Lawyer – Environment Team
Grade I to K, scp31 £37,261 to scp43 £49,590 per annum – career grade dependent upon experience
Closing Date 3 July 2023
About You and The Role
Following a Service Review, Bolton Council is recruiting to several permanent positions within the Legal Services Team. We are looking for a highly motivated lawyer to join our Environment Legal Team to provide high quality advice and representation to the Council, Officers and Elected Members.
The post holder will carry a caseload of matters relating to local government law with a particular emphasis on employment law, civil litigation and education law so you will need a current practising certificate.
You will have strong analytical abilities alongside excellent written and verbal communication skills and will be responsible for managing your time effectively whilst working to court directed deadlines. You should be used to working under pressure and to managing a demanding and varied caseload but must also be able to demonstrate your ability to add value to an established team as you will support the Principal Solicitors, Monitoring Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer as required and will ensure that the service meets all its statutory requirements and responsibilities.
Whilst previous local authority experience would be an advantage, we are also open to candidates who have private practice experience or experience in other in-house roles where they have transferable skills and would be a good fit.
The role is career graded allowing appointment according to level of experience and ability with subsequent career progression. Those appointed to Grade K would be Senior Lawyers without having to manage but involved in mentoring and supporting the development of colleagues as well as deputising where appropriate for the Principal Lawyer offering opportunities for continued personal development.
Bolton is a wonderful and caring place to work as people feel active, connected, and prosperous. The Council is based in various locations across the borough with nearby parking and access to excellent rail and bus networks. We also encourage our team to work flexibly and efficiently by using technology to work remotely.
We pride ourselves on our warm and professional relationships with both our internal and external stakeholders, as well as other members of staff. The team is supported by our senior legal assistants, legal assistants and administrative staff who assist us with bundle preparation, requesting evidence and where necessary shadowing counsel. The team meets regularly to ensure that staff feel supported, they understand their department and how they fit into our broader function as a Council.
We are proud of our history in promoting the development of our staff by offering opportunities for career progression where possible and maintaining an individual development plan so that we can support staff in meeting their potential.
As an employer we want to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment, by giving them the opportunity to access a range of exclusive rewards and benefits such as flexi time and discounts. In addition, we offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, as well as access to employee support services and assistance programmes.
Ready to apply? Then please click Apply, fill in the short application and upload your anonymised CV, and a covering statement answering points 1, 4 and 6 on the Person Specification.
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