Senior Lawyer – Commercial – WMF1026e

Job reference: REQ00000016592
Salary: £53,775 – £55,963
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: South Lakeland House, Kendal
Contract: Permanent

About this opportunity

A great opportunity has arisen in our head office in the beautiful market town of Kendal in Cumbria and within our Legal Team for a Senior Lawyer to lead on the Council’s Commercial work.

To be a success in our Legal Team you will have experience as a Commercial Solicitor and have knowledge in:

Drafting and reviewing contract terms and conditions including framework agreements
Drafting and reviewing grant agreements
Providing procurement advice
Awareness of subsidy control

You will be a strong team player with a proven track record of delivering to deadlines, have effective communication skills and be able to use sound judgement to solve problems. You will be used to working in a busy pressurised environment and will enjoy a challenge. Ideally you will have experience of working in a local authority and/or knowledge of local authority governance. Knowledge and experience of dealing with company law would be desirable. A commitment to delivering the best possible service for the benefit of our residents and clients, is required. You must have good IT literacy skills and an ability to use electronic publications for the purpose of legal work and research are critical.

Other duties will include dealing with a range of matter including providing advice to officers and elected members, advising on legal implications in Committee, Council and Cabinet reports, attending Council Committees and working groups as required.

What can we offer you!

Excellent training and development offers
Flexible working opportunities
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: 5th May 2024

Interview date: w/c 20th May 2024

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.

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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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