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Senior Legal Adviser

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Job ID:

8165

Practice Area(s):

Procurement/Contracts

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

08.02.2019

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

HCC7969
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Job Description:

£39,665 - £44,631 per annum

Explore your potential with Hampshire Legal Services

Supporting the Commercial Contracts and Procurement team, our close-knit unit of 12 enjoy working across a plethora of fascinating projects. Taking on tasks that are as challenging as they are career-defining, our people advise on complex large-scale projects that enable the departments to achieve their ambitious targets.

We currently have a number of roles available within our friendly team, with the remit of providing commercial advice relating to contracts, procurements, shared and traded service models and company secretarial services. Our roles offer the unique level of support that comes with this team and provides a valuable opportunity to further your career in our well-respected team.

Working with internal client departments and external organisations that deliver public services you will manage an interesting caseload relating to contracts for the provision of goods, services and works. This will include complex construction, IT, engineering and social services contracts, for which you will be the first port of call for legal advice on commercial contracts and procurement including the drafting and negotiation of contracts.  As a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or equivalent with extensive post-qualification experience, you will ideally have recent relevant experience of working in local government or another public sector authority (though this is not strictly necessary) in the area of commercial contracts and procurement law.

We will expect you to have the capacity to think analytically and take a creative approach to solving problems and be customer-focussed with excellent negotiating and influencing skills. You will also have a good awareness of current legal issues, and your business and financial acumen will be exemplary. 

Our commitment to delivering an exceptional quality of life to our residents also extends to our employees. It is important to us that our staff feel supported in their work. As such, we will consider applications for a variety of flexible working options, including part-time and term-time only positions. Furthermore, you will benefit from a competitive salary, a generous holiday allowance and access to a desirable pension scheme.

Make the most important decision you will ever make in your career – join us and explore what the future could look like with Hampshire County Council.

Job Purpose:

To provide legal advice to the County Council’s departments and other external clients.

To support the delivery of a modern legal service that meets the business needs and objectives of the Commercial Contracts and Procurement team and in accordance with the agreed Client Service Plans, whilst ensuring corporate priorities are met within the legal service.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To promote the Vision and Purpose of Hampshire Legal Services and the embedding of the principles of the Staff and Service Charters in service delivery, through personal conduct and communication.
  • To support service development, improvement and innovation through a balanced approach to the management of risk.  To assist developing policy, capacity and business practices within the Team and across Hampshire Legal Services to support approved performance and outcomes for the Council and partners.
  • To consistently provide genuine commercial advice and support as appropriate to work that is within the area of the service provided by the Team and which is of particular significance to clients having regard to risks. 
  • To develop and integrate into mainstream delivery, directly accessible resources on relevant legal issues and frequently raised queries, to enable client departments to take greater responsibility for appropriate tasks that would otherwise have been referred to Hampshire Legal Services and to deliver greater efficiencies.
  • To generate new external income and recover costs wherever practicable, including new client development and the attendance at networking events.
  • To ensure all relevant corporate initiatives and legislation are considered in the advice and action recommended to clients.
  • Identify and advise clients when actions are likely to cause the Council to act unlawfully.
  • Advising on reports and recommendations to ensure that business objectives are achieved through relevant legal frameworks.
  • Giving professional advice and guidance to Team members.
  • Being responsible for a varied caseload of matters relating to commercial contracts and procurement, shared and traded services and company secretarial services.
  • To attend and contribute to team meetings, ensuring that relevant information is shared effectively. To support colleagues on a daily basis, in order to ensure the provision of an efficient service.
  • To keep up to date with developments in law especially within particular area of competence and to effectively facilitate training workshops to departments in order to share expertise and contribute to the provision of an efficient service.

Role Requirements:

  • Qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or Legal Executive with extensive post-qualification experience.
  • Capacity to understand the Vision and Purpose of Legal Services and the Staff and Service Charters.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to persuade and influence and maintain the confidence and trust of clients.
  • Good understanding of the concept of client care with evidence of having applied this in practice.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.  The ability to analyse and present complex issues to individuals as well as larger groups.
  • An understanding of the clients’ business and service objectives.
  • In depth knowledge of legal frameworks and current legal issues and their relevance to the work of the Commercial Contracts and Procurement Team.
  • A customer focused approach with the ability to relate to people at a professional peer level.
  • Effective drafting, negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to assess and evaluate business risk, and to present legal risks in the context of the client’s business.
  • Ability to initiate change and manage the process to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Be politically astute at all levels in the organisation.

