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Legal Opportunities at Wirral Council
  • Employer: Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Reference: WMBC/22/212048
  • Published: Tue 20/09/2022, 16:37 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 09/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £50,280 to £57,067
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Wirral, Hybrid Working, Cheshire Lines Building, Merseyside

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Legal Opportunities at Wirral Council

Salary: £50,280 - £57,067 (pending pay award) with an option of a market rate supplement and contribution to the ongoing costs of professional development

Contract: Flexible full or part-time / Permanent

Location: Wirral / Hybrid

There has never been a more exciting time to join Wirral Council. We are expanding our legal team to deliver a dynamic, enabling service and we are looking for talented and ambitious lawyers to drive innovation, improvement and growth to the Council and our communities.

We are looking for senior lawyers to join our Major Projects / Regeneration & Planning teams. These teams are pivotal to the success of up to 148 major transformational projects across the Council including one of the largest and most exciting regeneration projects in the UK. We are working in partnership with Homes England and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to deliver a 15-year regeneration programme known as Wirral Waters, which will transform the left bank of the River Mersey into an internationally recognisable destination. All of this means that we need excellent lawyers to spearhead these major cutting-edge projects who can combine their legal skill, innovation and passion to create prosperous, sustainable environments in which communities and businesses can thrive, and who put customers at the heart of our legal challenges. You will be using your legal skills to their full advantage dealing with significant property, land acquisitions and disposal transactions and delivering unique commercial solutions to some of the most exciting, forward thinking regeneration programmes in the UK. You can truly elevate your career by exposure to these once in a lifetime projects.

At the same time, we are looking for a Principal Lawyer to support our Adults, Children & Education Teams. We are looking for an inspirational leader to lead and manage a team of specialist Adult Social Care, Child Protection and Education lawyers ensuring the provision of professional legal advice, support and assistance to the Council, Senior Leaders, Members and partners.

These really are outstanding opportunities which will provide you the kind of professional challenge, leadership and total autonomy you will naturally aspire to as an ambitious leader. You will be welcomed by a supportive, talented and passionate team who are at the forefront of delivering fast-paced, challenging and ambitious plans for the borough.

About the roles

We are looking for a range of lawyers at all levels to join our busy and growing legal team. You will lead the provision of professional legal advice across a range of disciplines and you will support Senior Leaders and Members of the Council. You will be welcomed by a supportive, talented and passionate team who are at the forefront of delivering fast-paced, challenging and ambitious plans for Wirral.

Senior Lawyer Major Projects / Regeneration

We are looking for candidates with extensive experience of providing legal advice relating to major regeneration & development projects. You will have excellent communication and IT skills, good commercial acumen and the ability to work effectively as part of a busy team of solicitors and legal assistants.

You will be confident in negotiating and drafting complex and high value agreements and handling high profile commercial matters. You will have the ability to work well under pressure and assist the Lead Principal Lawyer to manage a busy workload to tight deadlines.

The successful candidate will have a positive, ‘can-do’ style of working whilst having the confidence to challenge the status quo and show tact, diplomacy, empathy and politically awareness with resilience, especially in dealing with competing and demanding pressures. Ultimately, you will demonstrate a commitment and enthusiasm to making a difference for residents, you will role model our values and will be an ambassador for the Council.

Please note, that in order to be considered for this position, you must be a qualified and practising barrister, solicitor, legal executive (Fellow) or equivalent (subject to or awaiting QLTS).

Senior Lawyer Planning

We are looking for candidates with extensive experience of providing legal advice relating to major regeneration & development projects. You will have excellent communication and IT skills, good commercial acumen and the ability to work effectively as part of a busy team of solicitors and legal assistants.

You will be confident in negotiating and drafting complex and high value agreements and handling high profile commercial matters. You will have the ability to work well under pressure and assist the Principal Lawyer to manage a busy workload to tight deadlines.

The successful candidate will have a positive, ‘can-do’ style of working whilst having the confidence to challenge the status quo and show tact, diplomacy, empathy and politically awareness with resilience, especially in dealing with competing and demanding pressures. Ultimately, you will demonstrate a commitment and enthusiasm to making a difference for residents, you will role model our values and will be an ambassador for the Council.

Please note, that in order to be considered for this position, you must be a qualified and practising barrister, solicitor, legal executive (Fellow) or equivalent (subject to or awaiting QLTS).

Principal Lawyer - Adults, Children and Education

In this role you will lead and manage a team of specialist Adult Social Care, Child Protection and Education lawyers ensuring the provision of professional legal advice, support and assistance to the Council, Senior Leaders, Members and partners.

We are looking for someone with excellent technical knowledge and extensive experience in the social care area of practice together with proven management ability. You will have excellent communication and IT skills and the ability to work and manage effectively as part of a busy legal team. You will be confident in handling complex cases, conducting advocacy and managing a team with a large caseload of court/tribunal proceedings and advice matters. You will have the ability to work well under pressure, to manage a busy workload to tight deadlines and to support the Head of Legal Services in ensuring an efficient and effective legal service is provided to the Council. Above all you will be looking to improve the way we engage with our employees/residents/customers to ensure they are at the heart of everything we do.

The successful candidate must be a qualified solicitor or barrister. This post is politically restricted.

We hope you will be inspired to want to join our team and help us turn our vison into reality. If you would like to learn a little more please contact our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution who will be very happy to tell you more about our exciting plans.