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Principal Lawyer (Planning, Property, Regeneration & Contracts)

Enfield Council
Enfield (London Borough), London (Greater)
£64,746 - £83,202
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Principal Lawyer (Planning, Property, Regeneration & Contracts)

Salary Up To £83,202 

Enfield Legal Services are seeking to recruit an experienced lawyer into the role of Principal Lawyer (Planning, Property, Regeneration & Contracts). The postholder will report directly to the Director of Law and Governance and may also be appointed as the Council’s Deputy Monitoring Officer.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented and ambitious individual to join a highly regarded, professional and committed in-house legal team and to lead on some major commercial projects such as Meridian Water, Whitewebbs and the emerging new Local Plan, as well as leading our team of specialist planning, property and contract lawyers.

Local Government experience is preferable but not essential. What we want is someone who has a real expertise in planning and property and general regeneration work and, ideally, with some knowledge and experience of local authority procurement and local authority trading companies. We need someone who can personally handle a caseload of complex legal work and who can also lead and manage a team of other highly skilled individuals. You will need to demonstrate excellent client care skills and will have a good knowledge of local authority law and practice. You will be required to deal with chief officers and elected members and will be required to attend some evening meetings, including Planning Committee.

We work collaboratively and flexibly and welcome applications from all members of the community. We are employers that develop talent, encourage innovation and have a supportive working environment. If you want to be part of our journey, we would love to hear from you. All roles are open to Solicitors, Barristers or Fellows of CILEX.

Applicants are invited to submit a C.V. together with a supporting statement, addressing the criteria outlined in the job role and person specification of the role before the closing date. For more information, please see the attachments at the bottom of this advert.

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday 3rd December 2023

If you would like to discuss the role, please email the Director of Law and Governance at

If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Vickie McGrath on 0208 132 1053 or

We do not see your name or title when shortlisting your application. This is one of many initiatives to build a more talented and diverse workforce. However, if you put your name on your CV or Statement it will be visible to us. For this reason, we ask that you do not include your name on these documents. Please note it is your responses to the Essential/Desirable criteria, as detailed in the Job Description and Person Specification which is available on the job advert, that will determine if you are shortlisted for an interview, therefore we encourage you to always address the essential and desirable criteria in your application/CV.

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.

Why it's great to work for Enfield Council:

  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Up to 32 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
  • A blend of remote and office based working for most roles. 
  • Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
  • Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
  • Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
  • 1 month paid sabbatical for Children’s Social Workers 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Therefore, we advise that you complete fully and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you have previously applied for this role within the past 6 months, unfortunately, a second application will not be considered.


Enfield Legal Services is a forward-looking, progressive team focussed on delivering our clients’ objectives by providing innovative solutions at a time of great change and exciting challenges for the Council. The Council is delivering change in the Borough through ground-breaking projects and Legal Services is at the heart of this change. We are recruiting Lawyers who can make a significant contribution to Legal Services and the Council, team players who can demonstrate self-motivation, flexibility and a broad perspective.

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