Lawyer (Environment)

Grade/Salary CWAC NJC – Grade 11: £41,440 to £48,120 per annum

Ref No W2162

Closing Date 18th September 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.

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.


You will be required to primarily work from home but office accommodation is available. You must be able to attend Planning Committee in person when required.

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 Victoria Roberts (

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 listed above 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.

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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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