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Lawyer - Highways and Planning
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/26030
  • Published: Tue 23/08/2022, 12:05 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 12/09/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £46,634 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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Lawyer - Highways and Planning

The starting salary for this role is £46,634 per annum depending on experience and based on a 36-hour working week. This role is part of our Lawyers Career Scheme providing the opportunity to progress to £52,625 per annum.

Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop a career in Planning and Highway law?

Are you looking to work in an agile organisation that focusses on outcomes rather than the location from which you work? 

The administrative base for the Council’s Legal Services is Woodhatch Place in Reigate. While the team generally works from home in line with the Council’s remote working policy, we aim to meet in person at one of our offices in Surrey and work together there on at least one day a month. Visits to our offices may also be required occasionally for in-person meetings and any coordination regarding work with our helpful and professional legal support team. When the team works from home, we are available to our clients and have frequent contact with one another and daily slots in the diary for team catch-ups.

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

In role you will conduct of a number of highways and planning agreements, working in a committed and positive way to sometimes tight deadlines. Other work includes advising on general highways and planning issues, some local government matters, and have conduct of any related appeals / litigation.

You will be able to demonstrate recent legal experience in the relevant areas of law alongside the following skills and abilities:             

  • Negotiating a range of highways and planning legal agreements
  • Providing practical clear advice on a range of highways and planning matters
  • Effective team working
  • Ability to take on urgent, and sometimes unfamiliar, matters at short notice
  • Managing competing priorities to achieve client deadlines
  • Exemplary client care.

Local Authority work involves a wide variety of daily challenges in new and interesting areas, but we will provide support for training to cover areas new to you.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 11th September 2022.

Interviews will take place on 28th and 29th September 2022 at Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, KT22 7AH.

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

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Nancy El-Shatoury by email - 

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


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.

Our Commitment

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.