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Contracts and procurement solicitor

  • Location:

    Swindon

  • Sector:

    Legal

  • Job type:

    Contract

  • Salary:

    Up to £40 per hour

  • Contact:

    Eszter Katona

  • Contact email:

    ekatona@aktonrecruitment.com

  • Job ref:

    RQ449716_1633420397

  • Published:

    16 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    2021-11-04

  • Startdate:

    ASAP

Contracts and procurement solicitor- Swindon
£40/h

* To provide expert and comprehensive legal services and advice to members and officers of the council in respect of complex and high profile matters covered by the team working autonomously to solve problems and to contribute to the delivery of council plans and wider organizational benefits in the following areas:-
o Corporate Contracts & Procurement including general contract matters
o Property & Commercial Law including general contract matters
o Town Country Planning and Highways including general contract matters
* To act as advocate and represent the Borough Council in legal proceedings under all legislation

Knowledge & Experience
Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:
* Extensive proven post qualification experience of at least three years of local authority legal work as a practicing solicitor /barrister or Fellow of the institute of legal executives.
* Significant experience and authoritive knowledge of litigation work and practices within: Corporate Contract & Procurement and or Property & Commercial and or Planning, charities, trusts and general corporate matters.
* Strong intellectual problem-solving abilities including the ability to weigh arguments and substantiate judgments with ability to solve multifaceted and complex problems Ability to liaise for the purposes of complex cases with external persons and agencies. E.g. Doctors, Police, Counsel.
* Ability to communicate, challenge and influence at all levels across the council.
* Ability to mentor, coach and develop team members.
* Ability to rapidly understand the working of other Departments and to work creatively to meet the business objectives of those departments.
* Ability to function independently and take responsibility for own work and make important decisions without supervision.
* Proven advocacy experience in both the County and Magistrates Court and employment tribunals.
* Able to handle a heavy and pressurised workload in tight time scales.
* Able to conduct negotiations with Solicitors representing other parties on complex legal issues.
* Ability to deliver specified results, service targets and desired outcomes, to ensure process is efficient and effective and in accord with policy
* Broad understanding of the local authority and the issues that it faces including formal political structures and decision making processes within the council.

Qualifications
* Qualified solicitor with three years post qualification experience and experience working on the higher level and more complicated cases.
* Law degree or equivalent, legal practice course Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.