Legal Services Manager
£49,074 - £53,751 per annum
Permanent, full time
We are seeking a motivated individual to lead our Legal Services Team to provide high quality, professional advice which is proactive and responsive to the Councils requirements.
This role will have responsibility for a personal, mixed caseload of varied complex and high risk matters within at least one of the following areas; Commercial/procurement, Planning/Property, Civil and Criminal Litigation/law.
Alongside this, the postholder will manage the Legal Service workload and team, ensuring legal advice is provided across the Council on a wide range of issues and cases. You will assist the Head of Governance with providing a clear leadership direction across Governance and Legal Services and also support the Council in ensuring compliance with governance arrangements. There will be a requirement to attend Full Council, Committees and any other meetings as required to advise on corporate, legal and probity issues and to promote best practice. You will be key in ensuring excellent liaison between legal services and the other services of the Council.
To apply for this role you must be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister or equivalent with appropriate experience post qualification, with knowledge of key legislation and issues relating to areas of expertise, having dealt with complex and contentious cases.
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent leadership skills and strong personal and professional credibility.
You will need to have an approachable manner and be confident and engaging in providing advice and support to management at all levels, employees, elected members, town and parish councils, customers, suppliers and all other partners.
Along with advanced written skills, you will also demonstrate outstanding verbal communication skills, able to communicate complex information clearly and concisely.
People management is key including demonstrating a proactive approach to sharing learning and supporting development, with the ability to deliver results and successfully implement change.
You will manage the legal services budget so must have the ability to plan, manage and control this area. A flexible approach and excellent organisational skills are essential.
In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary, along with benefits and a commitment to your continuing development, along with supportive management.
Further details for this role can be found in the Job Profile.
Why choose Braintree District Council?
Braintree District Council is a great place to work. We pride ourselves on our creative, innovative and forward thinking approach that is led by our staff. We are committed to having an engaged workforce who understand our strategy and how they can help deliver it.
* Competitive pay and benefits
* Flexible working
* Free parking
* Local government pension scheme
* Learning and development for all staff
* Staff recognition schemes
* Extensive health and wellbeing programme including discounted gym membership
* Employee assistance programme
For further information about the post and to apply online, please visit our website www.braintree.gov.uk
Closing date for receipt of completed applications: Monday 8th February 2021
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 22nd February 2021
*This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options*