Lead Principal Lawyer (Regeneration, Planning and Property)
There has never been a more interesting and exciting time to be a regeneration, project or commercial lawyer at Wirral Council. We are busy expanding our team of lawyers, to provide us with the right mix of people and skills to respond to the innovation, improvement and growth around us and provide an excellent legal service to the Council and our communities.
In order to achieve our objectives we are looking for a Lead Principal Lawyer. This is an exciting role that will direct, lead and manage the provision of high quality, professional legal services within the areas of regeneration, planning and property. A key focus will be to ensure the delivery of constructive legal and constitutional advice and assistance to Council, Committees/Panels, Elected Members and senior management across the organisation.
The post holder will be leading in-house and external services across regeneration, planning and property legal services, including high value, high profile, complex matters in all areas of these fields, ensuring the Council’s objectives are at the heart of the service. The successful candidate will directly support the Monitoring Officer and Senior Leadership Team to ensure the success of the large-scale regeneration activity and economic growth ambitions for Wirral, delivered through the post-holder’s direct advice and involvement, their role as intelligent-client and general counsel and as manager of the in-house service.
We are looking for someone with strong leadership and relationship management skills, with a passion and drive to deliver results consistently and provide high standards of customer care. You will be a qualified and practising barrister, solicitor, legal executive (Fellow) or equivalent (subject to or awaiting QLTS). Also having significant post qualification experience in relation to regeneration, property and/or planning matters. You will have knowledge of local government legislation and guidance with an awareness of current local government issues and have experience dealing with complex matters within relevant areas of law, having provided advice, guidance, and support in a wide variety of cases.
The successful candidate will have a positive, ‘can-do’ style of working whilst having the confidence to challenge the status quo and show tact, diplomacy, empathy and political awareness with resilience, especially in dealing with competing and demanding pressures and potentially emotionally difficult situations and information. Ultimately, you will demonstrate a commitment and enthusiasm to making a difference for residents, you will role model our values and will be an ambassador for the Council.
Interviews are planned for January
This post is politically restricted at Specified level.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Vicki Shaw on 0151 691 8481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org