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Senior Property Lawyer

Horsham District Council
Horsham, West Sussex
£42,403 – £51,515 pa FTE (+ up to £5k market supplement)
Closing date
27 Mar 2024

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Senior Property Lawyer

£42,403 – £51,515 pa FTE (+ up to £5k market supplement)


Closing date: 1st March 2024


About the role:

Horsham District Council is looking for a Senior Property Lawyer to join our dynamic Legal Services department. Assisting the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, you will provide an efficient and economic legal service to the Council in all matters pertaining to property law and practice. All flexible working options are considered including part-time.

As Senior Property Lawyer, you will be one of our go-to experts in the area, you will draft property contracts, leases, licences and transfer deeds and will assist with and provide clear and accurate written and verbal advice in this specialist field.  You will undertake conveyancing and property work of all kinds, including the acquisition and disposal of land, business and residential leases, landlord and tenant matters, development schemes and agreements, housing enabling work and assets of community value nominations.

You will help train, develop, and supervise our Property Lawyer and our Legal Assistant staff and provide support, guidance and mentor them. A key part of this role will be to work closely with these staff and to assist with their transition to fully qualified lawyers. Experience of training and/or supervising staff is important. 

About you:

To succeed as Senior Property Lawyer, you will be able to deal effectively with a range of people from different backgrounds using clear, concise, modern, and authoritative communication skills. You will have a systematic approach to your work and the proven ability to prioritise and meet deadlines. Furthermore, you will be a confident IT user, someone who's committed to continuous professional development and who's able to communicate effectively with colleagues and be an excellent team player. You will also have proven drafting skills to enable you to produce clear and concise pleadings and documents. You will be admitted as a Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow Chartered Legal Executive.

For an informal discussion about this role please call Robert Baxendale, Legal Services Business Manager on 01403 215482.


Applicants invited for interview will be asked to complete a Thomas’ Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) which provides a rapid and deep insight into behavioural preferences and communication style.


About us as an employer:

We have a friendly and supportive working environment and being a smaller Council, you can really get to know everybody.

We encourage and support our employees to have a healthy work life balance by, offering 28 days’ (207.2 hours) annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata), and flexible/hybrid working options where applicable.

We offer a generous benefits package including an online platform offering discounts from online retailers and access to a car lease scheme. Staff are also eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), where the Council contributes circa 20% of pensionable salary.

To support employees’ professional development the Council provides reimbursement for professional subscriptions and a number of training opportunities, including extensive in-house learning resources, short courses, Apprenticeships, and qualifications such as Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), Master of Business Administration (MBA).


Visit our Jobs and careers page to find out more about Working for Horsham District Council and Our employment commitments.




If you're an adaptable and highly organised solicitor, barrister or fellow chartered legal executive with experience, you could play a key role at Horsham District Council. 

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