Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£38,800 - £52,600 per annum
04 Sep 2020
20 Sep 2020
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

About Us:

Our support services help the whole council work to the best of their ability. They include the Council's Customer Access department, Human Resources, IT, Legal Services, Financial Management, Corporate Property, Audit, Fraud, Risk and Insurance.

We aim for excellence in these services as they will in turn benefit the community we serve.

The Role:

The communities that live and work in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster are truly diverse. So, it follows that as a Licensing Lawyer you will be at the heart of an exceptionally talented shared legal service, you will enjoy variety as you take on an exciting and interesting licensing caseload, as well as dealing with highway matters and asset of community value applications.  

Kensington and Chelsea Council determines one of the largest number of licensing applications in the country and the Licensing and Highways Team lawyers act as the Legal Advisers to the weekly Licensing Committees in both Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Councils.  As such, being a lawyer in this team will enable you to have a real impact on residents and business in both boroughs.    

The role is exciting, can be challenging and one which will allow you to grow your legal and professional skills in one of the country’s most exciting legal services.

About You:

It is vital that you are a solicitor or barrister and we will consider exceptional newly qualified candidates. You will be an exceptional communicator and negotiator – able to provide complex legal and procedural advice to Members, officers and other stakeholders, particularly under pressure when advising at Licensing Committee.  

Licensing knowledge is desirable. You will have practical advocacy experience of appeals and judicial reviews, as well as an understanding of Local Government law and Member’s interests. 

Your ability to self-manage, change your approach to each challenge and champion the Council’s priorities will set you apart. And having experience of advising on highway, street trading and asset of community value cases would an advantage.  

You will have experience of providing licensing advice to Members and Officers at Licensing Committee, as well as generally and on appeal.  Your can-do attitude and ability to advise in a pressurised environment, combined with excellent verbal and written communication skills will help you fit in with this high performing team. 

You will be required to advise on all aspects of highway cases, including clearing key decisions, advising on highway status queries and dealing with judicial reviews and statutory appeals.

Role Requirements:

In essence, you will be one of the lawyers expected to advise at Licensing Committee on a weekly basis, and you will need the knowledge and confidence to advise Members and Officers by providing high level legal and procedural advice on a wide range of licensing matters including the Licensing Act, sexual entertainment venues, gambling and non-licensing Act matters such as street trading.  You will also advise on highway matters and asset of community value applications and reviews. 

Our cases are often high profile and political so awareness of corporate implications is a must. 

The role includes dealing with licensing appeals in the Magistrates’ Courts and dealing with Case Management Hearings. 

Our solicitors lead their cases with a minimum of supervision whilst working closely with colleagues, sharing expertise, knowledge and experience. 

There will be more straightforward advisory work. However, we will also expect you to draft reasoned decisions and clear reports within deadlines.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.