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Solicitor (Contracts & Procurement)

Southampton City Council
Southampton, Hampshire
Up to £55,648 per year + Benefits
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Why Work for us: Employee benefits (

The current salary is up to £55,648 plus benefits which include:

  • Hybrid and Remote working
  • Flexi Time Scheme and family friendly policies
  • 28-34 (length of service dependent) days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Generous Local Government Pension scheme
  • Wide range of employee benefits online discount scheme offering generous discounts including retailer, leisure and tax efficient salary sacrifice major purchases, lease car and bike options and GAYE. 

The Southampton, Fareham & Havant Legal Partnership is an outcome-focused service recognised for its dedication to improving the communities in which we live and work and delivering professional excellence. Working to transform three Councils, we are committed to delivering real change.

We are expanding our commercial contracts / procurement team to enable the delivery of an exciting range of transformation projects across all three Councils.

We are looking for up to three additional lawyers committed to delivering solution focused advice in commercial contracts law as part of a wider Partnership Team that provides cross cutting support in a fast paced, proactive and dynamic client focused. You would be joining a highly regarded, strong performing team reporting to the Senior Solicitor / Business Partner supporting commercial growth.

We are looking for lawyers with a solid understanding of procurement and contracts who have enthusiasm and dynamism and prepared to bring a fresh approach and drive to the team.  

We work through a mix of hybrid working (predominantly remote with some in person team and client meetings), with adaptable working hours subject to meeting our clients’ needs. Solicitors are also asked to take part in an in-office Duty Solicitor rota (shared across the entire Partnership).

If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake one of these roles we would like to hear from you. For further information about these roles please view the relevant job description on our website.

Contact details for informal discussion:

For further information and details regarding the position please contact Andy Forrest, Senior Solicitor on 023 8083 2624 ( Sarita Riley, Head of Legal Partnerships on 023 8083 3218 (

Interview Information:

Please note that interviews are expected to be held in June and July 2024.

Recruitment contact details:

Tel: 023 8083 4033

Additional information:

  • The working hours for this role are 37 hours per week 
  • This is a permanent position.
  • Applications will be considered as they are received. The advert may be closed early if a successful candidate is appointed.

How to apply:

To apply for the position please select the 'Apply for this job' button at the bottom of the page.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept applications that are made through a third party agency. We cannot guarantee that any correspondence sent from third party agencies will be responded to. To ensure your application is received please apply directly through our website.

We are proud to be #DisabilityConfident and support fair recruitment practices. Find out how you can get involved at  No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

Southampton City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.  It is committed to delivering services to ensure they are happy, safe and have opportunities to reach their goals as responsible members of our community.  We believe it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or adult to experience abuse of any kind and recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.  We are committed to following safe practices to ensure this and expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.  This commitment is reflected in all our recruitment and selection practices.

As a Corporate Parent we are actively aiming to support all our children in care (looked after children) and care leavers. Any applicants who are children in care or care leavers, who meet the essential criteria for the post applied for, will be guaranteed an interview.

Interviews are expected to be held in June and July 2024. Please note that the Council may offer exceptional candidates interviews while the recruitment remains open and reserves the option to appoint to any of the vacancies before the close of the recruitment period for the right candidate.


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