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Corporate Services Lawyer

  • Location

    South West London, London

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  • Salary:

    £22.60 - £23.73 per hour

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  • Published:

    3 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

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Our client is seeking a Lawyer on an initial 3 Month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours and Pay Rate:

Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00. At a pay rate of £22.60 Per Hour PAYE.

Job Purpose:

  • To provide customer-focused, high quality and responsive specialist legal advice in relation to at least one of the area of legal expertise covered by a local authority legal team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To provide timely and effective specialist legal advice to elected members, including committees and to Chief Officers, senior managers and officers across both authorities as part of a team of lawyers, and to any other clients of the Shared Legal Service.
  • To be responsible for providing innovative solutions to deal with complex issues arising in connection with the work within the team and the legal issues presented by clients.
  • To manage a large caseload of wide-ranging work, including but not limited to; drafting legal letters, legal agreements, deeds, notices, orders, consents by-laws as well as negotiating agreements, settlements and such matters, managing competing demands and meeting deadlines and the requirements of the Shared Legal Service.
  • Where relevant, to prepare and process all matters relevant to any proceedings before a court, arbitration, mediation or public inquiry and to attend such as the client's advocate or, if appropriate, select and instruct appropriate external legal representation.
  • To work proactively to maintain and improve the relationship with the clients of the Shared Legal Service.
  • To supervise, and be responsible for the work of, junior staff as required and to provide management and leadership to the staff working on their cases.
  • To undertake duties on behalf of the Monitoring Officer for all five authorities.

Skills and Experience:

  • Qualified legal executive, solicitor or barrister or chartered legal executive with a background in local government
  • Good knowledge of relevant legislation to the service area and the decision making processes and procedures
  • Good understanding of current issues and best practice on service delivery relevant to the service areas
  • Good and demonstrable analytical legal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond efficiently to the changing needs of the clients
  • Ability to be able to travel to attend client officers or courts wherever the client's case is being considered
  • Commitment to the principles of and development of the Shared Legal Service
  • Ability to contribute to the ongoing development of the Shared Legal Service

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