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Salary: Competitive

What does a Planning Lawyer do at Southwark Council? As a Planning Lawyer, you will be pivotal in providing legal advice and support across various council functions, with particular focus planning and development. You will hold a varied and interesting caseload from the outset and be required to maintain files in accordance with Lexcel standards. Your responsibilities will include advising committees, advising councillors and officers on general planning law, drafting and negotiating s106 agreements, s278/38 agreements, defending judicial reviews, conducting planning appeals, CPOs, advising about planning enforcement, environmental law and providing any related governance advice. Who are we looking for? We’re seeking a Planning Lawyer with a good understanding of local government law. As an admitted Solicitor, Barrister, or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with a current practising certificate (or eligible to apply for one), you will be able to evidence at least two years post-qualification experience in planning or significant pre-qualification experience in planning. You will have demonstrable experience of: * Managing a varied planning and highways caseload * Building and sustaining effective relationships with stakeholders * Working with a case management system * Meeting agreed performance targets. You will fit well into our team if you: * Use initiative and excellent problem solving skills to meet deadlines and manage conflicting priorities * Are able to adapt to changing demands * Enjoy finding practical solutions to legal issues * Are a team player who thrives when working as part of a supportive team * Have excellent written and verbal communication skills. About Southwark Council Southwark Council is the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues such as The Shard, The Tate Modern and Borough Market along with many social enterprises and we have a young, diverse, and growing population. At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities. Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do. Southwark’s Legal Service Our vision is to be the council’s first choice provider of legal services, offering a high-quality, sustainable, responsive and efficient value for money service to the council. Our team is a friendly and well respected in the planning industry. Their fantastic work makes a key contribution to the council’s overarching goal to deliver positive outcomes for our residents, businesses, and partners in terms of housing, office space and the council’s other plans for the local area identified in the Southwark Local Plan

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Birmingham, West Midlands
Posted 11.06.2024 (28 days remaining)

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