LAWYER - PROCUREMENT, INFORMATION & GOVERNANCE

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Salary: Competitive

One of our local authority clients are currently recruiting for a Lawyer. This is a temporary contract for 3 months with possible further extension based on budget and performance. Main Purpose of Post/Job Summary The successful post holder will provide customer focused, high quality and responsive specialist legal advice in relation to more than one of the areas of legal expertise covered by a local authority legal team. They will be responsible for delivering a variety of types of legal work as expected within that specialism, as well as providing creative legal solutions on a seamless basis to support service transformation and change and to meet client needs and at the more senior levels to be able to deliver advice on a broad range of areas. They will also be required to carry an extensive case load of complex and sensitive matters. and be responsible for representing the interests of the service within the wider council organisations in any of the five authorities and with external clients. The role will also require support and supervision to legal and non-legal junior staff and to deputise for the Senior Lawyer, Principal Lawyer, Assistant Head of Law or Head of Law. Duties and Responsibilities * To provide timely and effective specialist legal advice to elected members, including committees and to Directors senior managers and officers across both authorities as part of a team of lawyers, and to any other clients of the Shared Legal Service. * To be responsible for providing innovative solutions to deal with complex issues arising in connection with the work within the team and the legal issues presented by clients. * To manage a large caseload of wide-ranging work within two of the above specialisms, including but not limited to; drafting legal letters, legal agreements, deeds, notices, orders, consents byelaws as well as negotiating agreements, settlements and such matters, managing competing demands and meeting deadlines and the requirements of the Shared Legal Service. * Where relevant, to prepare and process all matters relevant to any proceedings before a court, arbitration, mediation or public inquiry and to attend such as the client’s advocate or, if appropriate, select and instruct appropriate external legal representation. * To work proactively to maintain and improve the relationship with the clients of the Shared Legal Service. * To supervise, and be responsible for the work of, junior staff as required and to provide management and leadership to the staff working on their cases. * To undertake duties on behalf of the Monitoring Officer for all five authorities. * Keep clients informed of new legislation and case law relevant to their operations, including training seminars where appropriate and to ensure that they maintain a sound application of legal requirements. * Advise upon, draft and approve committee reports in respect of cases and legal issues. * Attend as the sole representative in order to advise and provide legal services to elected members at council Cabinets, Committees and Panels as are required. * Negotiating, on behalf of any of the five authorities, with solicitors and other professionals and liaising with outside bodies including the court service on matters relating to work of any client. * Any other duties as maybe commensurate with the grade. The above is a brief overview of the role, details and specification will be provided should you be successful. If interested in this position, please send your CV to Jahker Miah at Coyle Personnel Ltd

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