Lawyer (Property)

Salary/Grade £34,728 – £47,292 pro rata per annum

22.2 Hours per week

Job Ref  W1427

Closing date 30/9/21

A Commercial Property lawyer post to provide legal advice and assistance to the Council, its members and officers with regards to its extensive property portfolio including acquisitions, disposals and leasehold management.

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 dedicated Commercial Property lawyer to join our Lexcel accredited Legal Services Team at Cheshire West and Chester Council.  This role is within the Environment, Employment and Property Team and will provide legal advice and assistance to the Council primarily in the area of commercial property with particular emphasis on disposals, acquisitions and leasehold management

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and dedicated, have a strong work ethic and be keen to seize the opportunity to progress their legal career by developing their technical skills and commercial awareness in a friendly, collaborative environment.

The successful candidate will have experience in commercial property typically gained in negotiating leases and agreements for lease for landlords as well as the acquisition and disposal of both freehold and leasehold properties.  They will also have strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrable ability to adopt a commercial perspective rather than an ‘academic’ approach to legal issues and to be highly client focused.  The successful candidate will be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in written form, with excellent organisational skills, an ability to effectively prioritise and manage their own workload and possesses excellent IT skills.

Legal Services is a busy, supportive team. This role offers an interesting and varied workload and the support and encouragement to develop your potential. Our core values are those of the Council – Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

The role is 22.2 hours per week with a salary range of £34,728 to £47.292 per annum (pro rata) depending on experience. Currently as a team we are working from home and longer term, there will the opportunity to continue with flexible working arrangements. The Council offers generous leave allowances (25 rising to 30 days a year) and excellent pension provision.

If you would like further information regarding the role, please contact Lee Hubbard at to arrange an informal chat.

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 £9.50 per hour for all contracted hours.

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