Principal Regulatory Lawyer -Legal

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Principal Regulatory Lawyer -Legal

South Hams 5209018

Posted: 14th September 2022 10:40
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £45,750 per annum depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • Permanent

  • Totnes,

    TQ9 5NE

What's involved with this role:


Interim Principal Regulatory Lawyer -Legal

Reference no: South Hams 5209018

Pay rate: Salary Band £41,324 - £45,750 per annum

Flexible working arrangement

Staff benefit schemes: purchasing additional annual leave, electric lease car scheme, technology benefit scheme, access to Local Government Pension Scheme

The post-holder will provide professional legal advice and support to the Councils’ development management, strategic planning, planning enforcement and regulatory functions, together with representing the Councils in courts, inquires and tribunals. They will also provide legal advice and support to the Development Management and Licensing Committees.


Key responsibilities:

  • Provide proactive and high-quality support to the Director of Governance and the Head of Legal Services
  • Negotiate and draft planning obligations and planning performance agreements
  • Draft notices and other documents related to those functions (including any necessary court documents in connection with the prosecution of offences or defending any appeals).
  • Undertake litigation and to represent the Council and the Head of Legal Services in contested and uncontested proceedings before Courts, Inquiries and Tribunals
  • Provide professional and clear advice (both orally and in writing) to the Councils, Committees, Members and officers on planning, enforcement and regulatory matters.
  • Provide specific advice and support to the Development Management and Licensing Committees
  • Instruct Counsel when authorised and where appropriate and to attend conferences with Counsel
  • Provide training and development to Members and Officers in relation to planning and regulatory matters
  • Assist the Monitoring Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officers to respond to code of conduct complaints and other governance related issues.


“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • Extensive experience as a practising Solicitor or Barrister (or equivalent qualification and experience)
  • Experience of working in local government sector and providing advice in Council, Executive, Committee or other public meetings
  • Recent experience in planning and regulatory legal matters including drafting, negotiating and finding solutions to complex issues
  • Experience of litigation and advocacy


Desirable requirements:

  • Dealing with complaints and investigations
  • Experience working closely with Councillors or partner organisations


Skills & Abilities:


  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels
  • Experience of working across boundaries or different areas of work to achieve desired outcomes
  • Exercise sound judgement in the public interest, setting out options and risks to Council as necessary
  • Track record for providing legal advice at short notice in a variety of settings
  • Capable of managing competing priorities and overseeing varied case load.
  • Ability to effectively motivate teams and colleagues at all levels and to work collaboratively
  • Ability to give clear explanations whilst advising on complex legal matters
  • Experience of managing and supervising Teams
  • Good verbal and written communication skills including influencing skills
  • Strong negotiation and presentation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexibly and meet the demands of the service



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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. 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:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Principal Regulatory Lawyer -Legal
Client Category: Local Authority

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