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Senior Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/26530
  • Published: Mon 15/08/2022, 14:05 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 12/09/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £53,918 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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Senior Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement

The starting salary for this role is £53,918 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

Are you looking to take the next step in your career in Contracts, Procurement and Projects?

Are you as committed as we are to working as part of a supportive, successful and Lexcel accredited in-house legal team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council?

Are you looking to work in an agile organisation that focusses on outcomes?

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen within our Contract Team for a qualified Senior Solicitor or Lawyer.

About You

We are looking for a Contracts and Procurement Lawyer, with substantial experience of the law and practice in this area to join our friendly and committed team.

If you consider yourself to be an effective and dynamic individual, with some experience of managing and supervising people, with the ability to motivate others whilst working in a team, then this is the role for you.

The Role

You will be working as part of a team of contract Lawyers to provide advice across a broad range of contract and procurement (and related) issues to support the Council in the provision of its services. As a Senior Lawyer you will play an active role in the management of the team and will deputise for the Principal Solicitor alongside actively contributing to the future delivery of first class legal services.

You will provide quality proactive legal advice on issues including, but not limited to, procurement matters, company law, NEC construction contracts, general contract queries and will be expected to have conduct of a full, varied and demanding caseload.

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

  • Negotiating and drafting documentation such as construction contracts, service agreements, facilities management services
  • Providing solutions-focused and enabling advice on a range of (mainly commercial and procurement) matters and an ability to learn quickly about subjects in which you may not have had prior experience
  • Effective team working
  • Leading/ contributing at client and project meetings
  • Advising Members and Senior Officers of the Council
  • Managing competing priorities to achieve client/ statutory deadlines
  • Exemplary client care and organisational skills
  • Assisting with management of the team and direct supervision of at least one member of the team

The team is supportive and knowledgeable and there is a commitment to development and training of our in-house talent. Our Legal Services department is Lexcel accredited.

Our administrative base is in Reigate but we also have an office in Weybridge, where our Support Team is based. However, the Council adopts an agile working policy, so we are able to provide some flexibility in terms of where you work.


From flexible working arrangements to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. 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 our webpage on Staff Benefits.

Additional Information

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

Interviews will take place at our Reigate office on the 21st and 22nd September 2022.

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

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Simoine Morgan-Barnes by e-mail at

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