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Legal Officer (Development)

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Bradford, West Yorkshire
£21,748- £32,234 pa
Closing date
1 Aug 2021
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Department of Corporate Resources

City Solicitors Office - Legal Services

Legal Officer (Development)

Band 7/8 then career grade SO1/SO2 £21,748 - £32,234 (SCP 11-28) per annum (the starting salary is dependent on experience, and a career grade applies to the post)


35.5 hours per week

Based at City Hall/Homeworking

The Code of Practice on the English language requirement for public sector workers, Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, requires that Councils ensure that all candidates applying for customer facing posts must be assessed in order to establish their fluency in English.

The criteria under special knowledge and experience on the job profile which is shown in this advert, outlines what level of fluency you will be expected to demonstrate.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide examples in your application.

The Councils general conditions of employment apply including – 8 statutory holidays 27 days’ annual leave and flexible working.

This is a great opportunity to work in a thriving City with award winning parks, nature reserves, historic architecture, museums, galleries and first class leisure facilities. Bradford Metropolitan District has it all.

You will be based in the Bradford City Centre in the Grade One Listed City Hall (and working at home) and have all the benefits of the cultural, retail and leisure facilities that Bradford has to offer as the 4th largest Metropolitan District in England and Wales.

The post holder will assist the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader, Senior Lawyers and Lawyers in the provision of high quality professional legal services in the areas of Property Commercial and Development (Planning, Highways, Footpaths and Licensing Law for the Council). 

The focus of the post will be on Development Law matters.  The post holder will have authority to make day-to-day operational decisions, with considerable delegated powers only referring or bringing to the attention of the Team Leader or Deputy or Senior Lawyers and Lawyers complex and/or sensitive issues and matters. The post holder will contribute to and assist in the implementation of new policies and procedures in the office but is not expected to make strategic decisions.

The exercise of judgement in managing a caseload of routine planning and highways cases, under the overall guidance of the Team and Deputy Team Leader is required. Depending on experience the post holder is expected to work with minimum supervision only, seeking guidance on particularly complex or sensitive issues in undertaking all professional responsibilities and liaising with other Legal Officers and Lawyers and Senior Lawyers where appropriate.

The post holder will have contact with officers within the client departments, private practice solicitors and barristers, staff and managers of other agencies such as the Land Registry, Court Service, Planning Inspectorate, Police, In communities, NHS Trusts, members of the public and expert witnesses.

For further information regarding this post please contact Christine Meakins Team Leader on Richard Winter Deputy Team Leader 01274 434292 or Linda Dewhirst 01274 434221

To apply, please click Apply

Closing Date:  1st August 2021


Bradford Council is the fourth largest of 36 Metropolitan District Councils in the country, which serve the larger cities and conurbations.  There are four other metropolitan authorities in the West Yorkshire area – Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

We employ approximately 8,500 people (excluding schools) including social workers, litter pickers, library staff, lawyers and town planners. The size and scale of Bradford Council makes it one of the biggest employers in the district.

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