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Property Lawyer

  • Location

    Morden, Surrey

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  • Salary:

    £17.03 - £17.88 per hour

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  • Published:

    5 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Our client is seeking a Property Lawyer on the initial 6 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours-

35 hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate-

£17.03 p/h

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. These areas are as follows:

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 improvement 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.

- Keep clients informed of new legislation and case law relevant to their operations, including training seminars where appropriate and to ensure that they maintain a sound application of legal requirements.

- Advise upon, draft and approve committee reports in respect of cases and legal issues

- Attend, advise and provide legal services to council Committees and Panels as are required.

- Negotiating, on behalf of any of the five authorities, with solicitors and other professionals and liaising with outside bodies including the court service on matters relating to work of any client.

- Any other duties as maybe commensurate with the grade

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

- Experience of staff management and ability to manage, inspire and motivate staff

- 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

- Good communication skills, both orally and in writing and good numeracy and analytical skills

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