West Berkshire District Council has a vacancy for a qualified lawyer to join the Council’s Legal Services in the Planning and Governance Team.
The primary emphasis of this role will be in relation to data protection and information law but the post holder will also be expected to provide legal advice and assistance in other areas of work that the team cover i.e. planning, highways work and public rights of way. The role will encompass both contentious and non-contentious work. You will report to the Principal Lawyer (Planning and Governance) who also acts as the Council’s Data Protection Officer.
You will represent the Council in various forums, advising and working closely with officers and members. You will be expected to assist with training and ensuring the Council is kept up to date with relevant legislative and policy changes. Communication skills, both oral and written are key elements of this role and a significant level of professional judgement is required. IT skills and knowledge of digitisation software are also essential, as the Council intends to enhance its IT systems in order to further support this area of law.
We are ideally looking to offer the successful candidate the full number of hours advertised above. We may however consider offering less hours than advertised providing they meet the requirements of the role and service which will be determined by the recruiting manager.
West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days per annum (pro rata). This position is full time but we are open to requests for flexible working.
For an informal discussion, please contact Leigh Hogan, Legal Services Manager, Corporate and Communities Team on 01635 519626 or Shiraz Sheikh, Service Lead, Legal and Democratic Services on 01635 519456.