Borough Council Solicitor / Local Government Lawyer who is a qualified solicitor or barrister and has a current UK Practising Certificate with the ability to lead a small team, act as a Monitoring Officer and has previous post qualification experience working for a local authority is required for a Borough Council based in Ripley, Derbyshire.
SALARY: £68,156 to £78,000 per annum
BENEFITS: Flexible working, pension Scheme, free on-site parking, excellent personal and professional development opportunities
LOCATION: Hybrid / Flexible Working / Office based in Ripley, Derbyshire
JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Permanent
We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Borough Council Solicitor / Local Government Lawyer who is a qualified solicitor or barrister and has a current UK Practising Certificate with the ability to lead a small team, act as a Monitoring Officer and has previous post qualification experience working for a local authority.
Working as the Borough Council Solicitor / Local Government Lawyer you will have 4 direct reports that will have the responsibility for ensuring the delivery of responsive, high quality and effective legal and democratic services to all parts of the Council ensuring that the Council, its officers, and its elected members, maintain the highest standards of conduct in all they do.
As the Borough Council Solicitor / Local Government Lawyer you will be directly responsible for all matters relating to the Members’ Code of Conduct dealing specifically with Code of Conduct Complaints/investigations and supporting the Standards and Appeals Committee. You will also attend Full Council and Cabinet as the Legal Advisor.
An ability to identify legal implications for the Council and recommend appropriate courses of action will be essential, together with an ability to understand and assimilate complex information quickly and make reasoned decisions and provide advice accordingly.
You will be expected to have a thorough understanding of local authority constitutional law, including the law and practice relating to Council meetings. Furthermore, you will require detailed knowledge of the law and practice in relation to the planning service, elections, electoral registration, licensing and other key borough Council services.
You will be required to establish effective working relationships with the Leader of the Council, members of the executive, political groups and all councillors to ensure effective governance of the Council and the probity and integrity of decision making. Political awareness and astuteness will therefore be essential.
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Borough Council Solicitor / Local Government Lawyer who is looking to take on the challenge of the role of Monitoring Officer and the responsibility of being the Council’s Lead Legal Advisor.
As the Borough Council Solicitor / Local Government Lawyer you will have the following skills, experience and qualifications:
- A qualification as a solicitor or barrister and a current UK Practising Certificate
- A proven ability to lead and motivate others
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Previous post qualification experience working for a local authority
- Previous experience as a Head of Legal Services and/or acting as a Deputy Monitoring Officer
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JOB REF: AWDO-P7715
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