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Lawyer - Corporate and Commercial

Somerset County Council
Taunton, Somerset
£20,836 to £23,334 per annum
Closing date
20 Apr 2021
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Somerset County Council

Lawyer - Corporate and Commercial

Salary: £20,836 to £23,334 per annum

Part Time 22.2 hours per week

Fixed Term Contract 12 months with the possibility of becoming permanent (subject to discussions).

Location: Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY

A bit about us

We are looking for a  Solicitor -Corporate and Commercial to join us for 22.2 hours per week.  The contract is for an initial fixed term of 12 months with the possibility of becoming permanent (subject to discussions).

We are offering a salary of up to £23,334 per annum , a recruitment allowance of up to £5,000 pro rata may be available.

Somerset County Council is looking for an ambitious and highly motivated Solicitor, Barrister or FCILEx to join its Corporate and Commercial legal team.

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.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

As a 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;

• employment issues in commercial transactions;

• state aid;

• local authority powers and duties;

• outsourcing, Special Purpose Vehicles and public sector partnerships;

• information governance;

• commercial disputes.

A few things about you

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.

Additional information

If this role is customer facing  you will need to speak fluent English

For an informal discussion please telephone Tom Woodhams on (01823) 355016.

Apply online:

Closing date: 20 April 2021

All interviews will take place  via MS Teams


Somerset is a great place to live, work and play, and it can be so much more. As a rural county, we have great opportunities, more than many other parts of the country, and as a County Council we are working hard to make the most of those opportunities.

We are one of the largest employers in the county and we have built strong, positive relationships with our key partners, with the aim of delivering better results for residents. We also have a superb working relationship with businesses and partners in our Local Enterprise Partnership, delivering massive investment in Somerset.

We work extremely hard for the people of Somerset and want the best people to work with us to continue our ambitions.

Rewards and benefits

Competitive salary
Somerset provides staff with a competitive industry salary and a clear career progression route for furthering your career.

Extra holidays
A range of additional benefits including the chance to buy extra holidays. My Somerset, My Savings, My Staff Shop.

Childcare vouchers
Somerset operates a childcare voucher scheme as a salary sacrifice which allows you to save on the tax of the cost of childcare.

Cycle saver
The Cycle to Work Scheme helps employees buy bicycles and equipment for commuting (including VAT).

Pension scheme
A secure pension as part of the Local Government Pension Scheme that keeps pace with any cost of living increases.

Flexible working
The flexi-time scheme offers the flexibility to manage your work and home commitments in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Discount gyms
As an employee of Somerset County Council you will be entitled to discounted gym membership at a range of gyms across the county.

Work-life balance
Working for Somerset County Council offers a good work-life balance, living in a county with beautiful scenery and many historic sites. There’s lots to do here.

Join us and you’ll find Somerset is a great place to grow – not just professionally, but personally too.

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