added: “We have a long-established training programme going back to 2006 which so far has always led to employment opportunities for those who take part.

“We are offering the experience people need to find a job. The shared legal service also has a number of external public sector clients so this is a great opportunity to gain valuable legal experience and work in an award winning and Law Society Lexcel approved service.”

The scheme is aimed principally at law and/or legal practice course graduates who wish to acquire practical and hands-on legal skills to aid their search for a permanent position and progress their legal career.

The joint legal service has 60 lawyers specializing in criminal, civil, employment and commercial litigation; child and adult protection, education, planning, major regeneration schemes, housing, environment, highways, property, licensing, contracts, procurement and corporate governance law.

Anyone interested in a three-month legal placement should contact in the first instance Ms Pui-Yee Poon, Legal Support officer by sending a CV to: PuiYee.Poon@BDTLegal.org.uk

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