Planning and Procurement Solicitor

Working pattern
Full Time
Contract type
Closing date
02 Nov 2020


Northallerton, DL7 8AD

About the job

Planning and Procurement Solicitor

Grade K and M

Salary: £32,910 to £43,857

Locations: County Hall,Northallerton/ Ryedale District Council Malton

Contract: Established

Hours: 37hrs per week

We are looking for a Solicitor/Barrister who can join our team to provide legal support to assist the Council. The role will include advising on a range of planning and/or procurement matters and assisting on drafting terms and conditions on a wide variety of commercial contracts. The role will also include advising at Planning Committee. Support will be provided in any areas of the law where the candidate has not had the relevant experience.

The ideal candidate will be a confident team player who is a quick learner. You will have a fine eye for detail and thrive in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic and varied workload.

To be successful you must:

  • Hold a qualification as a Lawyer, Barrister or FILEX;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of law in one of the areas within the portfolios.  A more in depth knowledge of the specific portfolio would be required for the top level of the role;
  • Be aware of the political structure and functions of the Council;
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively in writing to produce documents in a range of formats and style to suit a range of audiences and produce a representative record of meeting discussion and actions;
  • Have an ability to interact positively with colleagues, clients and elected Members.

As an organisation we strongly believe in promoting a work life balance, with flexible working opportunities and modern technology you will be able to deliver your role to suit both your personal and our business needs. 

As a result of the Covid situation all the legal team are currently working from home. We have laptops and an electronic filing and case management system. In addition we have access to PLC and Westlaw for research, template documents and up to date legislation and case law  so are able to work effectively from home. We have regular virtual team meetings and for any new starters we are able to provide regular support and with advice getting to grips with NYCC systems and meeting clients. Post Covid it is likely that you will be expected to attend at Ryedale District Council Offices in Malton 1 to 2 days a week plus attendance at Planning or other Committees as required. There will still be the opportunity to work from home or from Northallerton at other times.

In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, we can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and supportive team. We offer exceptional company benefits such as salary sacrifice schemes in technology, professional qualifications and green car schemes.

You will also benefit from a variety of competitive employee rewards such as generous leave entitlement and local government pension scheme. We also offer discounted retail offers and health schemes to name but a few. More information is found in our Total Rewards Brochure.

If you are interested in playing a key part in our Legal team and would like to have an informal conversation, please contact Catriona Gatrell Head of Legal (Corporate) on 01609 532211 or Senior Solicitor Kelly Dawson on 01757 292206

Key dates:

Closing date:  2 November 2020

Interview date: week commencing 16 November 2020


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