Contracts/Procurement Lawyer

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Contracts/Procurement Lawyer
Interim Position

Oldham 0008 129D / 1

Posted: 13th October 2023 15:55
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £27.03 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4-5 months


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Interim Contracts/Procurement Lawyer 

Reference no: Oldham 0008 129D / 1 

Pay Rate: up to £27.03 per hour PAYE depending on experience 

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours 

This opening assignment is for 4-5 months  


Provide legal advice on the legal aspects of contract drafting, management and contact dispute resolution. Provide legal advice and legal services in relation to commercial law, contract and procurement law and practice  

To provide comprehensive advice, support and training to Council officers and managers in respect of contracts/procurement matters. Assist the Council in updating, development and interpretation and legal application of the Council’s Constitution and governance arrangements 

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Delivering comprehensive, timely legal advice and legal work in particular in the areas of commercial law, contract law, procurement law, company law and local government law and practice.  
  • Ensuring that decision-making in relation to the Council’s contracts is lawful and in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and the Council’s governance arrangements.  
  • Support the provision of project management where required, and the provision of commercial support and governance of projects in accordance with the Council’s governance and management arrangements as required.  
  • Undertaking the legal work of a specialist and/or complex nature, including research, the preparation of advice to Council officers and Elected Members, the drafting of contracts, and the drafting and presentation of reports and other documentation, without supervision.  
  • Liaison with the Group Lawyer (Corporate) and the other managers/officers within Legal Services to ensure effective co-ordination of all legal services to the Council.  
  • Working with client officers to ensure that they are appropriately advised and supported, and are able to provide informed instructions to the Council’s external advisers (where engaged) as required. Advising on the need for specialist external advice, procuring, instructing and managing external legal advisers where these are engaged.  
  • To design and deliver regular updates and training on developments in contract/procurement law and practice that have implications for the Council’s policies, procedures and Constitutional matters.  
  • To design and update all relevant precedents and documentation needed to comply with the key duties of the post.  
  • Participating in negotiations on behalf of the Council with contractors and their advisers and participating in the assessment and evaluation of contractors’ submissions when required.  
  • To develop and advise on the implementation of appropriate risk management strategies 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via job[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. 

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: 



  • Fellow of The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) or equivalent professional qualification 



  • Detailed knowledge of the law relating to contract and procurement issues, EU law, governance and Local Government law as it relates to contracts, procurement and governance issues  
  • Understanding of project management methodologies and processes  
  • Understanding of Local Authority governance processes and Constitution  
  • Broad understanding of range of services delivered by local government to their citizens and service users 



  • Experience of providing legal advice on legal aspects of contract drafting, management and contract dispute resolution  
  • Experience of providing legal advice and services in relation to commercial law, contract and procurement law and practice  
  • Experience of using ICT to support service delivery and to complete tasks and duties effectively and efficiently  
  • Experience of delivering presentation and training sessions, including to those who may not have a prior background in this technical area 
  • Needs experience in commercial contracts.


Skills & Abilities:  

  • Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional working relationships with others internally and externally, and to influence, convince and negotiate with others, with a view to progressing the objectives of the Council  
  • Communication skills to draft and write reports, presentations and training materials appropriate in style and, content to the intended audience  
  • Analytical skills to research and interpret data and information to be used in the Council’s decision making processes, including determining risk, weighing up options and feasibility and recommending courses of action  
  • Organisational skills to plan own workload, working under pressure to meet potentially conflicting deadlines 



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Contracts/Procurement Lawyer
Client Category: Local Authority

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