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Senior Legal Adviser (Commercial Contracts and Procurement)

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Job ID:

5674

Practice Area(s):

Procurement/Contracts

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

12.06.2018

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

HCC574
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Job Description:

Salary Range: £39,665 - £44,631 per annum

Work Location: The Castle, Winchester

We are recruiting for an experienced and qualified commercial contracts and procurement lawyer (qualified solicitor, barrister or equivalent) ideally with a minimum of 3 years PQE to join the Hampshire Legal Services’ Commercial Contracts and Procurement Team within Hampshire County Council. Based in Winchester, this is an in-house lawyer role where you will work individually and as part of a friendly team, providing professional and commercial advice to client departments and a wide range of other organisations delivering public services, such as fire and rescue authorities, national park authorities, maintained and academy schools and police and crime commissioners.

The ideal candidate will have experience and a thorough working knowledge of commercial contract, procurement, partnerships and company law. We are looking for a lawyer who is able to demonstrate: good legal skills and judgment; a pragmatic solution focussed approach; strong client relationship and communication skills; an ability to work in a team with a collaborative approach; and, an ability to prioritise effectively and to work independently to meet deadlines.

This is an excellent opportunity for a lawyer looking to build or develop their career in the public sector with one of the largest local authority legal teams in the country. This role offers the chance to work at the heart of Local Government and to contribute towards the vision for Hampshire County Council's future. We offer a healthy employment package including a generous annual leave entitlement, local government pension and flexible working opportunities, amongst other benefits.

To learn more about the Hampshire Legal Services please visit www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshirelegalservices.htm

Role Responsibilities:

Receiving instructions, giving advice and drafting documentation

•    To consistently provide genuine and effective professional and commercial advice and support to various Council departments on a range of commercial contracts, procurement and company secretarial matters.

Case Management

•    To handle casework including researching law as required, negotiating with third parties and stakeholders and comprehensively including liaison and briefing Counsel and other agencies where necessary in order to ensure that clients are represented in a consistently effective and professional manner.

•    To manage cases in accordance with Law Society Code of Conduct, Office Procedures Manual, Client Care Policy and accreditations such as Lexcel and internal/external standards, procedures and timescales. Continually monitor and review the law; determine and monitor liability and assess risks in relation to the case. Regularly up-date client in writing and by telephone.

Drafting and Representation

•    Managing a caseload of commercial contracts, procurement and company secretarial matters, giving advice and preparing documents in relation to supply of goods, services and works including in particular complex construction, IT, engineering and social services contracts, ensuring the interests of clients are protected and ensuring compliance with Contract Standing Orders and EU Procurement Regulations.

•    To prepare, draft and amend a range of commercial contracts as well as company and procurement documentation to a high professional standard, in order to ensure compliance, enforceability and to protect the interests of clients.

Negotiation

•    Conducting negotiations on behalf of the County Council and/or external clients in connection with commercial contracts, procurement, partnership and company and commercial contract matters. In particular, negotiation with contractors, partners and their legal advisors.

Research and Advice

•    Carrying out complex legal research covering a range of sources including UK & EU legislation, statutory guidance and case law.

•    Monitoring and evaluation of case law, legal developments, legislation, considering implications in order to enable provision of appropriate and relevant advice.

•    Advice to be presented in a concise manner in accordance with client’s requirements by telephone, face-to-face, conducting or attending meetings; by report, by e-mail to all levels to ensure that all relevant parties are kept informed and the client’s interests are protected whilst adopting a solution driven and enabling approach

Additional Responsibilities

Development, Training and Supervision

•    Providing support to other members of the legal practice where required; assisting in the development of junior members of staff, keeping colleagues apprised of current issues and developments in law in order to ensure a fully competent and professional team.

Monitoring

•    Advising where appropriate on compliance with Standing Orders and EU Procurement Rules and checking that funding and procurement approvals have been obtained through the democratic process. Advising clients on requirements and assisting them to achieve compliance.

