Principal Solicitor

Recruiter
Anonymous
Location
Swindon
Salary
Competitive
Posted
02 Sep 2019
Closes
30 Sep 2019
Sectors
Legal
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time
Our Client is looking fpor a Principal Solicitor

Job Purpose

To lead and manage a team of lawyers in the provision of property and development, planning, contracts and procurement advice, ensuring efficient, effective and economic cost management of the service which inspires the confidence of officers and members and to provide legal services and advice in at least one of these areas.

* To ensure the provision of relevant legal service and advice to the council which enables and supports the client to deliver the objectives.

* As a member of the Legal management Team to share professional and managerial leadership of the legal team.

Key Accountabilities

* To review the delivery of services within the area to ensure they are provided in the most cost efficient and effective way.

* Performance managing your team to ensure the client receives the legal service which best supports the delivery of its wider objectives

* Supporting through the provision of relevant advice and guidance the client services

* To provide appropriate professional advice and management information to the Director of Law

Special Requirements

* Committed to high quality public services and local democracy

* Ability to explain complex issues in a straight forward manner

* Able to work as a member of a delivery team

* Ability to subjugate personal ambition to the wider interests of the client

* Able to manage meaningful performance, in particular to distinguish between input measures and the quality and quantity of output.

* Committed to probity, honesty and openness

* Copes effectively with uncertainty

* Commands respect, has presence and is personally credible to diverse groups

Knowledge & Experience

Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:

* Excellent knowledge of legislation, policies and guidance relevant to the services under your control

* The ability to communicate complex issues simply

* High level leadership and management skills, in particular the management of performance

* High level communication skills, using appropriate media to achieve maximum impact

* Capacity to work in complex, integrated corporate structure

* Ability to establish and sustain positive relationships, that generate confidence and collaborative working with the Elected Members, managers and other partners and stakeholders

Desirable but not essential:

* Excellent knowledge of relevant legislation and case law relating to public law.

* A thorough understanding of the legal and democratic environment within local government

* Strategic management capacity and ability to think strategically

* Consistent achievement and successful management in a large, complex organisation

* Successful track record of establishing and developing services using a performance management culture and demonstrating continuous improvement

* Leadership of major, complex projects to successful delivery

* Business and resource planning and delivery of successful outcomes

* Management of risk and quality assurance

Qualifications

* Qualified Solicitor or Barrister

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