District Solicitor (Monitoring Officer to the Council)

Tiverton, Devon
£65,614 – £69,629
12 May 2021
26 May 2021
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

Mid Devon is a beautiful predominantly rural district, with rolling hills and valleys, picturesque villages and attractive market towns which is recognised for its good quality of life while being within easy access of the M5, the city amenities of Exeter and Taunton and the link road to the beaches and coastline of North Devon.  It is a great place to live and work.

We are now looking to appoint two new roles to the council’s leadership team. Both roles will report to the Chief Executive and will be part of a team responsible for ensuring the organisation delivers for the communities of Mid Devon and succeeds on the ambition of our members as set out in our new corporate plan.


As a skilled and experienced local government legal professional, you’ll already be aware of the wide variety of interesting work that local authorities get involved in. This role will directly manage the legal team and land charges team (both with recent success in national awards), as well as our member services function including committee services. However, over and above your legal knowledge and management experience, we’re also looking for someone who can give confidence to elected members in this world of digital meetings and multi-agency contractualised delivery.

As the council’s statutory Monitoring Officer ultimately responsible for legal soundness and good governance in accordance with the constitution, you will be someone who can empathise with the varied views of stakeholders and provide a calm and assuring voice; comfortable in your own professional space yet able to communicate your knowledge, advice and views to others in a way that explains and reassures – and flexible enough to grasp and respond to competing interests, demands and viewpoints.  

Both the above roles will offer an ability for remote working, although there is an expectation of physical presence in Mid Devon on a week by week basis.

Relocation scheme available (if applicable)

A satisfactory standard disclosure check and three years complete employment or education history will be requested in the event of you being offered any of the positions.