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Assistant Director Legal Services and Monitoring Officer

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
King's Lynn, Norfolk
up to £75k
Closing date
4 Jan 2022

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Assistant Director Legal Services and Monitoring Officer

Initial Salary up to £75k

Based at the King’s Court Council offices, King’s Lynn

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a district council covering a large geographical area, with a reputation for delivering results and for offering excellent career development opportunities to our staff. If you are a talented Solicitor or Barrister, looking for a varied and challenging workload, this is an excellent opportunity to expand your skills and experience in a new role within our team of Assistant Directors. Supporting a small Senior Management Team to deliver the council’s corporate objectives, you will act as the Council’s Monitoring Officer and principal in-house legal advisor, including being the first point of contact for Senior Management Team and Elected Members in respect of all legal and governance matters.

You will be responsible for ensuring the Council is advised and represented in all legal matters, including a personal caseload of complex legal issues and commissioning external legal support where required. You will also be responsible for all matters relating to the Council’s constitution, including attending all Full Council meetings and for our Code of Corporate Governance and act as our Data Protection Officer. Your role will include direct line management of the legal services and licensing team and you will work closely with other Assistant Directors to ensure the overall delivery of the council’s corporate business plan and programmes of work.

You must be a Solicitor or Barrister entitled to practice in England with an excellent knowledge of local government law, supported by at least three years’ practical experience of working in local government, and management qualification to level 5 (or willingness to study for this qualification). You will also have excellent advocacy skills, experience of working across service boundaries and a proven track record of working effectively with Senior Managers and Elected Members and should also have an understanding of the major issues and challenges faced by local government.

If you are looking to make your next move within an authority that values collaboration and innovation this could be the opportunity you are looking for.

This post falls within the definition of a ‘specified post’ in accordance with legislation relating to politically restricted posts. As a Statutory Officer of the Council, the successful candidate for this post will be appointed by the Council’s Appointment Panel.

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Closing Date: 4th January 2022

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