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Principal Lawyer - Contracts, Procurement and Special Projects
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/8964
  • Published: Fri 12/06/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/07/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36
  • Salary: £53,018 to £59,964 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: KT1 2DN

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Principal Lawyer - Contracts, Procurement and Special Projects

Job introduction

Legal Services are currently working remotely and are presently based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames. Surrey County Council is in the process of reviewing the location of its office accommodation and in line with flexible working principles the expectation is that staff will be able to work flexibly from home as well as a range of locations in Surrey to support our Community Vision 2030.

About the role

We are looking to recruit an experienced Principal Lawyer with demonstrable management skills to lead our successful in-house contracts and procurement legal team.

The successful candidate will manage a friendly six person team, advising client departments of the Council and the Council’s wholly owned trading companies. The post holder will also ensure company secretarial compliance for the Council’s trading companies (this will not require being named/registered at Companies House).

We are looking for a flexible, motivated and ambitious lawyer with extensive experience of:

  • handling their own caseload of complex work alongside management of a team
  • building effective relationships with client departments
  • attendance at and positive contributions to strategic board meetings
  • advising senior officers and elected members of the Council
  • public procurement law, multi disciplinary projects and company secretarial responsibilities.

The work of the team is varied, including frameworks, DPS and term contracts of differing complexity, collaboration agreements, MOUs, IPR, construction contracts and other commercial legal issues. Knowledge of GDPR and its impact on public contracts is essential.

For more information, please find the full job description attached at the bottom of this advert.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Deborah Chantler on 0208 541 9145 or by e-mail at

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 05 July 2020.

Interviews are expected to take place on 16th or 17th July 2020. Interviews will take place remotely and will include a technical test.

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 26 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.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

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