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

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Kim Hurst, Head of Contracts and Procurement, on 01962 845834

Closing date: 17th March 2019

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.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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Hampshire County Council
Hampshire, South-East (exc London), United Kingdom

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Senior Legal Adviser

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Job ID:

8165

Practice Area(s):

Procurement/Contracts

Location:

Hampshire, South-East (exc London) 

Role:

Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

08.02.2019

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

HCC7969
col-wide   

Job Description:

£39,665 - £44,631 per annum

Explore your potential with Hampshire Legal Services

Supporting the Commercial Contracts and Procurement team, our close-knit unit of 12 enjoy working across a plethora of fascinating projects. Taking on tasks that are as challenging as they are career-defining, our people advise on complex large-scale projects that enable the departments to achieve their ambitious targets.

We currently have a number of roles available within our friendly team, with the remit of providing commercial advice relating to contracts, procurements, shared and traded service models and company secretarial services. Our roles offer the unique level of support that comes with this team and provides a valuable opportunity to further your career in our well-respected team.

Working with internal client departments and external organisations that deliver public services you will manage an interesting caseload relating to contracts for the provision of goods, services and works. This will include complex construction, IT, engineering and social services contracts, for which you will be the first port of call for legal advice on commercial contracts and procurement including the drafting and negotiation of contracts.  As a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or equivalent with extensive post-qualification experience, you will ideally have recent relevant experience of working in local government or another public sector authority (though this is not strictly necessary) in the area of commercial contracts and procurement law.

We will expect you to have the capacity to think analytically and take a creative approach to solving problems and be customer-focussed with excellent negotiating and influencing skills. You will also have a good awareness of current legal issues, and your business and financial acumen will be exemplary. 

Our commitment to delivering an exceptional quality of life to our residents also extends to our employees. It is important to us that our staff feel supported in their work. As such, we will consider applications for a variety of flexible working options, including part-time and term-time only positions. Furthermore, you will benefit from a competitive salary, a generous holiday allowance and access to a desirable pension scheme.

Make the most important decision you will ever make in your career – join us and explore what the future could look like with Hampshire County Council.

Job Purpose:

To provide legal advice to the County Council’s departments and other external clients.

To support the delivery of a modern legal service that meets the business needs and objectives of the Commercial Contracts and Procurement team and in accordance with the agreed Client Service Plans, whilst ensuring corporate priorities are met within the legal service.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To promote the Vision and Purpose of Hampshire Legal Services and the embedding of the principles of the Staff and Service Charters in service delivery, through personal conduct and communication.
  • To support service development, improvement and innovation through a balanced approach to the management of risk.  To assist developing policy, capacity and business practices within the Team and across Hampshire Legal Services to support approved performance and outcomes for the Council and partners.
  • To consistently provide genuine commercial advice and support as appropriate to work that is within the area of the service provided by the Team and which is of particular significance to clients having regard to risks. 
  • To develop and integrate into mainstream delivery, directly accessible resources on relevant legal issues and frequently raised queries, to enable client departments to take greater responsibility for appropriate tasks that would otherwise have been referred to Hampshire Legal Services and to deliver greater efficiencies.
  • To generate new external income and recover costs wherever practicable, including new client development and the attendance at networking events.
  • To ensure all relevant corporate initiatives and legislation are considered in the advice and action recommended to clients.
  • Identify and advise clients when actions are likely to cause the Council to act unlawfully.
  • Advising on reports and recommendations to ensure that business objectives are achieved through relevant legal frameworks.
  • Giving professional advice and guidance to Team members.
  • Being responsible for a varied caseload of matters relating to commercial contracts and procurement, shared and traded services and company secretarial services.
  • To attend and contribute to team meetings, ensuring that relevant information is shared effectively. To support colleagues on a daily basis, in order to ensure the provision of an efficient service.
  • To keep up to date with developments in law especially within particular area of competence and to effectively facilitate training workshops to departments in order to share expertise and contribute to the provision of an efficient service.

Role Requirements:

  • Qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or Legal Executive with extensive post-qualification experience.
  • Capacity to understand the Vision and Purpose of Legal Services and the Staff and Service Charters.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to persuade and influence and maintain the confidence and trust of clients.
  • Good understanding of the concept of client care with evidence of having applied this in practice.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.  The ability to analyse and present complex issues to individuals as well as larger groups.
  • An understanding of the clients’ business and service objectives.
  • In depth knowledge of legal frameworks and current legal issues and their relevance to the work of the Commercial Contracts and Procurement Team.
  • A customer focused approach with the ability to relate to people at a professional peer level.
  • Effective drafting, negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to assess and evaluate business risk, and to present legal risks in the context of the client’s business.
  • Ability to initiate change and manage the process to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Be politically astute at all levels in the organisation.

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

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Kim Hurst, Head of Contracts and Procurement, on 01962 845834

Closing date: 17th March 2019

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.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group.