Lawyer - Property Team - 12409

Recruiter
Environment Agency
Location
Reading, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
18 Sep 2019
Closes
22 Sep 2019
Ref
1266806624
Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Lawyer - Property Team - 12409

Number of jobs available
1

Region
South East

City/Town
Reading

Grade
Staff Grade 5

Post Type
Permanent

Working Pattern
Full Time, Part Time

Role Type
Legal Services

Salary Minimum
£34,879

Job description
From flood defence to habitat creation, the diverse nature of the Environment Agency's functions provides a wide range of interesting and challenging property legal work. Here, you will have the opportunity to make your mark in a high profile national body. In addition, our organisational culture enables a good work-life balance and great professional development.

Joining as a Lawyer in the Property team, you will work closely with our Estates surveyors distributed across our 14 Areas. You will make a key contribution to our work by providing risk-based legal advice on a wide range of property issues. The work will be challenging, and will include a wide range of property work , for example the disposal and acquisition of freehold and leasehold interests (registered and unregistered property), drafting of licences and leases to manage our assets, commercial lease renewals, and some agricultural property work. You will need to be able to think creatively and to provide solutions as our work is often not routine, and will require you to consider the bigger picture, including relevant areas of environmental or public law.

The team
The Property team is made up of lawyers and support staff located in Bristol, Exeter, Peterborough, Solihull and Reading. Lawyers work closely within the team and across Legal Services as a whole. Our focus is to provide an excellent standard of support for clients to meet operational needs and deliver environmental outcomes.

Experience/skills required
As a fully qualified Solicitor, Barrister, Chartered Legal Executive or Licensed Conveyancer and entitled to practise in England and Wales, you'll be educated to degree level and have experience of working in a property legal team, negotiating, drafting and advising on property transactions or projects relating to property matters.

Confident and credible, you will have first-class communication skills, strong analytical skills and the ability to pick up new work quickly. You will be customer-focused with good organisational skills and able to work independently with minimal supervision or within the team if required. With a detail-conscious, highly organised approach to work, you'll thrive on challenge and prioritise well which will enable you to manage your own caseload effectively.

A background in agricultural property, commercial property or public sector property work is desirable but not essential as training can be given.

Contact and additional information
We are recruiting one post on either a full-time or part-time basis. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.

The post will be based in Reading. You may be required to travel to other offices as work demands.

The Environment Agency offers a generous career average defined-benefit pension scheme and a commitment to continuing professional development. We will support and encourage you to develop and expand your expertise in appropriate areas.

For further information please contact Alison Parker (alison.parker@environment-agency.gov.uk) or Helene Dowson (helene.dowson@environment-agency.gov.uk).

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Job Profile - 12409.pdf - 88KB

Closing Date:

29/09/2019, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required
Basic Check

Competence 1
Achieves Results

Description
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results

Competence 2
Focuses on Customers and Partners

Description
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses

Competence 3
Legislative Knowledge

Description
Has and applies a good knowledge of property law and the technical skills required to protect both the Environment Agency and the environment.

Role specific professional membership requirements
Practising Certificate

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.

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