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Lawyer (Planning) / Senior Lawyer (Planning)

Employer
Herefordshire Council
Location
Hereford
Salary
£48,474 - £60,151
Closing date
4 Jul 2024
Reference
1642

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About The Role
Contract: Permanent 
Salary: £48,474.00 - £52,859.00 per annum - dependant on experience (HC11) £54,238.00 - £60,151.00 – dependent on experience (HC12)
Hours: 37
Location: Hereford
Closing Date: 04/07/2024
Lawyer / Senior Lawyer - Planning and Highways
We are looking for enthusiastic Planning and Highways Lawyer(s) to join our dedicated and friendly Economy and Environment Team within Legal Services.
The team is sub-divided into a Planning and Highways Team and a Litigation Team.  The roles require expertise in planning and highways law and you should be able to demonstrate knowledge in these specialisms.
You will provide legal advice and assistance on a wide range of issues, varying in complexity including but not limited to:
• Advice on large scale redevelopment schemes, CPOs, listed buildings, land contamination
•Drafting of S106 Planning Agreements and Highway Agreements
•Planning enforcement work and planning/highway prosecutions
•Dealing with Appeals and Public Inquiries
•Lawful Development Certificates, TPO advice
•Judicial Review ,High Court proceedings, governance and other areas of legal practice
 
You will be expected to:
•Provide advice to councillors, stakeholders and senior officers and to liaise with external bodies and legal advisers
• attend decision making meetings including Planning Committee remotely or in person if required.
•Undertake advocacy on contentious planning and highway matters, draft documents and review Cabinet and Planning Committee Reports.
•Contribute to the improvement of the Legal Services Team
•Support junior members of the team including the Legal Apprentice in legal practice and procedure contributing towards their professional development.
This role will suit a highly motivated and organised lawyer seeking a challenge with a proactive approach to problem-solving, an aptitude for legal research and willingness to contribute to the improvement of the Legal Services Team as a whole. Excellent client care skills and an eagerness to provide an excellent high quality service to our clients is a must.
The post holder must be either a Solicitor or Legal Executive who is a fellow of CiLEX or a qualified barrister.  We do not stipulate a certain PQE and would welcome applications from applicants at any stage of their career and whether or not your expertise is in the public or private sectors.
Why Herefordshire?
We’re offering you the flexibility and choice to make decisions about when you deliver your legal expertise. If you wish to work a four day week then we can accommodate this. If you want to compress your hours to give yourself more time in the afternoons or mornings then this is possible, and we also recognise that this can change to suit as circumstances change.  We fully recognise the importance of work-life balance and consider Herefordshire Council to be a modern, vibrant workplace where creativity and collaboration is actively encouraged.
Most of our lawyers work flexibly and largely work from their home base.  We anticipate that this would be the case for this role and therefore we encourage applications for nationwide from both public and private sector lawyers.
Our current team will happily tell you how friendly our team is.  We strive to work together, interact and problem solve in order for you to achieve your best and feel fully supported. We are happy to discuss career aspirations and are able to give you the support and opportunity to achieve them. You will be part of a team who strive for excellence and continuous professional growth, working in a supportive and flexible environment.
There is also a relocation package on offer for those interested in moving to Herefordshire.
 
Benefits of working for Herefordshire Council:

  • A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:
  • Pension Scheme Enrolment in the Local Government (LGPS)
  • Generous Annual Leave: 31 days’ annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays. You can also purchase an additional 10 days per annum
  • Flexible working: flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours and, in some instances, home working
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 access to support and counselling
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.
The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:
•Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
•Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant;
•Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care.   
We will deliver better support to our most vulnerable children and their families, develop stronger relationships with partners across the region, and beyond. Therefore, we take our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults seriously and expect all of our staff, visitors and volunteers to share in this commitment.
Herefordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people and vulnerable adults. If you are offered this position, it will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check and further pre-employment checks.
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.
To apply, please submit your CV and complete the supporting statement within the application form, referring to the job description & person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at: enquiries@hoopleresourcing.co.uk

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