Principal Legal Officer (Litigation & Regulation)

Grade 11 £35,336 – £38,553

Ref 179

Closing Date 28th March 2022

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

As Principal Legal Officer you will manage a varied and interesting caseload. This will include dealing with litigation – related matters and giving advice to the Council on licensing, planning, environmental health and housing matters.  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; criminal law, licensing law, highways law, civil litigation, planning law and employment law.

You will have excellent communication skills. You will have the ability to draft legal proceedings and statutory notices. You can manage a range of complex and competing priorities and deadlines. You are an effective member of the team but can work without supervision and have the ability 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.

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

How to Apply

We thank you for your interest in working for Burnley Council.

All online applicants will receive an acknowledgment confirming receipt upon submission.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited for an interview. If your application is not successful, you will receive an email confirmation. This is normally within 3 weeks of the closing date.

Details of when the interviews will be held are included within the vacancy advert. You will be able to choose a convenient interview appointment time.

References are normally taken up after the interviews have been held. There will be no offer of employment until satisfactory references, a medical clearance and DBS clearance (if required) have been granted.

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