Corporate and statutory initiatives - equalities/health and safety/e-government/sustainability

•    To ensure that all relevant initiatives and legislation are considered in the advice and action recommended to clients.

Internal Communications

•    To attend and contribute to team meetings, ensuring that relevant information is shared effectively.  To share information and support colleagues on a daily basis in order to ensure the provision of an efficient service.

The role dimensions

•    This role has a varied case load of complex and business as usual commercial contract, procurement and company secretarial matters.

•    Give guidance and direction as required to colleagues and junior members of staff.

•    Provides advice which takes into account client’s business needs and objectives in a way which facilitates the client to fulfil its commitments by having appropriate contracts and partnerships in place.
 
Key decision making areas in this role

•    Appropriate advice/action to the County Council’s departments as well as external clients to protect the interests of the County Council and/or external clients whilst providing options and advising on risks.

•    The role deals with many contracts where decisions and actions are critical to the client department and organisation.

•    The role advises junior members of the team as appropriate.
 
Main contacts

•    Chief Officers
•    Colleagues within the Hampshire Legal Services
•    Senior Managers
•    Other Departments
•    External Clients (e.g. Police/Fire Service)
•    External agencies/organisations including other Local Authorities, Legal Practice

Role Requirements:

•    Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or equivalent.
•    An ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
•    Thorough working knowledge of commercial contract and procurement practice as well as knowledge of partnerships and company law.
•    An ability to conduct correspondence in a professional manner.
•    An ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment.
•    Proven experience of team working

Working Conditions:

•    Carrying heavy files.
•    Workload stress and stress of meeting client deadlines. This role experiences very significant time constraint pressures that are dictated by the clients on a day to day basis.
•    Display Screen Equipment: both Desktop and Laptop PC.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Kim Hurst, Head of Contracts and Procurement on 01962 845834 or kim.hurst@hants.gov.uk

Closing date: 9 September 2018

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

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
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Hampshire County Council
Hampshire, South-East (exc London), United Kingdom

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Senior Legal Adviser (Commercial Contracts and Procurement)

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Job ID:

5674

Practice Area(s):

Procurement/Contracts

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

12.06.2018

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

HCC574
col-wide   

Job Description:

Salary Range: £39,665 - £44,631 per annum

Work Location: The Castle, Winchester

We are recruiting for an experienced and qualified commercial contracts and procurement lawyer (qualified solicitor, barrister or equivalent) ideally with a minimum of 3 years PQE to join the Hampshire Legal Services’ Commercial Contracts and Procurement Team within Hampshire County Council. Based in Winchester, this is an in-house lawyer role where you will work individually and as part of a friendly team, providing professional and commercial advice to client departments and a wide range of other organisations delivering public services, such as fire and rescue authorities, national park authorities, maintained and academy schools and police and crime commissioners.

The ideal candidate will have experience and a thorough working knowledge of commercial contract, procurement, partnerships and company law. We are looking for a lawyer who is able to demonstrate: good legal skills and judgment; a pragmatic solution focussed approach; strong client relationship and communication skills; an ability to work in a team with a collaborative approach; and, an ability to prioritise effectively and to work independently to meet deadlines.

This is an excellent opportunity for a lawyer looking to build or develop their career in the public sector with one of the largest local authority legal teams in the country. This role offers the chance to work at the heart of Local Government and to contribute towards the vision for Hampshire County Council's future. We offer a healthy employment package including a generous annual leave entitlement, local government pension and flexible working opportunities, amongst other benefits.

To learn more about the Hampshire Legal Services please visit www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshirelegalservices.htm

Role Responsibilities:

Receiving instructions, giving advice and drafting documentation

•    To consistently provide genuine and effective professional and commercial advice and support to various Council departments on a range of commercial contracts, procurement and company secretarial matters.

Case Management

•    To handle casework including researching law as required, negotiating with third parties and stakeholders and comprehensively including liaison and briefing Counsel and other agencies where necessary in order to ensure that clients are represented in a consistently effective and professional manner.

