Contracts Lawyer – Legal Services

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Contracts Lawyer - Legal Services
Interim Position

OCC 0009 12C6 / 1

Posted: 11th July 2024 09:56
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  • Pay Rate:

    £26.94 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Contracts Lawyer – Legal Services

Reference no:  Oxford 0009 12C6 / 1

Pay rate: £26.94 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6 months


Hybrid working

Standard DBS required for this role

A Contracts Lawyer is required to deliver high standards of legal advice and support to teams across the Council, resolving procurement and contract legal matters as they arise. Ensure compliance with statutory regulations, legislation, professional codes of practice and adherence to Council policy. Must be experienced and able to manage a complex and busy case load and advise at the highest levels as required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Perform in an effective, timely, courteous, professional and flexible manner the duties of a qualified lawyer.
  • Provide efficient, effective and pragmatic legal advice and assistance to the Council and other clients.
  • Personally represent the Council and other clients before the courts, tribunals and public inquiries as required.
  • Work effectively with officers and members of the Council and with other clients.
  • Attend, provide legal advice and assistance to and prepare reports for officer and member meetings (including evening meetings) of the Council and other clients.
  • Advise upon, draft and negotiate the full range of legal documents.


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Qualified Solicitor or Barrister or Fellow – Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.



  • Experienced and able to manage a complex and busy case load and advise at the highest levels as required.
  • An expert in your field with the ability to handle complex work.
  • Considerable post qualification experience and an up-to-date knowledge of the law and practice relating to contracts and other relevant legal work.
  • Proven ability and experience of successfully negotiating and drafting the full range of relevant legal documents without supervision.
  • Considerable experience of providing legal advice at local authority member and officer meetings or equivalent and of delivering training as required.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Confident, professional, enthusiastic, a creative thinker who can influence and drive progress and able to give clear and credible advice to senior officers and elected members.
  • A proactive team player, flexible in approach.
  • Highly organised, enthusiastic and proactive with a commitment to excellent customer service.
  • Ability to work in partnership and as part of multi-disciplinary project teams with colleagues, external organisations and councillors and to foster good working relationships at all levels.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver good quality work to tight deadlines.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Job Ref: OCC 0009 12C6 / 1
Contracts Lawyer - Legal Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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