Legal and Policy Partner£48, 211Blaenau GwentFull time, permanent roleClosing date: 20th September 2021ST7481
The Legal and Policy Partner will provide legal advice, information and guidance in
all aspects of housing law and practice, collaborating with teams to improve their
knowledge and systems of work to deliver high quality services to tenants and
Core Responsibilities & Accountabilities
Provide general and some specialist legal advice to the services within the Housing
and Communities Directorate and support to other areas of the business, as directed,
- Housing management, including tenancy management, anti social behaviour
- and rent collection
- Land related issues
- Leasehold issues
- Property repair and investment issues - especially related to disrepair, and
- Compliance issues, including data protection.
Provide assurance to the senior management team and the board that all aspects of
housing management and other services are being delivered in accordance with legal
- To help identify areas of improvement required in the housing management team's knowledge and practice, then design and implement both training and systems solutions to address these.
- To provide a clear focus on what the organisation's legal options are in respect of all issues of housing policy, housing management and tenancy enforcement.
- To identify key changes in case law and legislative matters that is likely to impact on practice, recommend changes to work systems and collaborate with teams to implement these. This will include major change such as the Renting Homes Act.
- To contribute to aspects of compliance with regulatory requirements as identified and required.
- To provide training, advice and guidance to all teams on how to ensure they are complying with GDPR requirements.
- To work with the Head of Procurement and Compliance to report to senior management on any information security breaches or near misses and lead on action to ensure lessons are learned and practices changed
- To undertake housing management legal work for and on behalf of the organisation.
- To undertake leaseholder, shops, garages and land related legal work for and on behalf of the organisation.
- To empower, support and train housing teams to deal with complex and challenging housing management situations in a way themselves that meets cultural, ethical and legal expectations.
- To provide counsel and where necessary leadership in addressing gaps in housing management knowledge, confidence and practices.
- To design and deliver training and workshops, internally and externally.
- To collaborate with external partners on strategically relevant projects and initiatives.
• 25 days of annual leave which increases with 5 years length of service
• Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
• FREE on-site parking
• Training and Development opportunities
• A comprehensive range of company benefits including a Cycle to Work scheme
• Free, confidential, 24/7 employee assistance programme (with access to flexible counselling)