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Senior Lawyer - Planning

Employer
Stafford Borough & Cannock Chase District Councils
Location
Stafford, Staffordshire
Salary
Band K (SCP 36 - 40) £44,428 - £48,474 per annum
Closing date
18 Feb 2024
Reference
LAG102

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Legal
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Flexible hours
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Senior Lawyer - Planning (LAG102)

Band K (SCP 36 - 40) £44,428 - £48,474 per annum
37 hours per week
Payment of Professional Fee, Flexible Working Arrangements

Stafford Borough Council and Cannock Chase Council operate a shared in-house legal service. The legal service is based at Stafford, but some travel to our Cannock office will be required as and when needed.  The post also has the benefit of flexible and hybrid working. We are currently recruiting for a Senior Planning Lawyer and are seeking a suitably experienced lawyer (solicitor, barrister or legal executive) with experience in planning law, and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

This is a great opportunity to join a friendly and dedicated team of lawyers involved in a wide variety of legal work and focussed on providing excellent support to both of our councils. As one of our Senior Lawyers, you will have the opportunity to become involved across the legal function, including the supervision of other team members, but with a particular focus on the provision of legal advice and support in town and country planning work. Experience in local government is desirable but not essential and so we would also welcome applications from individuals who possess the relevant skills and experience with a desire to expand that experience into local government work.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website at: https://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers

Closing date for completed applications: Sunday 18 February 2024

Interviews will be held week commencing: 4 March 2024

Company

Seasons

Stafford Borough and Cannock Chase District Council are neighbouring authorities; working closely together and sharing a number of services to provide high quality, cost effective services for their residents, while retaining their own distinct priorities and identity.

Stafford Borough Council

Riverside, Civic Centre, Stafford, ST16 3AQ

Stafford Borough Council is a proactive and forward-thinking authority with big ambitions.

A Council that is financially resilient, sustainable and delivering good value for money, Stafford Borough Council evolves to meet the changing needs of our community.

Staffordshire’s largest district, covering an area of approximately 230 square miles and with a population of 131,000, Stafford Borough continues to forge strong partnership links with private, public and voluntary sector organisations to create award winning parks and open spaces, strong transport links, protect our area’s natural environment and encourage strong, cohesive communities by developing safe, clean and attractive places for local people to live, work and enjoy.

Please visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers for more information about us, the benefits rewards and learning opportunities available when working for us, and our commitment to equality and diversity.

Cannock Chase District Council

28 Beecroft Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1BG

Cannock Chase District Council serves a population of around 100,000 residents.  The District covers over 30 square-miles of southern Staffordshire, which includes 3 main town centres: Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley.  Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is popular with local residents as well as tourists.

Our ambition is to make a difference to local people’s lives.  In our 5 year Corporate Plan (2018-2023) we have 2 new key priorities which are: ‘Promote Prosperity’ and ‘Community Wellbeing’, which aim to improve the opportunities, wellbeing and quality of life of our communities.

Cannock Chase District Council is committed to Equality & Diversity and our employees enable us to reach our goals and deliver our services to a high standard.  We strive to recruit dynamic individuals who are seeking rewarding and satisfying job opportunities.

Working for us is not just a job; you will be playing a part in serving our communities; we are very much one team where everyone’s contribution is valued.

Full or part time and with a diverse range of career options, we may well have a job that suits you.

How to Apply

We advertise vacancies through a variety of media platforms but our on-line application form is only available from our respective websites at:

www.staffordbc.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers

www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/council/jobs/jobs-and-careers

Here you’ll find advice and guidance to help you register and complete your application, as well as register for vacancy alerts for specific roles.

If a hard copy application is preferred, please contact a member of the HR Services team on:

Stafford Borough Council – 01785 619655 or humanresources@staffordbc.gov.uk,

Cannock Chase District Council – 01543 462621 or humanresources@cannockchasedc.gov.uk

Please note we do not accept C.V.’s.

Learning and Development

From the start you will receive a warm welcome through an induction which will give you the opportunity to go through your role and responsibilities, terms of employment, learn about some of our key policies and procedures as well as provide you with some practical information to make the transition into your new role as smooth and effective as possible. 

We recognise that one approach does not fit all so we use a range of operational, developmental and statutory opportunities together with a combination of approaches and techniques to encourage and develop individual learning and growth.  Employee Reviews are completed on a regular basis and coaching and mentoring is available to develop individual skills, knowledge and confidence.  E-learning and ‘on the job’ training are used to support personal responsibility and a blended approach to learning.

Benefits and Rewards

We have a range of benefits which have been designed to make the council a positive, supportive and enjoyable place to work.

These include:

  • A friendly, supportive and positive working environment
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave entitlements
  • Flexible working, where applicable to the post
  • Family friendly and policies
  • Employee health and wellbeing schemes such as cycle to work and healthcare schemes
  • Positive working relationships with trade unions
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Employee support services
  • Occupational sick pay scheme

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to a working environment where everyone is valued without prejudice.  We value diversity and equality of opportunity for all existing and potential employees.  We will not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, or age.

When recruiting we shortlist using the information supplied on the application form only; personal information forms no part of the shortlisting process ensuring that decisions relating to recruitment are made on a purely objective basis relating to skills, ability and experience.

Any tests conducted as part of the interview process are designed to be non-discriminatory and relate purely to the demands of the role.

We are a Disability Confident Employer; we ensure that any disabled candidate meeting the essential criteria is guaranteed an interview.  A local veteran making the first transition from military to civilian employment is also guaranteed an interview where the essential criteria are met.

We are committed to supporting our employees in maintaining the health and wellbeing and have developed a range of resources and benefits to help us do so.  Our support for employees is accredited by national initiatives such as Mindful Employer (Stafford Borough Council) and Time to Change (Cannock Chase District Council).

Company info
Telephone
01785 619655 / 01543 462621
Location
Stafford / Cannock
United Kingdom

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