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Senior Lawyer (Planning)

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Job ID:

30221

Practice Area(s):

Planning

Location:

Devon, South-West 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Part-Time

Posted:

28.03.2024

Employer type:

Local Authority
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Job Description:

£52,428 - £55,420 pro rata

30 hours per week

Torbay is breathtaking, captivating, and welcoming, occupying a prime position on the south coast of Devon. Currently experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and the council’s own ambitious transformation programme have given Torbay the opportunity to capitalise on the area’s profile and many assets.

As a small unitary authority, you’ll discover Torbay is a place where you can make things happen quickly. We have real momentum building, fuelled by a shared sense of purpose and ambition - which is clearly evident by our recent success in being awarded the ‘Most Improved Council’ at LGC Awards in 2023. We want Torbay and its residents to thrive and are committed to making a difference in our community, delivering high quality services to local people.

To complement this journey, we are seeking a Senior Lawyer (Planning), to join our Legal Services Team to handle a case load primarily within the specialist area of planning and highways, in order to support the wider property team.

Undertaking the role of a Senior Lawyer (Planning), you will have had experience of working within the specialist area of planning and highways, with the provision of legal advice and have extensive experience in negotiating planning and highways agreements, attending planning committee, advising on planning enforcement notices and assisting with the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan procedures and Compulsory Purchase Orders.  You will also have experience of attending and preparing for matters at the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, County Court and High Court and in all other tribunals or hearings of whatever description and if possible, experience in advocacy or instructing counsel on prosecutions appeals and other court/inquiry work.  You will also admitted and be practicing as a Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (or equivalent), with at least 3 years post qualification experience.  
 
The ideal candidate will be excited by a fast-paced and varied caseload, conscientious, professionally curious and a role model to other team members. In return, you will join a supportive and rewarding organisation and team, whereby your talent will be valued and actively developed. At Torbay Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from our people, and we are excited for you to join us.

We also prioritise wellbeing and have a flexible approach to work life balance. We know that life doesn’t revolve around work. We have a set of family friendly policies to support you that all provide more than the statutory minimum.  We offer hybrid working which is managed effectively around the need to attend essential meetings and/or make court appearances in line with the remit of the role.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to work for an employer that is in a great period of change and sees legal services as not simply a support function, but an enabler in the pursuit of their ambitious transformation journey. 

In return we offer:
  • A generous salary (to include market supplement). 
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing with length of service (pro rata in the case of part time employees). 
  • A Career Average Re-Valued Earnings (CARE) pension scheme through Peninsula Pensions. 
  • Flexible working. 
  • Paid professional subscription. 
  • Learning and development opportunities.  
  • A supportive management and team structure.  
  • Family friendly policies. 
  • Key skills relocation package. 
  • Golden Hello opportunity. 
  • A wide range of lifestyle discounts and health and wellbeing benefits. 
We would welcome applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

For an informal chat please contact Claire Kitchener on 01803 207168 or Claire.Kitchener@torbay.gov.uk, or Philip Taylor on 01803 207142.

Our adverts do sometimes close early - even where there's a published deadline - so if you're keen, please apply as soon as possible.

Skills
Essential:

  • Ability to give clear and accurate legal advice. 
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Analytical and problem solving skills. 
As this post meets the requirements of the Immigration Act 2016 (part 7), the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Knowledge
Essential:

  • High level of knowledge of the law and procedure in the specialist area. 
  • Detailed knowledge of the law relating to local government. 
  • General awareness of the policies aims and objectives of the Council. 

