Principal Lawyer - Commercial

  • Employer: Lincolnshire County Council
  • Reference: RES19635
  • Published: Thu 14/09/2023, 12:36 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 16/10/2023, 23:50 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £54,649 - £59,952 + potential of supplement of up to 15% of the annual gross salary for a period of up to 2 years
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Principal Lawyer - Commercial

Ready for an exciting leadership role? Can you demonstrate good technical skills in the area of commercial law? Do you command the respect and trust of colleagues and clients? Are you a problem solver? If so, then we want you to lead our specialist Commercial and Information team.


This role offers the flexibility of hybrid working, with a minimum attendance at the office base in Lincoln on one day per week.

Legal Services Lincolnshire (LSL) is a shared legal service hosted by the county council, offering legal advice to the county council, to six of the county's district and borough councils as well as other public sector clients.  We are committed to delivering commercial law support to our clients’ major projects in-house and can provide a wide variety of challenging work in the areas such as IT contracts, construction and children’s and adult’s commissioning

We are looking for an enthusiastic leader for our Commercial and Information team who has a passion for local government legal work and for developing people.

The role

As the Principal Lawyer you will be expected to provide high quality, responsive and cost effective advice covering a range of contract and procurement matters. In addition, you will lead and supervise a team of eight legal staff including experts in information law and contribute to the management of LSL and the good governance of our council clients.

About you

You will be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive with at least 5 years PQE together with management experience who has a thorough understanding and working knowledge of a variety of commercial law areas.  Experience of public law work is desirable.

Our offer

This a professionally rewarding and fulfilling role.  We offer a competitive salary, generous holidays, ability to purchase additional leave, staff benefits scheme and access to our LGPS pension scheme.

We also seek to help you strike a healthy work/life balance.  We can provide flexibility between home and office working although this post does require office attendance on a weekly basis.

Lincolnshire is a great place to live and work. It has an impressive castle and Cathedral, with the medieval quarter being a great contrast to the lively and youthful feel of this University City. If you are looking for an opportunity to work in a beautiful city with a great team of experienced colleagues then please grasp this exciting opportunity and come and lead our Commercial and Information team.

Next steps

To discuss this great role please call Ruth Crouch on 07917 553770 or David Coleman on 07741 606143 for an informal chat as they are keen to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

Applications close on the 16th October with interviews scheduled to take place in person on the 27th October 2023.

Relocation expenses may be considered for this position. Please refer to the Policy guidance attached for further information.

An attraction supplement may be payable, subject to skill and experience, of up to 15% of the annual gross salary for a period of up to 2 years.





A Smarter Working Employer

We have embraced new ways of working and hybrid working will be a feature of this role. You will be given a nominated contractual work base and you will be required to commute to this work base when necessary.  Working arrangements regarding hybrid working will be discussed as part of the appointment process.

Our technology platform and equipment is very good enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We require that you have in place good connectivity, and we will discuss during the recruitment process if support with this is needed.


Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check.

All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for equal positions.

Lincolnshire 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.

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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