Senior Solicitor

Salary: £40,478 to £41,495 per annum

Hours/Working pattern: 36.25 hours per week permanent contract

Closing date: 9th of December 2022

We are looking for an enthusiastic Legal Officer to join our Legal team who is committed to the development of a positive, professional, forward looking and customer focused service.

This is an excellent chance for a lawyer to develop and broaden their professional skills. The Legal Team advises on all legal issues affecting two councils. You would be expected to help out with a variety of work. In particular we would be looking for a candidate with extensive professional experience in one of the following areas:

• Commercial Property/Estates work
• Regulatory – in particular Planning and Licensing

You should be enthusiastic and confident with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Local government experience is preferred but not essential, but you should have a flexible approach and be able to deliver in a busy and challenging environment.

We offer a good range of employee benefits including generous leave entitlement, flexible working, a generous car allowance scheme and excellent pension provisions. Free car parking is available.

For an informal chat about the role please contact David Whelan by email at

For more detailed information about the role please view the Job Description and Person Specification

Interview schedule: dates of interview to be confirmed. Interviews will take place in person at our offices in Leyland

About you

You will be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister or a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives with substantial relevant experience and knowledge

You will have an understanding of the political environment and how local authorities function.
You will have a good understanding of the legal framework in which local authorities operate

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Shared Services

We share a number of our services with Chorley Council.

Shared services allows for improved resilience across both councils and provides numerous benefits to our operations and in turn our service to our residents. It also provides significant cost savings for both councils.

Some roles we advertise will be shared services roles, meaning the successful applicant, while will be employed by one council, will work across both South Ribble and Chorley authorities.

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You will be working in the shared services Legal team. South Ribble Borough Council will be your main employer.

Equal Opportunities

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to the elimination of unfair and unlawful discrimination and prejudice in all our policies, procedures and practices.

We seek to challenge any unlawful or unjustifiable discrimination and we aim to prevent exclusion on grounds such as age, disability, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion or any other unjustifiable reason. We will take appropriate action to resolve any issues raised where discrimination is alleged.

Please be aware if you are disabled or your last employer was the armed forces and you meet all the essential criteria of a post you will be guaranteed an interview.

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