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Contracts Lawyer
  • Employer: Oxford City Council
  • Reference: 002132
  • Published: Mon 08/08/2022, 8:48 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 05/09/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: G9: £45,496 to £46,495 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hybrid - Oxford, St Aldate's Chambers and work from home, Oxfordshire

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Contracts Lawyer

Job Title: Contracts Lawyer 
Job reference: 002132
Service Area / Directorate: Law and Governance / Corporate Support Services
Salary and Grade: G9: 45,496 per annum full time (pro-rata for part time)
Contract: Permanent 
Hours per week: 37 
Location: Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers/Work from home

The role
Are you looking for the next step up and to progress your career as a contracts and commercial lawyer?  Do you want the opportunity to make a real difference in a progressive organisation and have the ambition and drive to succeed?

It is a brilliant time to join the Law & Governance team which operates at the heart of Oxford City Council and is responsible for the democratic and political management arrangements of the Authority including the conduct of elections, corporate and Ombudsmen complaints and the provision of a full and varied range of legal services.

As a qualified lawyer you will have a good understanding of the workings of local government including its financial, legal and political context. 

You will provide legal expertise in Contract and Procurement Law across the range of local government related agreements and will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of high quality, solution focused legal work, to all clients within the council as well as its’ council owned companies. 

You will have excellent legal research skills including using online resources and the ability to apply this to practical situations. Possessing good oral and written communication skills you will be adept at drafting concise, comprehensive contracts, letters and other formal legal documentation.
In addition you will possess commercial awareness, and a team working ethos that supports client care and service delivery.                                     

You should also be organised, adaptable and willing to get involved in all areas of the Service’s work and want to play a role in helping the Service to develop and improve. 

If you feel you meet this criteria and can demonstrate as such in your application, are enthusiastic and highly organised and, motivated by working for an inclusive and diverse organisation that is determined in its ambition to build ‘a world class city for everyone’, ensuring ‘excellent public services are at the heart of everything we do’, then we would love to hear from you.

About us
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services and is one of the most efficient, effective and ambitious councils in the country. Oxford is a vibrant and dynamic city with a global reputation and the Council sits at the centre of it all.  With high aspirations for our services and employees, we are a multi award winning Council and an evolving organisation that plays an influential role in the success of the city. Working closely with our partners, we are driving a progressive agenda that is building stronger communities, tackling climate change and helping the economy to thrive.  We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.

With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
For further information and how to apply online, please visit

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.  
Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For this role the successful applicant will do a combination of working in Oxford and from home. You should ensure that you have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.

Closing Date:      05 September 2022
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s):    Week commencing 19 September 2022

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Marcia Eccleston on 07483010072 (email 

We are an equal opportunity employer:
We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.