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Senior Lawyer - Highways and Planning
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/3589
  • Published: Tue 12/11/2019, 11:15 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 29/12/2019, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £44,838 per annum + Benefits
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2DN., Surrey

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Senior Lawyer - Highways and Planning

£44,838 to £50,711 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Kingston Upon Thames. 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 are looking to relocate back into the county by 2020

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

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.

About the role

At Surrey County Council, within our Highways and Planning legal team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified senior solicitor or lawyer. We are looking for flexible and motivated colleagues to join this friendly and committed team. Our work is very varied and we work for informed and appreciative client teams.

The persons 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, planning enforcement, 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. You will deputise for the Principal Lawyer as required. The work is fast-paced and key to the delivery of the Council's strategic goals..

You will clearly demonstrate that you have good experience in the relevant areas of law and the following skills and abilities: 

  1. Negotiating highways and planning agreements;
  2. Providing solutions-focused and enabling advice on a range of planning and highways - related legal matters, and an ability to learn quickly about subjects in which you may not have had any prior experience;
  3. Effective team working;
  4. Advocacy at the Magistrates' Court
  5. Managing competing priorities to achieve client deadlines; and
  6. 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.

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Contact details

For an informal discussion contact Nancy El-Shatoury on 0208 541 9095 or by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application. 

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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 29th December 2019.

Interviews will take place week commencing 6th January 2020.