Senior Lawyer – Commercial (100% remote working)

Salary: £51,766 – £53,873

This post is available 100% remote working

Job reference REQ00000015480

Closing Date 20th August 2023

About this opportunity

Are you looking for a management career/your next career step in a fast-paced, highly influential and innovative team?  Would like to be part of a new team in Westmorland and Furness Council?

Westmorland and Furness Council is looking for commercial lawyer to join the Legal Governance and Democratic Services team as Senior Lawyer – Commercial.

The Council’s Commercial lawyers support the Council with many of its functions.  The Council has a busy procurement service that benefits from regular legal support from the Commercial lawyers in drafting terms and conditions, contracts and advising on procurement law.  All Services  require support when providing grants to ensure appropriate security and obligations are in place to deliver the aim of those grants.   The Council is seeking someone with strong commercial skills and business acumen.

The Role

As a Senior Lawyer you will handle your own caseload of commercial matters with support of more junior lawyers and legal officers; you will also oversee the day-to-day management and supervision of the wider team; assist the wider management team in ensuring the provision of the most appropriate and cost-effective method of meeting the Council’s requirements for legal services. This will include contributing to the management of the wider Legal Services and supporting the organisation in achieving a high standard of corporate governance.

Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong and inspiring leader, with exceptional knowledge in commercial and procurement law and experience of working in either local authorities or a politically sensitive environment. It is a fantastic time to join us, as we expand and develop our Services, working in new ways to support the newly formed Westmorland and Furness Council.

If you are looking for a new challenge, in a friendly, supportive and professionally stimulating environment, then we want to hear from you.

What can we offer you!

*Excellent training and development offers

*Flexible working opportunities- this role is available on a fully remote working basis

*Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme

*Boost your pension with Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contributions (facilitated by AVC Wise)

*Various perks and discounts schemes, including money off your phone contract and local gyms

*Competitive rates of pay

Application and Interview information

Closing date: 20/08/2023

Interview date:  w/c 04/09/2023

We are currently operating both in-person and virtual interviews. Options will be discussed with candidates once they have been invited to the interview stage of the process for this specific position, and if you have any concerns or adjustments are needed, we are happy to discuss.

If you are invited to a virtual interview, this will preferably be undertaken using the Microsoft Teams software, which is currently free for new users, however if there are any issues with accessing this technology, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements prior to the interviews.

Safer Recruitment

At Westmorland and Furness Council we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all employees, volunteers and the Externally Provided Workforce (EPWs) to share this commitment.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Westmorland and Furness Council is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone and work to promote an inclusive, supportive culture that values and celebrates our differences.

As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

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