Interim Senior Lawyer – Housing & Litigation

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Interim Senior Lawyer - Housing & Litigation
Interim Position

Newham RQ680331

Posted: 15th September 2022 12:16
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  • Pay Rate:

    £35.59 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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Interim Senior Lawyer - Housing & Litigation   

Job Ref: Newham RQ680331 

Pay Rate: £35.59 per hour PAYE   

To support the Principal Lawyer and Legal Services management team in the provision of strategic, high level legal advice to the Councils, Members and Officers, and support the provision of legal solutions in Housing and Litigation and related areas to enable the Councils to progress with corporate goals  

Key Responsibilities: 


  • To have personal responsibility for a caseload of complex matters, and act as subject expert, with minimal need for supervision or external assistance. 
  • To support the Principal Lawyer in supervision of all matters designated as high risk within the team 
  • To pick up casework arising in their respective teams during peak times or where additional resources are required to meet demand, and if requested to do so by the Principal Lawyer provide support to other teams 
  • To support complex strategic projects across multi-functional teams, assisting to ensure that an innovative and commercial solutions focus is adopted across projects. 
  • To support the Principal Lawyer in ensuring that the Councils, clients, and members are kept abreast of the law as necessary, and to determine the effect of new legislation, advising on developments as necessary 
  • To have responsibility for a team of up to 10 lawyers and support staff, potentially working across legal disciplines and working over multiple sites 
  • To carry out advocacy when necessary on own caseload, and not to instruct external support except in accordance with agreed procedures 
  • To attend meetings of the Councils as required to provide legal and governance advice. 
  • To produce or comment upon reports for various Council meetings or decision making processes. 
  • To work some evenings, weekends and occasional public holidays in order to meet the service requirements of customers and in order to ensure appropriate representation of the Councils with residents, elected members, and external bodies 

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

  • A qualified solicitor or barrister holding a practicing certificate 
  • Knowledge of local government powers and duties and at least one of the following areas of law, procurement & contract, Housing and Civil Litigation, development 
  • An understanding of the workings of local government and the challenges being set by the new local government agenda along with the financial, legal and political context of local government 
  • Previous experience in similar role 
  • Skilled communicator with the ability to communicate orally and in writing to a diverse range of audiences 
  • Ability to influence and negotiate effectively along with the ability to lead, motivate, inspire confidence and enthusiasm 

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. 

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. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

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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Job Ref: Newham RQ680331
Interim Senior Lawyer - Housing & Litigation
Client Category: Local Authority

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Interim Senior Lawyer - Housing & Litigation
Client Category: Local Authority

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