Principal Lawyer (Litigation & Regulation)

  • Employer: Burnley Borough Council
  • Salary: Grade 13 = £41,591 – £44,624 per annum
  • Location: Burnley
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
  • Hours: 36.25 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Closing Date: 31/10/2022 at 23:55
  • Reference: 211

We are looking to appoint a Solicitor or Fellow of CILEX to join the Legal Services team in Burnley.

As Principal Lawyer you will manage a varied and interesting caseload. This will include giving advice to the Council on licensing matters, planning, environmental health and housing. You will also represent the Council in the Magistrates’ Court and County Court and give advice to elected members in committee.

You will have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a legal environment in a fee-earning capacity and will have advocacy experience in the Magistrates’ court.

You will need to demonstrate experience of three of the following areas of law; civil litigation, criminal law, licensing, highways, planning, information law and employment.

You will have excellent communication skills. You will have the ability to draft legal proceedings and statutory notices. It is essential you are able to manage a range of complex and competing priorities and deadlines. It is also essential that you are able to work as an effective member of the team and without supervision and are able to manage a diverse workload.

Burnley is situated in Pennine Lancashire. It has a thriving town centre and is surrounded by attractive countryside. Burnley has excellent transport links around the region including a direct train line to Manchester.

The Council offers a generous pension scheme, holiday entitlement and exceptional work/ life balance.

This is a Politically Restricted Post within the meaning of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989

If you have the above qualities and want to help us deliver an effective Legal service, then we would love to hear from you. If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Catherine Waudby, Head of Legal and Democratic Services on 01282 477198 or at


Please apply via the link provided.

Please note we do not accept CVs, an online application must be submitted.