Experience & Qualifications
Essential:

  • Admitted as a practising solicitor, legal executive (fellow) or barrister with at least 3 years PQE. 
  • Suitably trained as a legal advisor / advocate. 
  • Experience of working in a legal environment. 
Closing date: 24 April 2024
Interview date: W/c 6 May 2024

For further information or to apply, please click on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below.
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Torbay Council
Devon, South-West, United Kingdom

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Torbay Council
Devon, South-West, United Kingdom
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Senior Lawyer (Planning)

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Job ID:

30221

Practice Area(s):

Planning

Location:

Devon, South-West 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Part-Time

Posted:

28.03.2024

Employer type:

Local Authority
col-wide   

Job Description:

£52,428 - £55,420 pro rata

30 hours per week

Torbay is breathtaking, captivating, and welcoming, occupying a prime position on the south coast of Devon. Currently experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and the council’s own ambitious transformation programme have given Torbay the opportunity to capitalise on the area’s profile and many assets.

As a small unitary authority, you’ll discover Torbay is a place where you can make things happen quickly. We have real momentum building, fuelled by a shared sense of purpose and ambition - which is clearly evident by our recent success in being awarded the ‘Most Improved Council’ at LGC Awards in 2023. We want Torbay and its residents to thrive and are committed to making a difference in our community, delivering high quality services to local people.

To complement this journey, we are seeking a Senior Lawyer (Planning), to join our Legal Services Team to handle a case load primarily within the specialist area of planning and highways, in order to support the wider property team.

Undertaking the role of a Senior Lawyer (Planning), you will have had experience of working within the specialist area of planning and highways, with the provision of legal advice and have extensive experience in negotiating planning and highways agreements, attending planning committee, advising on planning enforcement notices and assisting with the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan procedures and Compulsory Purchase Orders.  You will also have experience of attending and preparing for matters at the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, County Court and High Court and in all other tribunals or hearings of whatever description and if possible, experience in advocacy or instructing counsel on prosecutions appeals and other court/inquiry work.  You will also admitted and be practicing as a Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (or equivalent), with at least 3 years post qualification experience.  
 
The ideal candidate will be excited by a fast-paced and varied caseload, conscientious, professionally curious and a role model to other team members. In return, you will join a supportive and rewarding organisation and team, whereby your talent will be valued and actively developed. At Torbay Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from our people, and we are excited for you to join us.

We also prioritise wellbeing and have a flexible approach to work life balance. We know that life doesn’t revolve around work. We have a set of family friendly policies to support you that all provide more than the statutory minimum.  We offer hybrid working which is managed effectively around the need to attend essential meetings and/or make court appearances in line with the remit of the role.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to work for an employer that is in a great period of change and sees legal services as not simply a support function, but an enabler in the pursuit of their ambitious transformation journey. 

In return we offer:
  • A generous salary (to include market supplement). 
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing with length of service (pro rata in the case of part time employees). 
  • A Career Average Re-Valued Earnings (CARE) pension scheme through Peninsula Pensions. 
  • Flexible working. 
  • Paid professional subscription. 
  • Learning and development opportunities.  
  • A supportive management and team structure.  
  • Family friendly policies. 
  • Key skills relocation package. 
  • Golden Hello opportunity. 
  • A wide range of lifestyle discounts and health and wellbeing benefits. 
We would welcome applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

For an informal chat please contact Claire Kitchener on 01803 207168 or Claire.Kitchener@torbay.gov.uk, or Philip Taylor on 01803 207142.

Our adverts do sometimes close early - even where there's a published deadline - so if you're keen, please apply as soon as possible.

Skills
Essential:

  • Ability to give clear and accurate legal advice. 
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Analytical and problem solving skills. 
As this post meets the requirements of the Immigration Act 2016 (part 7), the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Knowledge
Essential:

  • High level of knowledge of the law and procedure in the specialist area. 
  • Detailed knowledge of the law relating to local government. 
  • General awareness of the policies aims and objectives of the Council. 

Experience & Qualifications
Essential:

  • Admitted as a practising solicitor, legal executive (fellow) or barrister with at least 3 years PQE. 
  • Suitably trained as a legal advisor / advocate. 
  • Experience of working in a legal environment. 
Closing date: 24 April 2024
Interview date: W/c 6 May 2024

For further information or to apply, please click on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below.