Are you committed to making a difference? Do you want the work to do to have a real impact for the local community? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career to undertake varied and complex case work?
Buckinghamshire Council is a new, ambitious Unitary Authority committed to establishing one of the best councils in the Country, creating positive change for local people, communities and business. The recently redesigned in-house legal service is expanding to support the varied work of this diverse Authority and to provide a wider range of in-house specialism.
About the role
We are seeking lawyers who enjoy working collaboratively to offer proactive, innovative and customer-focussed advice. Working closely with client departments to deliver the Council's statutory functions, legal services is at the heart of the organisation giving lawyers a real opportunity to shape services and to support multi-disciplined, high-profile projects.
We offer a fast-paced and extremely rewarding career in a supportive environment. This is an exciting time to join us, as we continue to grow and develop our service. Career development is something we are very passionate about; we are committed to building an exceptional in-house Legal Service, utilising our colleague's talent and making the most of what they have to offer.
We welcome applications from Solicitors, Barristers and Legal Executives to join our Litigation, Licensing and Employment Team. We are particularly seeking lawyers with knowledge and experience in relation to civil litigation. The work of the team is wide ranging from judicial review and personal injury to possession proceedings and complex construction disputes. The role includes representing the Council in courts, inquiries and tribunals. Experience of complex adult social care debt recovery work would be advantageous but not essential as training will be provided as required.
As a part of the litigation, licensing and employment team you will be flexible and prepared to take on challenging and varied legal work, sometimes within tight timescales.
Naturally, you'll be highly motivated and proactive. Whether you are newly qualified or have significant experience built from a career in the public or private sector, we are interested to hear from you.
Lessons learned from our response to Covid-19 have shaped the way we want to work in future. Online meetings via Microsoft Teams, and vlogs from our Senior Leadership Team have all played their part in allowing us to come together and work in ways which are even more flexible. We've adopted a new hybrid way of working, encouraging our colleagues to take control of their own work life balance. There will be times where you'll need to be in one of our offices, attend external meetings or hearings in Buckinghamshire and further afield.
If that's not enough reason to join us, you will be entitled to a range of benefits from Buckinghamshire Council including a very competitive employer pension contribution, generous annual leave allowance and discounts in a range of services and restaurants.
Take a look at our dedicated career social media pages @bucks_careers for exclusive content from our Legal Team, and to find out more about life at Buckinghamshire Council.
For an informal chat about this role in more detail, contact Angela Mills, Team Leader on 01494 421376.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
Our values and culture
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
- a fair and inclusive culture
- the chance to really make a difference to those around you
- health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
- a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
- ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that's why we're working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.
From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it's important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.
We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.
About the Business Unit
The Deputy Chief Executive directorate is central to Buckinghamshire Council's journey to establish itself as one of the best councils in the country. With a clear focus on service improvement through transformation and a drive to build better relationships with the local community, the directorate is fast-paced; but extremely rewarding. If you are ambitious, innovative, and would relish the opportunity to influence change - a role within our service area could be your next career move.