Assistant Solicitor – Corporate and Commercial

Taunton, Somerset
£37,486 - £41,379 per annum
08 May 2017
25 May 2017
Full time
Contract type

Finance and Performance

Legal Services

County Hall, Taunton

Assistant Solicitor – Corporate and Commercial

37 hours per week

Salary: £37,486 - £41,379 per annum (salary includes Recruitment Allowance of £5,000 per annum)

Job Ref No: 10221/R/AMB

Somerset County Council is looking for an ambitious and highly motivated, Solicitor, Barrister or FCILEx to join its Corporate and Commercial legal team. This is an exciting time to join the authority as it plans a number of major infrastructure projects and develops new models to deliver essential services.

The Corporate and Commercial team supports Somerset County Council in a range of areas including projects, procurement, contracts, commercial, employment and governance. The Council works in partnership with a number of other public sector organisations, has interests in a range of Community Interest Companies, Special Purpose Vehicles and trusts, and takes a commissioning-led approach to service delivery. Our lawyers have the opportunity to make an impact on every facet of the Council’s work, advising members and senior officers on matters of high financial and social value.

As an Assistant Solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team you will provide specialist legal advice and assistance on a range of issues relating to:

•           the contracting and procurement process;

•           the application of EU public procurement rules;

•           employment issues in commercial transactions;

•           state aid;

•           local authority powers and duties;

•           outsourcing, Special Purpose Vehicles and  public sector partnerships;

•           information governance;

•           commercial disputes.

While some local authority experience would be an advantage, we are looking for someone who is commercially aware and has the desire to develop a career in local government.  You will be a confident communicator with excellent organisational skills.  You will be required to work with a minimum of supervision and provide support to other members of the team.  A flexible approach and positive commitment to effective team working are essential.

For an informal discussion please telephone Honor Clarke. On 01823 355022.

Somerset County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees including:

•           A Local Government Pension Scheme.

•           My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, restaurants, cinemas, hotels and insurance benefits.

•           A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, childcare vouchers, computers and mobile phones.

•           Generous annual leave, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to purchase additional leave.

•           Staff discounts in gyms.

•           Employee Assistance Programme and support offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.

•           Free seminars on planning for retirement.

Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English.

Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.

Apply online at or telephone our recruitment line 01823 356862 (24 hours). Please quote the reference number.  Please apply by application form, we do not accept CVs for this role.

Closing date: 25 May 2017 at 5.00pm