Copeland Borough Council

Assistant Solicitor

Whitehaven, Cumbria
£30,785 - £34,538 per annum
12 Oct 2017
31 Oct 2017
Practice area
Advocacy, Regulatory
Full time
Contract type

Assistant Solicitor
£30,785 - £34,538 per annum
Full Time - 37 hours per week 

Situated between the Lake District fells and the sea and part of Britain’s energy coastline Copeland is a small but vibrant district council. It is looking to recruit an Assistant Solicitor to undertake a range of duties within a small legal team.

Your main role will be to lead on contentious and regulatory matters and act as the Council’s advocate in the criminal and civil courts. Your remit will cover a wide range of district council functions including planning, building control. licensing and environmental as well as instructing and assisting Counsel in judicial reviews and matters proceeding to the Crown Court.

As many solicitors working in a small district council will tell you being proficient in many areas of the law is required. You will also be expected to undertake non-routine conveyancing and contract work and provide advice on all district council functions, advise on new legislation and be willing to attend committee meetings. You will be the legal advisor to the Council’s planning and overview and scrutiny committees. Once familiar with the work of the Council you may be required to act as deputy monitoring officer.

This is a great opportunity to join an effective and confident Council. Like all Councils we face financial challenges but sound management has placed us in a strong position and our 'open for business' approach means that a number of exciting developments are currently taking place. We have an ambitious commercialisation agenda and represent the community on a number of nationally significant infrastructure projects affecting nuclear matters.

Applications from those working in the public or private sectors would be welcome.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Clinton Boyce, Solicitor 01946 598516.

You can complete an online application form by logging onto or

Alternatively, to request an application form please contact Customer Services, The Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, CA28 7JG, tel. 01946 598300 or e-mail

Closing date: Tuesday 31st October 2017