Senior Contracts Lawyer
Senior Contracts Lawyer
About this job
This is an exciting opportunity to join Barking and Dagenham Council, winner of the LGC Council of the Year 2018 award thanks to its impressive commercial growth and transformation plans. The Legal Practice has been a pioneering trading practice since 2011 and plays an important role in the transformation journey.
The Council is now delivering its ambitious transformation and growth plans, through local authority trading companies, such as Be First and Reside, to deliver regeneration, new housing, and school improvements. Our procurement and regeneration teams are at the heart of supporting these ambitious plans. The successful candidate will be part of an innovative and collaborative team of professionals dedicated to making a positive contribution to our clients, their ambitious corporate agendas and our external public-sector clients.
We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced senior lawyer (a solicitor, barrister, or fellow of CILEx) to lead a team of contracts and procurement lawyers within our busy, collegiate and well-regarded legal practice.
You will have demonstrable experience of advising on complex corporate and regeneration projects, high value public procurement matters, drafting and negotiating the full range of contracts for works, services and supplies. Strong knowledge/experience of public law and local government governance is essential for this key role. Company/commercial experience of advising on the creation and operation of trading companies or a strong desire to develop these skills is desirable.
You will manage a busy and complex workload providing high quality, client and solutions focussed advice to a range of internal and external clients, including the Council’s trading companies, and other public bodies. You will have access to and advise senior officers of the Council, and our client organisations.
As a senior lawyer, reporting directly to Deputy Head of Legal Services, you will lead your team by example and play a key role in contributing to the achievements of LBBD Legal:
· maintaining exemplary Lexcel standards and establishing best practice.
· supporting the growth and business development activities of LBBD Legal, in order to generate new sources of income.
· raising the profile of LBBD Legal.
A collaborative and commercial approach is at the heart of our service. Therefore, the ability to work collaboratively and build positive working relationships with team members, peers and senior client officers at all levels is essential. Your influence will extend beyond the possibilities of a traditional in-house service.
Our Legal Practice aims to be recognised nationally for best practice in the public sector. We were a finalist in the Legal Services category for the Municipal Journal Awards 2017 and we aim to build further on our successes.
You will be committed to working in a flexible manner including outside normal office hours, when the role necessitates this. In turn, we offer a supportive and collaborative environment, the opportunity to lead your own team and high calibre projects. We offer competitive benefits including a local government pension and flexible working arrangements.
For an informal discussion of this role, please contact Suzan Yildiz, Deputy Head of Legal Services (Commercial), on 0208 227 5364.