transforming legal services in the public sector

Senior Lawyer (Planning)

25 September 2023 | 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 – £49,500 – £56,750 DOE


  • To act as a legal advisor to the client organisations in planning, large scale development and highways 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.
  • Advising and negotiating on projects involving multiple agencies and client interests, including the third sector and charitable organisations.
  • Act as a source of legal advice and support to any of the client Committees and Directorates as directed to cover the absence of colleagues.
  • To represent clients in negotiations and discussions with third parties in matters regarding the areas of legal practice relevant to the post.
  • To support the Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd Leadership team in building and maintaining effective working relationships with clients to ensure the delivery of a seamless and client focussed service.
  • To promote Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd and to identify further areas of development to both existing and potential work streams.
  • To support the Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd Leadership team by complying with all of Pathfinder Legal Services’ practice management requirements including time recording and billing, SRA Compliance, Lexcel and other accreditation schemes.
  • To support the Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd 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.
  • To contribute to the development, training or mentoring of colleagues where required.
  • To supervise other members of the team in a line management capacity where required.
  • To deputise for the Head of Service where required.
  • Develop, provide legal input and deliver training courses to relevant persons to increase the client’s awareness of relevant legal issues and to increase their self-sufficiency.
  • To carry out such other legal work and other tasks as required by the Director of Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd, Heads of Service or Principal Lawyer from time to time including work within other unrelated legal fields.
  • 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 25 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

Closing date for applications: Until Filled 

Interviews for this role will take place as we receive applications

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

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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