- Pay Rate:
up to £45.00 per hour, depending on experience
- Hours per Week:
37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 3 months
Interim Planning Lawyer – Legal Services
Reference no: W Berkshire 5204954
To assist as part of the Governance & Environment Team in the provision of legal services to the Council in the areas of law covered by the team which currently includes Town and Country Planning, Highways, Engineering, Countryside and Environmental Health.
To provide legal and procedural advice and legal services in respect of all of the Council’s functions as directed in the most cost effective and efficient way to secure Best Value for the Authority.
Allocated tasks may include the following:
Providing advice to internal staff as to the law on matters specifically relating to the work of the section as required.
Regular liaison with Council Departments, External Agencies, Courts, External Solicitors, Barristers, QC’s, Experts, Bailiffs and the Law Centre/CAB on all aspects of the work of the Section.
Preparing reports or legal concurrents for decision making bodies.
Preparing and processing all legal documents, including agreements, deeds, notices, orders, consents, byelaws, relevant to the work of the Council and of Individual Departments:
Negotiating and concluding contractual arrangements with Solicitors, Barristers, Valuers and Land Agents, and external agencies.
Preparation and processing of all matters relevant to any proceedings relating to the work of the Section, including the evaluation of evidence, instructing Counsel, interviewing witnesses, preparing proofs of evidence and witness statements, attending with the Council’s Advocate before Courts, Tribunals and Public Inquiries.
Presentation of cases before Courts, Tribunals or Public Inquiries where the worker has a right of audience on all matters relating to the work of the Council and its Departments.
Undertaking research upon legal questions arising from the work of the Section including, where necessary, briefing Counsel and/or consultants, instructing Experts and Consultants.
Supervision of support staff.
“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:
A Solicitor, either with a current practising certificate or eligible to apply for a practising certificate, or a qualified Barrister or a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, or possessing an equivalent qualification gained in another jurisdiction.
An understanding of the concepts underpinning administrative and corporate law as it relates to local government.
Knowledge of the law relating to the area of service where the assignment is based.
An awareness of the issues that face local government.
Substantial experience within the legal profession.
Experience of providing legal advice in the area of the assignment.
Interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team, and to build effective relationships with Council Members, senior managers, business units, other sections and outside agencies.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to present to diverse audiences, including [elected Members], senior officers, staff and external agencies.
Ability to analyse, use and present complex data in a clear and informative way.
IT skills including Microsoft packages
NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.
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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:
- Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed
Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:
Any local authority/public sector experience
Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for
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Interim Planning Lawyer – Legal Services
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