Hailsham, East Sussex
£24.24 - £25.45 per hour
2 months ago
Our client is seeking a Contract Lawyer on an initial 1 month contract with the possibility of an extension.
37 Hours per week
Monday - Friday
To assist in the provision of a comprehensive legal service to the Councils, their committees and officers at all levels and, in particular, providing advice and support in respect of all Planning law matters. The work will include contentious and non-contentious matters.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- To provide legal advice and support on all aspects of Planning law to the Councils' officers and Members generally.
- To assist with the issue and drafting of planning Enforcement Notices, Section 106 Agreements and other planning-related documentation.
- To attend, as required, the meetings of the Planning Committees, working groups and briefings of Councils and to assist with the provision of legal advice on applications and liaise with the Chairman of the relevant Committee, other Members and Officers.
- To assist with and ensure the proper conduct of Planning-related litigation.
- To assist with and ensure the proper conduct of Planning Inquiries.
- To undertake a range of other legal work outside the field of planning as may be required by the Head of Business Services or the Legal Services Manager, including:
- corporate matters;
- data protection and freedom of information issues.
- In order to carry out its duties, the postholder will be required to:
- Draft, review, amend and complete all appropriate legal agreements, notices and other documents relating to Planning law matters;
- Undertake legal research and advise accordingly;
- Prepare reports and correspondence on planning-related matters;
- Attend Committee and other meetings as required in respect of Planning law matters;
- Instruct Counsel and external solicitors as appropriate;
- Prepare all relevant matters for public inquiries, court or other hearings; and
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the relevant areas of case law and legislation and advise on an implications changes in these areas may have on the work of the Council.
- To abide by the Council's Equal Opportunity Policy Statement which makes commitment to promote equal opportunities and race equality in Wealden.
- To act in accordance with the Council's health and safety policy to take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work activity.
- To undertake such other activities as may be decided by the Council or the Head of Service commensurate with the level of the post.
Skills and Experience:
- Good knowledge and understanding of planning law and practice.
- Some knowledge and understanding of local government law.
- Some knowledge and understanding of data protection and freedom of information law and practice.
- Good knowledge of relevant legal research packages.
- Evidence of proven written and verbal communication skills.
- Evidence proven research skills.
- Ability to work well in a team.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- A good level of IT skills including word processing.
- High standards of client care and customer service.
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