Commercial Lawyer (2 vacancies)

Salary £43,421 – £48,474 Per Annum
Permanent, Full time, 37 hours per week
Job Identification: 9411
Job Category: Legal & Governance
Posting Date: 06/25/2024, 04:58 PM
Apply Before: 07/29/2024, 11:58 PM
Location: County Hall, Preston, PR1 8RE, GB

Pay Award Pending

International Sponsorship – this role is not open to international sponsorship

Lancashire is the fourth largest local authority in England and spans twelve districts that cover a huge geographic area and a range of communities, both urban and rural. We deliver a wide range of services to the 1.2 million people who live here.

Lancashire’s Legal (Commercial & Procurement) team supports the delivery of those services through the provision of solutions-focused commercial legal advice, on a diverse range of high value and complex matters. The work includes drafting and amending contracts and other legal and procurement documents, negotiating with third parties, collaborating with other public and private sector partners and advising on tenders. We advise on a broad range of projects including Redefining Lancashire economic development work, highways, infrastructure, insourcing and outsourcing of council functions and the council’s commercialisation agenda.

Both roles involve advising on the application of the council’s constitution, relevant procurement legislation, subsidy control, grant funding and a variety of other commercial matters, with the opportunity to work on high value and strategic projects.

The roles will be primarily general commercial lawyer posts, however the successful applicants will also have the opportunity to advise in the following service areas:

  • the council’s Pension Fund on a range of contract and commercial matters, including discharge of functions and liability agreements relating to the pension administration and investment functions carried out by Local Pensions Partnership Ltd, along with associated transactional work
  • the council’s Digital Service on a range of contract, commercial and procurement matters, including the procurement of hardware and software, software licences and the use of third-party frameworks
  • Academy conversions. This involves the drafting and negotiating of Commercial Transfer Agreements, working closely with the council’s Legal Property and Assets teams to ensure that academy conversions are completed on time.

We are a friendly, talented and collaborative team who support each other to make a meaningful contribution to the council’s vision – making Lancashire the best place to live, work and prosper. Commercial Lawyers enjoy a high level of responsibility and hands-on experience of stimulating, challenging work, whilst benefiting from an inclusive, supportive and flexible working environment.

The successful candidate will have access to a generous benefits package, set out in more detail here – and at

All successful applicants will need to have been admitted as a Solicitor, be a practicing Barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive.

Desirable requirements:

Demonstrable commercial background, with credit given for the breadth and depth of experience that a candidate can demonstrate
Experience of local authority legal work with an appreciation of the requirements of adhering to our constitution and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
We will consider lawyers with commercial experience from any setting as well as newly qualified lawyers who can demonstrate a strong work ethic and professional attitude.

For an informal discussion, please contact Kelly Westwood on (01772) 539098 / email or Ross Hudson on (01772) 533233 / email

Council employees work on a hybrid basis. The post is based at County Hall, Preston, but employees have the ability and opportunity to work from home.

Closing date: 29 July 2024

In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, which can be found on LCC Vacancies website.

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

Job Description and Person Specification

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