This position is based at County Hall, Kingston Upon Thames. Currently team members are working from home. It is not known when office-based working will resume.
About the role
At Surrey County Council, within our Highways and Planning legal team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified senior solicitor or lawyer. We are looking for flexible and motivated colleagues to join this friendly and committed team. Our work is very varied and we work for informed and appreciative client teams.
The person appointed to this post will have conduct of a number of highways and planning agreements, some high profile, securing significant benefits for Surrey residents. You will also be required to advise on general highways and planning issues, planning enforcement, local government law, Commons, Village Greens, Public Rights of Way, and have conduct of any related litigation. You will advise Members, particularly Members of the County's Planning and Regulatory Committee. You will deputise for the Principal Lawyer as required. The work is fast-paced and key to the delivery of the Council's strategic goals..
You will clearly demonstrate that you have good experience in the relevant areas of law and the following skills and abilities:
- Negotiating highways and planning agreements;
- Providing solutions-focused and enabling advice on a range of planning and highways - related legal matters, and an ability to learn quickly about subjects of which you may not have had any prior experience;
- Drafting possibly complex briefs to Counsel
- Involvement in s78 TCPA 1990 appeals and drafting of related s106 agreements
- Effective team working;
- Supervision of paralegal and solicitor roles
- Managing competing priorities to achieve client deadlines; and
- Exemplary client care.
The team is supportive and knowledgeable and there is a commitment to development and training our in-house talent and support for training to cover new areas of practice.
Currently team members are working from home. It is not known when office-based working will resume.
For more information, please see the full job description attached at the bottom of this page.
For an informal discussion email Nancy El-Shatoury (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23 August 2020.
Interviews will take place in early September 2020.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
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