Manchester Legal Services

Manchester City Council aims to be in the top-flight of world-class cities, with a dynamic economy and highly skilled people; to be well-connected, limiting climate change, and helping all of us feel safe and live well in our attractive and welcoming city.

To keep on track, we’ve reset our priorities up to 2025, refocusing on the challenges – putting equality, inclusion and sustainability centre stage – with renewed focus on young people, our economy, health, housing, our environment and infrastructure.

Our Legal Services Teams play an integral part in helping to deliver these priorities, and to support this we are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a world-class workforce.

Legal work for public services in Manchester, Salford and Rochdale Councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority puts you among the few practitioners in England’s first, and biggest, devolved region, where major decisions are now taken in-house rather than in Whitehall and by NHS administrations. We are a service that advises on complex, ground-breaking initiatives across Manchester, Salford and Greater Manchester, which make meaningful, lasting differences to the lives of our residents and visitors.

We are a progressive service that offers opportunities to everyone in our service to develop and diversify their legal skills, including:

  • Our successful Grow Your Own Policy, through active mentoring and development of staff, has enabled staff across the service to become qualified lawyers;
  • Our Broadening Work Experience initiative which gives staff the opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge through work experience placements with other teams across the service with different legal specialisms; and
  • Our Workforce Development Group, with a budget dedicated to the development of our staff which has provided financial support for a broad range of training courses including ILEX qualifications, the Legal Practice Course and civil higher rights of audience tuition fees.

Working as part of “virtual” multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex, high-profile projects, such as the integration of health and social care across Manchester and Salford.

The teams that work within the Legal Services include:

Legal Services:

  • Children & Families
  • People Place & Regulation
  • Regeneration
  • Governance

City Solicitors:

  • Strategic Communications
  • Elections Team
  • Civic & Ceremonial
  • Coroners & Registrars

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