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Planning Solicitor

Leicester City Council
Leicester, Leicestershire
£40,578 - £43,570 per year plus market supplement of up to £2,430 per year
Closing date
3 Jun 2022
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Full-time / 37 hours per week / Permanent and Fixed Term

Are you a Qualified Solicitor/Barrister/Chartered Legal Executive with experience in providing advice on Planning Law?

Join our dynamic, motivated, and forward-thinking legal service which offers real job satisfaction. You’ll work within a friendly and supportive team environment where your professional development will be nurtured and appreciated. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Lawyer to provide key support on planning control, planning enforcement matters and commercial transactions.

With a focus on work/life balance and personal wellbeing, we offer flexible working, including home working with dedicated legal support. This is your chance to make a difference and join an expanding team of friendly and experienced lawyers.

There are two positions – 1 Full-time, Permanent position and 1 Full-time, Fixed Term position for 2 years. You’ll work 37 hours per week from Monday to Friday.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll provide secure high-quality legal services, advice on all aspects of planning law and work closely with the Council’s planning department to support the Council’s function as Local Planning Authority. You’ll routinely attend meetings with Planning Committees, Planning Officers and deliver Member training on legal matters. Liaising with officers and solicitors for applicants, you’ll work directly with Planning Lawyers and the wider team in the division. Using your expertise, you’ll provide solutions focused planning law advice and support to the Council and other public bodies. Dealing primarily with cases within your area of specialism you’ll develop your own skills and experience whilst working closely with other legal teams and areas.

What you’ll need

As a highly skilled lawyer, you’ll have significant knowledge of Planning Law and practice. With significant post qualification experience in Planning law, you’ll have experience of advising at planning committees. With the ability to work as part of a team, you’ll ensure the provision of quality, client focussed and cost-effective legal services. Using strong communication skills, you’ll build and manage external relationships with clients carrying through assigned tasks and matters to conclusion. Pragmatic in your advice, talented, and proactive, you’ll work effectively with client departments to find solutions.

What we can offer you

As a team with an established reputation for staff development and in an environment with a varied workload and a chance to gain experience you will have opportunity for self-development. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and flexible working. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains and help with relocation to Leicester, where appropriate. For an illustrative value of your benefits package, take a look at our benefits calculator.

Join us

We’re committed to recruiting a diverse and highly talented workforce as we continue to build a council that is fitting and representative of our great city. That’s why we’ve designed our recruitment process to put you at your ease, make you feel welcome and bring the best out of you. We’ll do all we can to make our recruitment process as fair as possible. To help you with your application, take a look at the ‘our approach to recruitment’ page.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Katherine Hall, Planning Solicitor on 0116 454 6451 or e-mail

Assessment/Interviews are to take place on Tuesday 14th June 2022

£40,578 - £43,570 per year. This post receives an additional temporary market supplement of up to £2,430 per year

Total benefit value (includes pension contribution and full holiday entitlement): £59,410







We are responsible for the provision of all local government services within the city boundaries, including social services, education and libraries.

Our vision and values help define what we do. These principles link our staff and departments to help ensure that we all work towards the same goals. We will work with creativity and drive for the benefit of the people that live and work in our city.

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