Permanent, Part Time
Up to £47,000 Per Annum
Closing Date: 31st January 2021
This is a permanent part time role for 22 hours a week.
Essex Legal Services provide high quality, professional, legal advice across the council and to increasing numbers of external clients. Providing a client facing legal service which proactively embraces change and delights the customer.
As part of a specialist legal team providing high quality advice, information, analysis and interpretation to clients to underpin effective decision making, meaningful performance management and meet statutory requirements. Achieving good
customer service and makes a real and demonstrable difference to the delivery of Essex Legal Services' business and the business of our clients.
A qualified solicitor or barrister, with 2 years post qualification experience and a member of the appropriate professional body. With significant commercial awareness to contribute to the development of new external streams of business and the ability to build excellent working relationships.
Responsible for providing timely and accurate legal advice across the Council and to external customers, including constructively challenging where appropriate to produce the best possible outcomes.
Accountable for delivering outcomes against the business plan for legal services which supports and drives the councils wider Organisation Strategy and vision.
Act as a legal practitioner and advocate providing specialist advice, professional consultation and support to colleagues (where appropriate) within your team.
To understand client needs and provide them with a service they value; driving the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement.
Support the development of current and future business opportunities, to promote the Essex Legal Services' vision to the external market.
Build strong working relationships across the Council, schools, other local authorities and the private sector to ensure a quality advice service is provided to the customer.
Delegated functions as detailed in the council's constitution (and as amended from time to time).
Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Qualified solicitor/barrister with current membership of the Law Society or Bar Standards Board.
Evidence of continuing professional development, 2 years post qualification experience and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
Experience of working within a legal setting in a politically sensitive environment, providing high-quality advice to a wide range of customers.
Experience of a full range of commercial property matters including sales, purchases,
business leases, easements and licences from initial instruction through to completion.
Commercial awareness with sufficient professional credibility to maintain the existing client base.
Proven track record of building strong working relationships across a large, complex organisation and with internal and external partners/stakeholders and clients.
Ability to provide clear advice on complex matters to both to both the client base and junior colleagues.
A strong focus on outcomes to achieve strategic objectives.
As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits/
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday 08:30 - 16.30.