Without water, life as we know it would be impossible. Every day, we rely on it for drinking, washing and cleaning. It helps create the energy we need for heat and light. It’s also essential to the products we enjoy and the health of the environment we share.
However, our world is changing – the twin pressures of more extreme weather events and a growing population are stretching our finite natural resources, including water. This challenge is felt in the UK, where several regions are water-stressed, including the South East.
In the water industry, your work will help to address these challenges and give people access to sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater services for decades to come.
The South East is also home to over 700 miles of coastline, two National Parks, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the world’s rarest chalk streams. Your activities will help preserve these breath-taking environments today and for generations to come.
Why Southern Water?
Each day, over four million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight count on us for their essential water or wastewater services. Our work is vital, because we’re providing water for life.
Do you want to make a difference? At Southern Water, you work will help to enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve the environment and sustain the economy. You’ll also play an important role in helping us deliver a resilient water future for the South East.
Are you a natural collaborator with a strong moral compass and high standards? If so, you’ll fit right in. Everything we do is underpinned by three values: succeeding together, doing the right thing and always improving.
Do you want to bring your authentic self to work every day? We do too. That’s why we’re building an inclusive culture and are proud to offer equal opportunities regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences each of us brings make us stronger.
About the role:
Job Title: Property Solicitor (Team Leader) x 1
Location: Durrington, West Sussex (with flexibility of working from home)
Hours: 37 (Mon-Fri)
Salary: Up to £66,800 p/a, subject to knowledge and experience
We are currently looking for a Commercial Property Lawyer to provide legal advice and support on a wide range of commercial property matters relevant to the company’s business, within their area of specialism and as reasonably directed. This is to fill vacancies arising from an imminent retirement and a change of career path for the incumbents.
As we continue with our transformation programme, we seek intellectually capable and highly motivated commercial property lawyers with excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a proactive, positive nature, as well as the ability to work as part of a team and build relationships at all levels (internally and externally).
The Property Solicitor role forms part of the small (3 x roles) specialist in-house team. The person appointed to this post will lead and manage the team, and lead the provision of legal services to manage a diverse property portfolio which includes operational water and wastewater sites, offices, grazing land, housing and telecommunication masts to maintain and to enhance the value of Southern Water’s land estate and its property income over the long term.
Main focus of the role and duties are varied, spanning both general and complex property and conveyancing work, representing a range of internal clients, and advising on and contributing to matters such as:
• sale, purchase and lease of land or property;
• property development, infrastructure and capital scheme work, and planning projects;
• property finance and investment;
• access rights, easements, wayleaves, etc. and boundary disputes;
• regeneration and asset optimisation projects;
• drafting, vetting, negotiating and settling various forms of property contracts;
• property disputes and litigation.
• To be accountable for legal professional advice and expertise to Southern Water on all property and conveyancing issues;
• To deliver legal advice and input for the delivery of capital schemes to enable achievement of capital delivery programme, as agreed with OFWAT;
• To act as the main point of contact for all internal and external queries on legal issues for property matters;
• To develop and manage the property and conveyancing provision including processes to identify and minimise risk in accordance with company strategy and in compliance with legal, statutory and regulatory requirements;
• To advise on the legal ramifications and structuring of a wide range of arrangements relating to the company’s statutory relationship with land developers/developments, and the diverse commercial property related projects, transactions and contracts relevant to this area;
• To liaise with the Property Services team and other property professionals across the company and with external solicitors, statutory bodies, landowners and developers;
• To secure income, by way of legal fees, for the company on conveyancing related matters;
• To lead by example, developing standards and practices for the General Counsel team, and motivating and informing other lawyers within the team, to provide the best possible legal advice and support to the company.
Understanding and recent experience of the UK utilities industry and its regulatory and quasi-regulatory relationships with commercial property developers, NAVs and SLPs (working on any side of these transactions) would be very useful, but is not essential.
Key skills required:
• UK qualified Solicitor or Barrister.
• Technical expertise in their area of commercial property law and practice
• General knowledge of law, court/tribunal procedures and legal precedents
• Previous substantial experience working on similar legal issues
If you are a current Southern Water employee, please confirm within your application / CV / covering letter that you have informed your Line Manager or People Services Manager that you are applying for this role.
Southern Water is an equal opportunities employer and, therefore, does not discriminate on the grounds of age, race, gender or disability and complies with all relevant UK legislation.
All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. You will need to provide evidence of eligibility (e.g. a passport or long birth certificate and proof of NI) and current proof of address (dated within the last 3 months), will be required as part of the recruitment process. If you do not meet these criteria your application will not be considered.
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