•    To manage cases in accordance with Law Society Code of Conduct, Office Procedures Manual, Client Care Policy and accreditations such as Lexcel and internal/external standards, procedures and timescales. Continually monitor and review the law; determine and monitor liability and assess risks in relation to the case. Regularly up-date client in writing and by telephone.

Drafting and Representation

•    Managing a caseload of commercial contracts, procurement and company secretarial matters, giving advice and preparing documents in relation to supply of goods, services and works including in particular complex construction, IT, engineering and social services contracts, ensuring the interests of clients are protected and ensuring compliance with Contract Standing Orders and EU Procurement Regulations.

•    To prepare, draft and amend a range of commercial contracts as well as company and procurement documentation to a high professional standard, in order to ensure compliance, enforceability and to protect the interests of clients.

Negotiation

•    Conducting negotiations on behalf of the County Council and/or external clients in connection with commercial contracts, procurement, partnership and company and commercial contract matters. In particular, negotiation with contractors, partners and their legal advisors.

Research and Advice

•    Carrying out complex legal research covering a range of sources including UK & EU legislation, statutory guidance and case law.

•    Monitoring and evaluation of case law, legal developments, legislation, considering implications in order to enable provision of appropriate and relevant advice.

•    Advice to be presented in a concise manner in accordance with client’s requirements by telephone, face-to-face, conducting or attending meetings; by report, by e-mail to all levels to ensure that all relevant parties are kept informed and the client’s interests are protected whilst adopting a solution driven and enabling approach

Additional Responsibilities

Development, Training and Supervision

•    Providing support to other members of the legal practice where required; assisting in the development of junior members of staff, keeping colleagues apprised of current issues and developments in law in order to ensure a fully competent and professional team.

Monitoring

•    Advising where appropriate on compliance with Standing Orders and EU Procurement Rules and checking that funding and procurement approvals have been obtained through the democratic process. Advising clients on requirements and assisting them to achieve compliance.

Corporate and statutory initiatives - equalities/health and safety/e-government/sustainability

•    To ensure that all relevant initiatives and legislation are considered in the advice and action recommended to clients.

Internal Communications

•    To attend and contribute to team meetings, ensuring that relevant information is shared effectively.  To share information and support colleagues on a daily basis in order to ensure the provision of an efficient service.

The role dimensions

•    This role has a varied case load of complex and business as usual commercial contract, procurement and company secretarial matters.

•    Give guidance and direction as required to colleagues and junior members of staff.

•    Provides advice which takes into account client’s business needs and objectives in a way which facilitates the client to fulfil its commitments by having appropriate contracts and partnerships in place.
 
Key decision making areas in this role

•    Appropriate advice/action to the County Council’s departments as well as external clients to protect the interests of the County Council and/or external clients whilst providing options and advising on risks.

•    The role deals with many contracts where decisions and actions are critical to the client department and organisation.

•    The role advises junior members of the team as appropriate.
 
Main contacts

•    Chief Officers
•    Colleagues within the Hampshire Legal Services
•    Senior Managers
•    Other Departments
•    External Clients (e.g. Police/Fire Service)
•    External agencies/organisations including other Local Authorities, Legal Practice

Role Requirements:

•    Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or equivalent.
•    An ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
•    Thorough working knowledge of commercial contract and procurement practice as well as knowledge of partnerships and company law.
•    An ability to conduct correspondence in a professional manner.
•    An ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities in a busy office environment.
•    Proven experience of team working

Working Conditions:

•    Carrying heavy files.
•    Workload stress and stress of meeting client deadlines. This role experiences very significant time constraint pressures that are dictated by the clients on a day to day basis.
•    Display Screen Equipment: both Desktop and Laptop PC.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Kim Hurst, Head of Contracts and Procurement on 01962 845834 or kim.hurst@hants.gov.uk

Closing date: 9 September 2018

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

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.