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Principal Lawyer (Property)

15 January 2024 | Category

Location – Shefford, Northampton or Huntingdon (although travel to other offices may be required)

Contract Type – Permanent – Full Time (37 hours) (Part Time considered minimum 30 hours)

Salary Range – £57,750 – £72,059 DOE

You will lead on complex regeneration/development projects, manage and support a small team of lawyers and be a ‘go to’ person for both colleagues and clients.  The Commercial Property team deals with the re-development of school sites, disposals of land surplus to requirements, acquisitions of land for mixed use development schemes (including social housing provision) and land acquisitions for major Highways Schemes.   We also deal with industrial estate management work (new leases, lease renewals, assignments etc.), transfers of land pursuant to s106 Agreements (for educational use or public open space), title investigations and the granting of easements/wayleaves/licences etc. The work is excellent quality – varied, complex and interesting!  You would have responsibility for managing a small team of lawyers and paralegals, undertaking regular supervision meetings with your team and supporting any training needs.  We are looking for a lawyer who is driven, pro-active, organised, able to attend the office two days a week to support junior members of the team and who has a friendly, positive attitude.

“The ability to engage with complex and challenging problems and help clients to find solutions”.

MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Provide legal advice and services to client organisations in the areas of commercial property matter and other corporate or constitutional and administrative matters to ensure compliance with statutory duties and obligations and to protect the best interests of the client organisations.
  • Provide high quality, innovative, well researched and comprehensive specialist legal advice to clients (including elected members and senior officers), managing a complex caseload and delivering advice within the timescales required by the client.
  • Act as a source of legal advice and support to any of the client Councils’ Committees and Directorates as directed.
  • To represent clients in negotiations and discussions with third parties in commercial property matters.
  • Instruct and manage suppliers of external legal services such as solicitors and barristers in accordance with the requirements of each client.
  • Lead, direct, develop and improve the service to client organisations, predominately in the area of commercial property, to ensure the provision of an excellent standard of client care and value for money.
  • Act as a legal advisor to client organisations to ensure compliance with statutory duties and obligations and to protect the best interests of the client organisations.
  • Actively seek out new business development opportunities and to raise the profile of Pathfinder Legal Services with both our existing client base and potential new clients.
  • Build highly effective working relationships with clients to ensure that Pathfinder Legal Services delivers a seamless and client focussed service to all its clients.
  • Liaise with client managers to ensure that the legal service provided to them meets their needs and is focused on delivering high quality legal services, customer care and service improvements.
  • Develop effective partnerships, networks and joint working arrangements to ensure the most effective provision of Legal Services to meet the needs and aspirations of clients.
  • Where required, provide training to clients in specialist areas of law.
  • Ensure the effective identification and management of risks associated with the relevant areas of legal practice.
  • Develop and provide legal input into training courses, briefing notes and legal clinic/surgeries for a range of professional clients including to reduce the directorates need for legal services and to increase their self-sufficiency.
  • Manage the activities of the team to include performance, caseloads and productivity, motivation and development, recruitment and selection and appraisals.
  • Supervise other members of the team in a line management capacity. To provide overall management of the teams complex and politically sensitive case load to ensure the provision of high quality, well researched and comprehensive legal advice within the timescales required by the client.
  • Provide supervision and manage the work of the team to ensure that professional guidance is given, that expertise is employed and work is allocated appropriately within the team.
  • Contribute to the development, training or mentoring of colleagues where required.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of equal opportunities, other people’s behaviour and their physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken for the health and safety of the team, including compliance with health and safety policy and procedure and to maintain good employment relations within your team.
  • Provide cover and support, including in times of absence, to other Principal Lawyers based within the wider Property, Planning and Highways team.
  • Deputise for the Head of Property, Planning and Highways where required.
  • Support the Pathfinder Legal Services Leadership Team in building and maintaining effective working relationships with clients to ensure the delivery of a seamless and client focussed service.
  • Support the Pathfinder Legal Services Leadership Team by complying with all Legal Services’ practice management requirements including time recording, billing, Lexcel and other accreditation schemes, and compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Support the Pathfinder Legal Services Leadership team and other colleagues in contributing to the overall management of the team including staff performance, financial and practice management. This includes ensuring the effective use of the ICT systems and working in accordance with the standards set out in the team’s Lexcel manual and policies and procedures.
  • Support the Pathfinder Legal Services Leadership Team in developing and maintaining effective partnerships, networks and joint working arrangements to ensure the most effective provision of Legal Services to meet the needs and aspirations of clients.
  • Carry out other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of the job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
  • To act as an authorised signatory for an appropriate shareholder client.
  • To buddy, train and support colleagues.

For a copy of the Full Job Description. please click here.

Pathfinder Legal Benefits

  • Local Government Pensions Scheme – considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates.
  • Flexible working arrangements – we offer flexible hours and hybrid working which allows for remote working but we also require regular office attendance with the aim to give everyone a balanced work/life ratio.
  • Family Friendly policies including excellent Maternity, Paternity and Adoption entitlements.
  • An exceptional Employee Assistance Program which helps supports employees with workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues.
  • A generous minimum annual leave entitlement of 26 days, rising on 5 and 10 years service, plus public holidays. With the option to purchase more annual leave.

To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the Person Specification to recruitment@pathfinderlegal.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Until Filled

Interviews for this role will take place as applications are processed.

Number of vacancies for the role: 1

For a copy of the full Job Description and Person Specification and details of our other vacancies, please visit our website www.pathfinderlegal.co.uk/careers.

PLEASE NOTE: we will only accept applications where a supporting covering letter showing how you meet the person specification and a CV is submitted.

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