Lawyer (Environment)

Grade 10/11 (Salary depending on experience)

Grade 10- (SCP 31- 35) £34,728- £40,728

Grade 11- (SCP 35- 40) £40,728- £47,292

Ref Number W1891

Closing Date 24th June 2022

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a planning/highways lawyer to join our Lexcel accredited legal services team at Cheshire West and Chester Council on a permanent contract. This role is in the Environment team which provides legal and professional support to the Council, in the areas of planning, highways, environment and regeneration law.

The successful candidate will be a solicitor, barrister, or fellow legal executive with a minimum of 2-year pqe, working for a planning authority and will be able to provide accurate, practical and timely legal advice with minimum supervision.

The main duties will be: providing planning advice; drafting and completing a range of planning and highway agreements; attend planning appeals and inquiries; advising on reports and attend Planning or other Committees; attending meetings and advising officers, members and Directors. You will also need to carry out legal research and support the legal managers and the Director of Governance.


We offer flexi time and ability to work from home but also work from our brand-new offices, when required. We provide training to support continuing professional development.

If you have relevant experience and are skilful, organised and enthusiastic lawyer, who thrives in working in a busy environment and being part of a team, this role may be ideal for you.

For informal discussion about this role please contact Chrisa Tsompani,

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. We may decide to close the advert before the closing date if we have sufficient applications so please do not delay in submitting your application.

The contractual work location for this role is Ellesmere Port however you may be required to work from a range of work locations or sites within the Borough and may also be required to work from home, depending on the needs of the service.

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In your application you should ensure that you provide evidence of how you have demonstrated meeting the Council’s core competencies of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

Please ensure you check the email account (including junk/spam boxes) from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please click the Equality Policy for more information.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £9.90 per hour for all contracted hours.

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