Aberdeen City Council
£35,248 - £40,308 per year Pro Rata
10 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link  and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.     

Location: Marischal College
Duration: Part Time 18.5 hours per week, Fixed Term up to 52 weeks Maternity Cover

Aberdeen City Council has recently modernised the way it delivers its in-house legal service which provides legal and commercial advice to the Council and public sector partners. Aberdeen City Council is one of Scotland’s largest councils and this is an exciting time to work for Legal Services where successful applicants will have the opportunity of being at the heart of some of Scotland’s most exciting projects including the delivery of the City Region Deal and the new Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre.

We currently have a fixed term maternity cover vacancy (for up to 52 weeks) for a Solicitor in our Governance team

Governance – This team provides legal advice and support in the areas of Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Trust and Charity Law, State Aid, Surveillance Law, and advising a variety of committees and panels.

Job Purpose:
To provide a professional legal advice and representation service to the Council, and other organisations as authorised by the Council, as directed by the Team Leader.
To provide a customer and solution focused service based on the principles of continuous improvement, professionalism, integrity and best value.
To represent the Council’s interests in legal matters to a high professional standard.


The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland holding a Practising Certificate from the Law Society of Scotland
An up to date knowledge of the legislation and practice in Conveyancing and property law or in Licensing law or in at least two of the areas of law covered by the Governance Team or in Planning and Environmental law or in at least two of the areas of law covered by the Litigation Team


The post holder is expected to demonstrate:

Provision of clear, succinct and commercially-focused advice and support to clients
Active representation of the Council’s interests in legal matters to a high professional standard and in a manner which is flexible, accessible, approachable and solutions-focused
A business partner approach to clients fostering a customer and solutions-focused approach to the delivery of legal services
Effective building and maintenance of successful working relationships with internal and external partners to secure best value and to provide outstanding service.
Critical analysis and evaluation of information, data and situations to assist in problem solving and the provision of solution-focused advice including the
management of risk
Effective communication skills, both oral and written, to influence and resolve a wide range of legal issues of varying complexity
Effective Team work and working on their own initiative.
Effective and appropriate prioritisation of work to meet tight deadlines.
Proficiency in analytical, research, investigative and drafting skills
Adaptability to the changing priorities and working practices of the Service and the Council as a whole

The Individual

Please see the Job Profile for further information.

The post holder must hold a current unrestricted practising certificate from the Law Society of Scotland at the date of commencement of employment with the Council.

Aberdeen City Council also offers favourable terms and conditions including flexible working and salary sacrifice schemes.

For more information on the vacancies, please don’t hesitate to contact Craig Veitch, Team Leader, Property on 01224 522465 or at or Jess Anderson, Team Leader, Governance on 01224 522553 or at

See also:
2. Job Profile.doc

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