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Deputy Director, Legal & Governance

One Source
Newham, London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
Closing date
5 Jun 2022
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one source legal services is one of the most successful shared services in the country with over 70 fee earners providing comprehensive legal services to two Councils, schools and council owned companies. Lexcel accredited, we have made significant improvements since becoming an integrated team and over 90% of our clients rate our case work as good or excellent.

In this key role, you will:

• be the statutory Monitoring Officer for Havering Council

• set the vision and strategic direction for the teams you lead, bringing a new and fresh outlook to deliver services to the Council, its committees, and internal officers.

• lead six Heads of Service across a wide range of areas, improving our already excellent legal services function

• successful manage a budget of over £6m

• develop the expertise of all staff within your direct, and indirect remit.

• be the deputy returning officer at elections in Havering

We are looking for a solution focussed legal and governance leader, with the ability and ambition to lead, innovate and improve our services.

For a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Kate Merson (020 7426 3376) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


Havering and Newham councils worked in partnership to create a new shared back office support service, called oneSource. The councils brought together 22 separate services, with a total budget of around £58million, and 1,350 staff to create a single shared support service. This will save the two authorities an estimated £40million by 2018/19 with the savings being used to protect frontline services. Ongoing savings of £10.6m a year will be achieved by 2018/19.

The vision for the shared support services between Newham and Havering is to provide: ‘an efficient and fully integrated support services model that promotes resilience and achieves savings’.

Alongside being able to do more with less and enabling the sharing of expertise the shared service will:

  • Improve the customer experience by building an outstanding service, with focussed experts, best practice business services, the latest Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and a strong customer management focus.
  • Reduce the cost of support services by sharing assets (IT, buildings, resources, management) and reducing process cost through economies of scale.
  • Improve services by freeing the departments to focus on their core objectives, taking the best from each other to capitalise on our strengths and reduce our weaknesses.
  • Increase operational efficiency through improved delivery, better systems and management information.
  • Create new opportunities by using our own talent to redesign our business, creating an excellent service which others will want to use and learn from.
  • Give resilience and flexibility by using standard systems where a pool of resources is able to cover unexpected resource shortages. Working together also means we are at the forefront of the changing world of local government and ready to help others work differently.
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