Lawyer - Highways & Planning - Kingston upon Thames
£38,888 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN.
This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.
We work flexi hours, have some admin support, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government contributory pension scheme, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
About the Role
At Surrey County Council, within our Highways and Planning legal team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Team Lawyer. We are looking for a flexible and motivated colleague to join this friendly and progressive team. Our work is very varied and we work for informed and appreciative client teams.
Since April 2016 Surrey County Council Legal Services have been working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council as part of Orbis Public Law. The vision is to create:
‘A single, resilient, sustainable cost-effective legal service with a public service ethos with an ability and ambition to grow’.
This partnership creates one of the largest public sector legal services in the UK and presents unrivalled opportunities to share our knowledge, experience and understanding across teams and Authorities.
The person appointed to this post will have conduct of a number of highways and planning agreements, some high profile, securing significant benefits for Surrey residents. You will also be required to advise on general highways and planning issues, local government law, Commons, Village Greens, and have conduct of any related litigation. You will advise Members, particularly Members of the County’s Planning and Regulatory Committee. The work is fast paced and key to the delivery of the Council’s strategic goals..
You will clearly demonstrate that you have recent legal experience in the relevant areas of law and the following skills and abilities;
- Negotiating legal agreements;
- Providing solutions-focused and enabling advice on a range of legal matters, including in areas in which you may not have had any prior experience;
- Effective team working;
- Advocacy at the Magistrates’ Court
- Managing competing priorities to achieve client deadlines; and
- Exemplary client care.
The team is supportive and knowledgeable and there is a commitment to development and training our in-house talent and support for training to cover new areas of practice.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 29/04/2018.
Interviews will take place week commencing 7th May 2018.
Please note, if access to the GCSX (PSN) network is required for this role, a Basic Disclosure (DBS check) will be required to meet the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards.
Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.
- Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
- Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
- Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
- Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.
Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.
- Be customer focused - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
- Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
- Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
- Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
- Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
- Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.