People Lawyer – Legal and Democratic

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People Lawyer - Legal and Democratic
NEWBURY, Berkshire
Interim Position

W Berkshire 5239779

Posted: 30th November 2023 09:01
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  • Pay Rate:

    £38.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    22-37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • NEWBURY, Berkshire,

    RG14 5LD

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Interim People Lawyer - Legal and Democratic

Reference no: W Berkshire 5239779

Pay rate: £38.00 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 22-37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

City: NEWBURY, Berkshire

Hybrid working, mostly remote with office attendance once a fortnight

Minimum 22 hours per week available up to maximum 37 hours

A People Lawyer is required to assist as part of the People Team in the provision of legal advice and support to the Council primarily in one of the area of law covered by the Team on a day to day basis. Substantial experience and specialist knowledge is required in at least one area from Adult Social Care, Education Law. To represent the Council at Tribunals and/ or Court hearings as required and to carry out such other duties in the Service Unit as demand requires. To support in the provision of Legal Services generally and across teams. Minimum 22 hours per week available up to maximum 37 hours.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work independently on high profile, complex work which may have a significant impact on the Council, its services and/or clients. To identify such matters within their area of work/ supervision and to monitor and progress such matters appropriately.
  • Personally undertake a significant caseload of high-level work in at least one area of Law covered by the Team.
  • Provide timely and accurate advice to Members and Officers of the Council, including representation and attendance at such meetings as desired by the Client Department, ensuring that decisions and actions comply with the Council’s Constitution and are defensible.
  • Provide appropriate good quality legal service to the Council and its service areas including, as required, representation at meetings, Court or Tribunals.
  • Assist with the provision of advice and assistance to other areas of the service, as and when required and where current workloads allow.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other service areas within the Council and with outside organisations where appropriate.
  • Research and keep abreast of recent developments in the main area of work covered and deliver training to client departments on the same from time to time.
  • Contribute to the work of the service in order to achieve and maintain high levels of service. To provide appropriate good quality legal service to the Council, including its service areas, Members and Officers.


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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:


  • Minimum 2:2 Honours Degree (any subject).
  • Practising Solicitor or Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive.



  • Experience of personally managing a substantial caseload of high profile matters.
  • Experience of providing advice to senior officers and/or Members desirable.
  • Substantial experience and specialist knowledge in at least one area of law covered by the Team including Adult Social Care/Children Services, Education, Employment.
  • Experience of dealing with high profile contentious work (civil or criminal) desirable.
  • Experience in working in a local government setting desirable.



  • Knowledge of local government services and the democratic framework within which local government operates desirable.
  • Understanding of good governance in a local authority setting desirable.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of information governance and data protection law desirable.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience using a legal case management system.
  • Ability to give high level legal advice to officers and members.
  • Ability to give clear advice in a public forum.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiating and drafting skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a complex workload.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and influence others.
  • Ability to independently manage a substantial case load.
  • Able to work under pressure, organising work to ensure deadlines and targets are met.
  • A team player with the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships at all levels by creating an atmosphere of professionalism and mutual trust and support.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • Ability to work occasional evenings to attend Council meetings.


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People Lawyer - Legal and Democratic
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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