Planning Solicitor – Legal Services

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Planning Solicitor – Legal Services
Interim Position

Rochdale 0008 E2F2 / 1

Posted: 16th May 2024 13:42
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £42.45 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2 months

  • Rochdale,

    OL16 1XU

What's involved with this role:

Interim Planning Solicitor – Legal Services

Job Ref: Rochdale 0008 E2F2 / 1

Pay Rate: Up to £42.45 per hour PAYE depending on experience

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

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 2 months

City: Rochdale

Hybrid working

The purpose of the role is to provide in-house legal support to the Council in relation to the Council’s functions as Planning Authority and Highways Authority.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the effective execution of the Council’s legal work arising from decisions of the Council, its Committees and the day-to-day operation of its Services with particular emphasis on the Council’s functions as Planning Authority and Highways Authority.
  • Represent the Council in Committees and to undertake advocacy as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with all relevant legislation and codes of practice and to comply with any continuing professional development requirements.
  • Undertake such other legal duties commensurate with grade as are assigned to the post holder by the Head of Legal or the Senior Legal Property Team Executive/Team Leader demonstrating political sensitivity at all times.
  • Work in accordance with the financial regulations and procedures of the authority.
  • Negotiate, maintain and arrange payment of external lawyers’ fees and other related expenditure.
  • Record time for the purposes of charging and trading account.
  • Negotiate settlement and make any payments required including the payment of Court, witness and experts fees and any costs awarded against the Council.
  • Give advice and undertake legal work relating to the Council’s powers, duties and functions with particular emphasis on the Council’s powers duties and functions as Local Planning Authority and as Highways Authority.
  • Prepare and to present the Council’s case at public local inquiries.
  • Draft, make and serve statutory notices and orders under planning, highways and environmental legislation.
  • Prepare and conduct proceedings in and to appear as advocate on behalf of the Council in the Magistrates Court, County Court and other Courts and Tribunals, or to instruct Counsel in appropriate cases.



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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.



  1. A qualified Solicitor/Barrister/FCILEX with current Practicing Certificate.
  2. Evidence of Continuous Professional Development.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of undertaking planning and highways work within a local government environment.
  3. Experience of chairing meetings particularly in relation to leading and advising at both internal and external meetings on such matters as corporate projects.
  4. Experience of working for a Local Authority Legal Service.
  5. Experience of providing training and giving presentations on legal matters to officers, Members and members of the public.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing giving clear, accurate and timely advice.
  7. Willing and able to work as part of a team and to supervise the work of less experienced staff in the provision of effective services.
  8. Organisational & time management skills, able to work under pressure and prioritise daily/weekly workload and meet deadlines.
  9. In-depth knowledge and post qualification experience in planning and highways law practice and procedure.




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Job Ref: Rochdale 0008 E2F2 / 1
Planning Solicitor – Legal Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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Planning Solicitor – Legal Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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