Interim Solicitor – Contracts and Procurement

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Interim Solicitor - Contracts and Procurement
Interim Position

Blackburn 0006 5003 / 1

Posted: 1st August 2022 13:37
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £20.31 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This assignment is for 3 months until further notice

  • Blackburn,

    BB1 7DY

What's involved with this role:

Interim Solicitor - Contracts and Procurement

Reference no: Blackburn 0006 5003 / 1

Hybrid preferred but could be working from home if necessary.

Flexible on hours to be worked - does not have to be a full-time role.

A Solicitor is required to provide legal advice on complex contracts and procurement issues and draft legal documents related to contracts and procurement service including complex contracts.

The post-holder will also need to manage part of the Contracts and Procurement team and allocate work on the above areas in consultation with the Head of Contracts and Procurement.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and assistance to Client Departments having due regard to legislation, case law, regulations and guidance, policies, statutory duties and powers-discharging the professional duties of a solicitor to clients.
  • Draft a variety of complex contractual documents including contracts for services, contracts for works (including standard amendments to standard form construction contracts (NEC and JCT) and associated documents such as collateral warranties), grant funding agreements, arrangements with other public bodies.
  • Advise on procurement law issues and draft related documentation, contract law including contract disputes, the operation of PFI Contracts, Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, and state aid law and prepare correspondence in relation to any of the above.
  • Liaise with solicitors covering other specialisms (litigation, commercial property, adult social care, education etc) if any of the above could or does lead to legal proceedings.
  • Advise on issues related to local government powers and governance where related to contracts and procurement matters.
  • Research and advise on any developments in the law in the above areas including but not limited to changes brought about by caselaw, amendments to regulations and/or government guidance.
  • Negotiate contract documents and disputes on behalf of the client within parameters agreed with Service Lead and client department.
  • Attend professional meetings as required and to attend evening committees, working groups, and briefing meetings.
  • Prepare legal reports and provide legal comments within reports to ensure that officers and decision makers are fully informed of the legal implications of proposed courses of action and to ensure that where appropriate, the committee reports include reference to the legal position.
  • Advise on preparation and drafting of tender documents including specifications, evaluation matrices and pricing schedules in accordance with legal requirements and best procurement practice.
  • Advising on conduct of negotiations and post tender clarifications. Draft award letters and contract documentation accurately and in a way that protects the client’s legal position. Drafting responses to any legal challenges to procurement processes.


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


  • Educated to degree level.
  • Qualified as a solicitor.


  • Significant experience of contract drafting.
  • Experience of:
    • Advising on Contract Law
    • Negotiating Contract Documents
    • Advising on contract disputes
    • Advising on TUPE regulations
    • Advising on Procurement law
    • Advising on state aid
    • Advising on information governance
    • Advising on local government powers and governance
  • Experience of drafting construction contracts (NEC/JCT) and related documents would be ideal.
  • Local government experience would be preferable.

Skills/Technical skills:

  • Ability to effectively to manage your own case load.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to analyse information and to produce clear, concise reports, briefing papers and advice.
  • The ability to work as part of a team to deliver excellent services.
  • A willingness to take appropriate responsibility, act on own initiative and influence clients.
  • Ability to effectively use a computer including word, excel, email, e-procurement systems, and legal research tools.
  • Ability to manage relationships effectively to deliver outcomes and value for money including working with colleagues, suppliers, and other stakeholders’ relationships to deliver outcomes and value for money.
  • Able to communicate with a range of colleagues, stakeholders, and suppliers.
  • Organisation skills to manage tasks effectively to meet priorities.
  • Sound analytical and numerical skills.


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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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Interim Solicitor - Contracts and Procurement
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