Qualified Lawyer (Planning)

City Hall

Job Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 25th February 2020

Salary: £38813 - £41675

Job Reference: LCC01075

Hours: Full Time


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Job purpose

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Leicester City Council’s legal planning and highways team. We are looking for a confident self-motivated individual to provide a high standard of planning and highways legal advice, with a predominant focus on planning law, supporting the trainee’s development in the area. You will work in a supportive environment with a well-established team, in addition to having your own varied caseload of planning and highways matters.

Your role

You will provide and secure high-quality legal services for the Council across the areas of Planning and Highways Law (including acting for the Council as developer where there is not a conflict with your primary role supporting the Council’s Planning function).

You will work closely with the Council’s litigation team in relation to enforcement matters and support the Council’s Planning Committee attending as legal advisor.

With your excellent communication skills, problem-solving approach and ability to work as part of a team, you will support the Head of Law to ensure the provision of quality, client focussed and cost-effective legal services whilst being confident in giving clear and accurate advice and recommendations.

Whilst using clear communication skills to manage external relationships in order to facilitate the provision of high-quality legal services.

What you will need

You will be a Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive with substantial experience of PQE in the area of Planning Law, ideally with some experience in Highways Law.

With experience of advising officers and members you will be able to confidently support the Council’s planning to deliver a comprehensive legal service to the council.

You will have experience of Local Government Law and working with or within the local government environment, whether in Private or Public sector.

Your will have well developed skills in negotiation, drafting and the giving of advice in various formats as well as having knowledge of the requirements of Local Government law, and the advising upon the associated restrictions and considerations

Additional information

Please complete our online application form, referring to the attached person specification and ensuring you tell us about your experience and knowledge where this is being measured by application form.

Should you wish to attach a CV please ensure this is tailored to the job requirements which will give you the best chance of being shortlisted.

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

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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