Principal Lawyer (Commercial)

City Hall

Job Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 18th June 2019

Reference: 622


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Job purpose

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the management team of Leicester City Council’s legal services. We are looking for a confident self-motivated individual to provide commercially focused legal advice, manage and lead the Commercial Team and act as lead lawyer on a range of high profile and challenging matters. You will work in a supportive environment with responsibility for a well-established team, in addition to having your own varied caseload of commercial, contract and general local government law matters.

You will

Provide and secure high-quality legal services for the Council and other agreed public bodies in the areas of Commercial and Contract Law (including Public Procurement).

Undertake the direct line management of the Commercial Legal Team (lawyers and support staff) in order to achieve the highest professional standards and in accordance with City Council policies and procedures.

Support the Head of Law to ensure the provision of quality, client focussed and cost-effective legal services.

Deputise and cover for the relevant Head of Law as and when required.

Manage external relationships in order to facilitate the provision of high-quality legal services.

Represent the Division on regular basis at corporate meetings reporting back to higher management and carrying through assigned tasks.

Requirements of the post

Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive with a minimum of 5 years PQE in the area of Commercial and Contract law

Recent experience of managing or supervising and supporting a team

Experience of acting as the lead lawyer in commercial and contract law matters

Experience of Local Government legal work in the public or private sector

Knowledge of commercial and contract (including public procurement) law, practice and procedure at an advanced level

Knowledge of the requirements of Local Government law, and the advising upon the associated restrictions and considerations

Additional information

2 Full Time, Permanent Positions

Salary: £46,752 - £50,233 per annum

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact: Emma Jackman, Head of Law – 0116 454 1426

Possible Interview Dates: Week commencing 24th June 2019

What we can offer you

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between you work life and your personal life. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave entitlement, membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities and career pathways. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including our fantastic salary sacrifice car scheme, big discounts at high-street outlets, childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains, we may also be able help with relocation expenses if you are moving to the City, or need help with commuting costs.


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