Senior Planning Solicitor
Band G plus up to 5 market supplements
£34,728 – £43,857 per annum, full time permanent contract
Are you ready to step into a management role, or do you have existing management experience that you would like to continue to develop?
Do you enjoy, and have significant experience in, the areas of planning and regional development?
Would you like to have the opportunity to further develop your skills by receiving mentoring support from a leading national law firm?
If you have answered yes to these questions, our Senior Planning Solicitor vacancy might be the role for you!
What are we looking for?
As our new principal planning lawyer you will lead on all planning legal matters for the Council, as well as external clients (as required). You will have line management responsibility for one team member, so previous line management experience, or an eagerness to step into a management role, is required. As a senior member of the legal team, you will assist and support the Legal Services Team Manager and Head of Legal and Commercial Services in areas of corporate governance, as well as building strong and lasting internal and external relationships.
What can we offer to you?
This is a fantastic opportunity for a specialist planning lawyer to take a step up into a senior role, taking on new challenges and management responsibilities. Your development is important to us, so we will support you throughout as you take this next step in your legal career.
Through our partnership with Browne Jacobson LLP, with whom we work on a number of legal matters, we’re delighted to be able to offer the successful candidate a unique opportunity for mentoring support, helping you to settle into the role and to develop the skills you will need in order to thrive. This includes:
- A dedicated mentor from Browne Jacobson. Your mentor will be an experienced member of their planning law team. They will be available at the end of the phone to support you as needed and to meet regularly to discuss ongoing matters;
- The opportunity to attend any internal training events at Browne Jacobson and the chance to shadow their planning lawyers where unique training opportunities arise; and
- Support from Browne Jacobson on any complex planning matters where you can learn from advice they provide direct to the Council.
Are we right for you?
NWLDC is a solution-focussed council. Through listening and fair and balanced decision-making, we strive to do the best we possibly can for our community.
Legal Services play a vital role in ensuring good governance and helping officers find solutions to problems with a ‘can do’ approach. The Legal Services team has an existing external client base of 32 clients, with plans to grow it even further.
You will be joining a team of specialist lawyers, each with their own areas of expertise, including contracts and procurement, property, regulatory and enforcement. Our structure enables everybody to focus on their own specialisms whilst also being exposed to other areas of law through close working relationships with colleagues.
You will be supported by a first-class administration and practice management team, as well as working closely with information governance colleagues as needed.
As a Council we are embracing flexible working, acknowledging that the old days of 9-5 at the office do not need to be the norm. Your role will be classed as a hybrid role, recognising that there may be times when you need to attend the offices (for example, to attend a committee meeting) but outside of that, as long as it works for us too, we are happy for you to take a flexible approach to your working arrangements.
Are you right for us?
We want you to succeed in this role. To do so, you will need to be able to undertake work in the areas of planning and regional development; S106 agreements; planning enforcement; permitted development; and compulsory purchase orders. You will also need to be comfortable acting as advisor to the Council’s planning committee and as an advocate at public/ planning inquiries and all courts. This will be subject to experience and relevant training, including the mentoring support from Browne Jacobson, as you develop into the role.
You will need to be able to advise in the context of local government law and therefore experience of this is desirable but not essential, as we would hope that this develops over time.
To fit in well with the team, you will be proactive, a quick learner, able to work flexibly and someone who can bring enthusiasm to the role.
If you would like to know more about the role feel free to contact Kate Hiller, Legal Services Team Manager on 01530 454379 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply for any of our posts online at https://www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/jobs_and_careers
Applications must be made using the on-line application process.
Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job will be guaranteed an interview.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Closing Date: Sunday 19 September 2021