Leeds City Council

Principal Legal Officer (Planning & Development)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£42,683 - £45,591
10 May 2019
24 May 2019
Practice area
Planning law
Full time
Contract type

Permanent post: Principal Legal Officer (Planning & Development)


Grade: PO6: £42,683 - £45,591

The post attracts local authority benefits including: access to West Yorkshire Pension Scheme; generous annual leave entitlement; training and development; flexible working, including working from home.

Our council values are at the heart of everything we do:-

  • Being open, honest and trusted – being your best
  • Treating people fairly – feeling like you count
  • Spending money wisely – making every pound go further
  • Working as a team for Leeds – being part of a team with a “can do” attitude
  • Working with people, engaging all communities – being proud to make a difference

Leeds City Council is an award winning and progressive authority which works closely with local communities and businesses to create a vibrant and economically thriving city.

Leeds City Council is looking to recruit a full time permanent principal legal officer. 

The post holder will be required to undertake a substantial complex personal caseload (both contentious and non-contentious) of legal professional work in the area of development, planning law, highways law and some local government law. The post holder will be expected to have this area of work as a focus but also to provide support on at least one other area of law as required, and any other local government legal matters and /or matters dealt with by Legal Services.

The successful candidate will be a solicitor or barrister entitled to hold a practising certificate or FILEX who will work in a lively and busy team of lawyers involved in a stimulating, challenging and rewarding environment. We are looking for a candidate who is able to work closely with council colleagues and third parties to find pragmatic solutions to related issues; provide advice to the council; and attend committee and board meetings.

It is also essential that the successful candidate has good interpersonal skills, is able to prioritise their own workload and work to tight deadlines. They must be able to work as part of a team and be flexible, enthusiastic and committed.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Philippa Plumtree-Varley (Development Team Leader) on 0113 3785131 or at philippa.plumtreevarley@leeds.gov.uk.

For further details and to apply for this post go to http://jobs.leeds.gov.uk/

The closing date for applications is Monday 3 June 2019.

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