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Solicitor/Legal Executive - Corporate and Commercial Team

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £47000 per annum
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Corporate Services, Legal
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Full time
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Job Purpose

Essex Legal Services provide high quality, professional, legal advice across the council and to increasing numbers of external clients with a focus on providing a client facing legal service which proactively embraces change and delights the customer.

As part of a specialist legal team the post holder is responsible for providing high quality and solution-focused advice, information, analysis and interpretation to clients to underpin effective decision making, meaningful performance management and meet statutory requirements. Achieving good customer service and making a real and demonstrable difference to the delivery of Essex Legal Services' business and the business of our clients is core to our ethos.

The successful applicant will be a qualified solicitor or barrister, with a minimum of 2 years' post-qualification experience and a member of the appropriate professional body. The post holder must have significant commercial awareness to contribute to the development of new external streams of business and the ability to build excellent working relationships. The role is in the Corporate and Commercial team at Essex Legal Services and encompasses corporate, commercial, procurement, high profile major projects and initiatives and corporate governance matters.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

As part of the Essex Legal Services' Corporate and Commercial team, the post-holder will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Providing timely and accurate legal advice across the Council and to external customers, including constructively challenging and exploring alternative options where appropriate to produce the best possible outcomes.
  • Delivering outcomes against the business plan for legal services, which supports and drives the council's wider Organisation Strategy and vision.
  • Acting as a legal practitioner and advocate providing specialist advice, professional consultation and support to colleagues (where appropriate) within your team.
  • Understanding client needs and providing them with a service they value; driving the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement.
  • Maintaining and actively progressing a full and varied caseload.
  • Supporting the development of current and future business opportunities, to promote the Essex Legal Services' vision to the external market.
  • Building strong working relationships across the team, the Council, schools, other local authorities and the private sector to ensure a quality advice service is provided to the customer.
  • Understanding and performing delegated functions as detailed in the council's constitution (and as amended from time to time).
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives that are defined annually within the performance management framework.
  • Dimensions

    Contribute to the Income target of £1.6million

    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 corporate, commercial, procurement, projects and governance.

    Commercial awareness with sufficient professional credibility to maintain the existing client base.

    Ability to work and think independently while maintaining focus on delivering team and corporate objectives.

    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 and succinct advice on complex matters to both to both the client base and junior colleagues.

    A strong focus on outcomes to achieve strategic objectives.

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    If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.

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