Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils

Principal Solicitor

Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT
£41,881 - £45,859
10 Jan 2022
30 Jan 2022
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Malvern Hills District Council is a great place to work, with high levels of resident satisfaction and motivated staff who enjoy working with us. Located in South Worcestershire the district boasts a beautiful natural environment, a rich heritage and plenty to do and see. Malvern Hills District is also ranked in the top 20 best rural places to live in the UK.

We pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation who spends our time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.

Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find.  That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, and discounted gym membership.

We share a Chief Executive and a joint management team with Wychavon District Council.  Whilst they retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities and operate and develop shared services and partnership arrangements with each other and with other councils.


Principal Solicitor

£41,881 - £45,859 per annum

This senior role within the legal team will assist the Head of Legal Services in the provision of an effective shared legal service to both Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council.

You will act as the Deputy Monitoring Officer for Malvern Hills District Council and will support the Director of Legal and Governance with investigating member conduct complaints.

With support from the Head of Legal Services, you will manage posts LS526, Solicitor and LS688, Senior Legal Executive to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources particularly with regard to planning and litigation matters within the team.

You will also be required to demonstrate commitment to delivering the Council's values of great customer service, openness and accountability, innovation and improvement and fairness and respect as well as championing and demonstrating the Council’s Leadership Behaviour Framework by inspiring, communicating, collaborating and empowering self and others and leading by example.

Key Requirements:

  • You will be a qualified solicitor or barrister who has good working knowledge of Town and Country Planning legislation. Relevant local government experience would be an advantage but is not essential. You will work closely with clients across several directorates and will lead on a range of matters particularly relating to planning and planning enforcement.
  • Please see the attached Job description and key requirements for further details.

Skills & Experience: 

We are looking for someone with excellent skills in:

  • communication,
  • drafting,
  • advocacy
  • organisational skills.

Experience of conducting / instructing Counsel to undertake planning appeals/hearings on behalf of the Council, experience of advocacy in the Civil and/or Criminal Courts and/or at Tribunals as well as experience of interpreting, advising and drafting new policies and procedures would also be desirable for this role.


To discuss the post or for further information, please call Heather Peachey, Head of Legal Services on 01684 862348


Closing date: 30 January 2022


Interview date: 9 February 2022

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