North Yorkshire
£37,849 to £41,675
17 Jul 2019
27 Aug 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Ryedale District Council are recruiting for two Solicitors to provide modern, enabling, effective and efficient legal advice to the Council, staff and Members. 

The Council is a dynamic, positive and forward-thinking organisation and they expect their employees to share this ethos. You'll be a qualified Solicitor who is proactive and hungry for making a real difference in a local government setting through championing legal and constitutional compliance and enabling progression through a risk managed, not risk averse approach. The successful candidate will be solutions-driven, flexible and able to actively manage and mitigate risks in the day-to-day progression of Council business. 

You'll be responsible for presenting cases and representing the Council in courts and tribunals as well as supporting staff in conducting their responsibilities in a legally and constitutionally compliant manner. You will also contribute to the development of Legal Services, adopting and embedding continuous improvement so that it supports the operation of a modern Council. Additional duties include those of Deputy Monitoring Officer for the Council, conducting property transactions and providing related legal advice and other duties commensurate with the responsibility level of this post. 

A confidence working with Elected Members is crucial, as is a resilience when working in a dynamic political and publically transparent environment. You should be confident in carrying out investigations, including those involving adherence to Council standards. Confidence and trust in Legal Services by the public and staff is crucial to the Council, so you'll need to be confident in dealing with a wide range of people and presenting yourself in a clear, credible and helpful way. The successful candidate will need to uphold and promote the reputation and standing of the Council from day one, so a confidence in performing this role is crucial. 

Ryedale District Council promotes a modern working environment so you'll be positive about using new technologies and embracing a flexible approach to work. In this role, your responsibilities and caseload will be many and varied, so you'll need to be organised, have the ability to keep calm under pressure and be able to turn your full skills and abilities to the task in hand. This is a varied and challenging role so you'll need to be able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. 

It is an exciting time to join Ryedale District Council; officers and members are united in their ambition for the residents of Ryedale. 

This position is a chance to develop your skills and abilities through contributing to the success of an important local government Legal Services department while embedding and progressing stronger working relationships and wider professional links with North Yorkshire County Council’s legal services. If you think you have what it takes, apply now. 

Contact us: 

For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, we encourage applicants to contact: 

Simon Copley Democratic Services Manager 01653 600666 Ext: 43277 


Tony Galloway Deputy Chief Executive 01653 600666 Ext: 43203 

Key dates: 

• Closing date: Thursday 15 August 2019 
• Interview date: Tuesday 27 August 2019 

We can be flexible with the interview dates or Skype interviews to take holidays into account, please indicate in your submission if you cannot attend an interview on 27 August, thank you. 

How to apply 

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to by midnight on Thursday 15 August 2019. 

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to interview. 

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role. 

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) advertise vacancies on behalf of schools and external organisations (third parties) in North Yorkshire. NYCC are not responsible for the recruitment/employment practices of third parties and accept no liability in relation to the vacancy and any subsequent recruitment/employment processes. Enquiries regarding the vacancy or practices should be made directly with the third party.

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