Vacancy Description

£25.00 Per Hour Temporary

Job Description – Grade 10 Property Lawyer / Locum Lawyer

Role purpose

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To deal with commercial property and some residential matters for the Council, including some transactions of strategic importance and to advise the Council or its companies as appropriate.
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To advise on and undertake property work relating to the Council’s wholly owned housing development company, to include the negotiation and drafting of sale agreements, development obligations, transfers, easements and utility agreements.
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To undertake detailed and complex reports on title and relevant searches across development schemes and project proposals.
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To advise on and assist in the process for the compulsory purchase of land, land appropriation and all related property matters.
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To handle some of the more complex acquisitions and disposals of land and property and all associated non-contentious work arising out of the council’s residential and commercial property portfolio including leases, licences, deeds and agreements.
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To work in partnership as appropriate with external bodies and advisors on major development and other regeneration projects and where required, to assist with the selection and appointment of external legal advisers and to monitor their performance during the project or transaction.
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To work collaboratively with all members of the Law and Governance Service to deliver excellent quality services across the full range of functions provided by the Service.

Role responsibilities and main duties

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To perform in an effective, timely, courteous, professional and flexible manner the duties of a qualified lawyer.
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To provide efficient, effective and pragmatic legal advice and assistance to the Council, the Council’s companies and other clients.
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To handle a broad range of property transactions as and when required by your line manager in order to support legal services colleagues and the various client departments.
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To work effectively with officers and members of the Council and with other clients as required.
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To attend and provide legal advice and assistance to officer and member meetings (including evening meetings) of the Council and other clients.
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To draft and negotiate the full range of legal documents without supervision.
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To contribute effectively to the implementation, development and maintenance of the Quality Manual) and to other quality assurance programmes, including Investors in People and Customer Service Excellence, across the Service.
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To use effectively the Legal Services case management system (including the full suite of modules and time recording tools) the deeds management system and other corporate and local systems and applications.
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To promote the Service
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To support, mentor, coach, supervise and generally develop legal colleagues in relevant legal work as may be required.
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To prepare and approve reports for Officers and Members of the Council where there is a requirement.
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To contribute to effective decision making and governance arrangements within the Council.
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To support proactively continuous corporate and service improvement.
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To act as an ambassador for the Council and the Law and Governance Service.
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To contribute to corporate and service projects as required.
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To contribute to recruitment, induction and performance management as required.
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To deputise for Legal Services Team Leaders, as required.

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