Solicitor - Property/Planning, West Lothian Civic Centre (40145) CD 14/01/18

11 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The closing date for this post is provisionally set at 14 January 2018. West Lothian Council reserve the right to close this post early depending on applicant response levels

West Lothian Council is one of Scotland's most successful local authorities and is based in Livingston.

Legal Services provides comprehensive legal and committee services to the council and is made up of four teams - Committee Services, Licensing, Litigation, and Property/Planning.

This is a full time, permanent post but job share and secondment arrangements may be considered.

This is a varied and challenging role as part of a small and busy team. The post-holder is expected to undertake all aspects of planning business including reviewing planning agreements and advising on other planning related matters. Where required the post holder will also undertake general and commercial conveyancing including leasing, sales and acquisitions, drafting, negotiating necessary contractual arrangements and other business to support delivery of the full range of planning and property business undertaken by the council.

The post holder will act as Clerk to the Local Review Body and Development Management Committee and undertake such other areas of work as required.

The post is suitable for and will be of interest to an enthusiastic and motivated qualified solicitor seeking a position which brings the unique challenges of being an in house legal adviser. The successful candidate will be client focussed and proactive in the identification of issues relevant to council services.In addition to the technical competencies required the successful candidate will have excellent communication and team working skills. They will deliver advice to team members, council officers and elected members in a clear and concise manner, demonstrate a commitment to excellence in customer service and a flexible approach to meeting changing demands and priorities. They will contribute to and participate in the Council's training programme for colleagues and client services.

The skills and experience you must have:
  • LLB Degree or Equivalent
  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • Membership of the Law Society of Scotland with a current unrestricted Practising Certificate
  • Post-qualifying planning and general commercial conveyancing experience
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of law relating to a local authority
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentational skills
  • IT experience/aptitude

The benefits package includes a 36 hour week, flexible working hours, up to 30 days paid holidays and 7 public holidays a year,a comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resources and access to a range of discounted benefits.

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