Commercial Lawyer

One Friargate, Coventry, CV1 2GR
£36,153 - £42,806 per annum
11 Jul 2018
19 Aug 2018
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We’re currently looking for an experienced and vibrant commercial lawyer to join our team to support the Council’s ambitious plans for Coventry.

Now is a really exciting time to join Coventry, we are firmly focused on regenerating with major developments and new projects taking place across the city. We are particularly proud to have been named City of Culture 2021.

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street.

Independently recognised by the Law Society and holding its LEXCEL accreditation, the team offers a professional comprehensive, tailor-made service to address legal issues of every description. We are very proud to have won the In House Legal Team of the Year 2017 at both the Birmingham Law Society’s awards and the MJ Achievement Awards .

As a Council with improvement at its heart, innovation and income generation, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of Coventry as well as our employees.

Your role

Providing professional support and advice to various clients throughout the Council. You will be involved in a range of contract, procument and funding agreements matters on behalf of the Council. The post also involves work on collaboration arrangements and advice on state aid. You’ll provide practical commercial advice and guidance on the impact and interpretation of relevant new legislation and case law, updating working policies and procedures as necessary under the direction of the Place Team Leader.

Key to your success will be your ability to offer clear and pragmatic advice, high quality drafting, exercised with excellent business nous. Always customer-focused and will have a basic understanding the nature of local government in-house legal services and demonstrate a willingness to contribute positively to service development and continuous improvement.

Your credentials

You’ll be an experienced Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive with a minimum of three years post qualification experience. A good working knowledge of commercial contract law and procurement law. It’s a background that will have enabled you to develop a sound understanding of local government and administrative law, and an appreciation of the challenges facing local authorities. You’ll be skilled at drafting legal documentation, providing concise and clear advice, and carrying out legal research and analysis. Well-organised and adaptable, you’ll be happy to take on challenges outside of your field of expertise and work closely with more junior members of the team.

For a discussion around the role, please contact Rob Parkes, Place Team Leader on 024 7683 3096.


To apply, please upload your current CV and a cover letter advising how you meet the requirements of the position.

Interview date

Wk 10th September 2018


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include working in a new purpose built modern office environment, within 1 minute walk from Coventry Train Station. This will also include working from home (subject to project/service area requirements), and a generous holiday allowance (starting at 35 days including bank holidays). In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, 'MyCar' scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at a number of city centre restaurants, shops and other establishments.


Equalities Statement

Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.

We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition

Key Requirements

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is covered by the Code of Practice on the English language fluency for public sector workers.

Please note we will communicate any interview arrangements with you via email, so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.

This vacancy and advert will be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible.

Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification.pdf

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