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"Knowing that the work I do contributes towards improving the lives of Peterborough residents is a real driver for me. Work isn’t just about coming into the office to do the 9 to 5, it’s about wanting to make a real difference. The commitment of my colleagues in working to achieve that goal means there’s always support when you need it and a great team spirit."

Claire M, Children's Services

Assistant Lawyer to Lawyer - various roles

Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Hours:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
24/02/2020 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House, Peterborough
£31,371 - £46,573
Weekly Hours:
Vacancy ID:

Job details 

Closing date:
24 Feb

Further information

Do you want to be part of a forward thinking, innovative, dynamic legal team with a reputation for excellent service delivery?

Due to the continued exciting and dynamic growth in our City, we have a number of vacancies within our Legal Department for qualified Lawyers with various specialisms, and we are looking for experienced, enthusiastic and innovative people to join us on our journey.
Peterborough City Council is a unique and high performing local authority and our staff are at the centre of our success.
Our City is a thriving, regional centre for commerce, transport and leisure. Peterborough is home to approximately 200,000 people and a significant number of local businesses. We are a council central to the success of Peterborough, welcoming hundreds of commuters and visitors each day. It is our job not only to meet but also exceed, the needs of different communities within the city.
We work individually and together to ensure we deliver excellent services for the public. Our ambition is to create a bigger and better Peterborough through sustainable development and growth so that every neighbourhood remains a great place to live, work and visit.

The growth of our City

Peterborough is enjoying a period of regeneration and growth - we are the 5th fastest growing City in the UK– we have ongoing significant development projects bringing new housing to the City, major redevelopment of existing buildings and construction of new sites in and around the City Centre. We have a thriving, exciting and varied leisure culture, including cinemas, theatres, retail opportunities and great restaurants and coffee shops in the centre, where we have created a real café culture with outside seating areas and pedestrianised streets.

Our Legal Team:-

The Legal Department at Peterborough City Council is a 48 officer strong team comprised of four sections:- Planning & Property, Commercial Contract & Procurement, Child Protection and Litigation.
The team is made up of lawyers and legal officers and has administrative support to ensure efficient delivery of service. We serve not only our own internal PCC client departments, with a range of support across the various service areas, but we also provide external legal support to other Local Authorities.
In August 2018, we re-located from our historical home at the Town Hall in the City Centre, to Sand Martin House, which is a brand new, purpose-built Headquarters situated in the heart of the newly redeveloped embankment area, Fletton Quays, which offers residential accommodation, retail units, office space and hotels amidst beautiful landscaped and open public areas. Our offices offer an amazing, modern space to work, alongside our policy of agile working which allows maximum flexibility within a role to officers thus affording a better work-life balance, something we are all striving for in our modern working lives.
For those considering a commute, Peterborough is 50 minutes by train from London, and we have excellent access to the A1 making us a viable option to travel to work with great transport links.
There is ample parking in and around our offices for those who require it, and easy access to the City Centre, which is just a 5 minute walk away. We are situated on the embankment of the River Nene which offers a scenic and open environment to enjoy immediately outside the office building. If you are looking for a new challenge, and possibly a new location to work within, Peterborough has plenty to offer.

Our Vacancies:-

We have vacancies across our legal team for 6 lawyers:-
Grade 13 Planning Lawyer (£42683 - £46573)
Grade 13 Property Lawyers x 2 (£42683 - £46573)
Grade 13 Litigation lawyer (competent in both civil and criminal practice) (£42683 - £46573)
Grade 12 Contract/Procurement Lawyer (£38813 - £42683)
Grade 10 Assistant Property Lawyer. (£31371 - £34788)

We are looking for qualified lawyers (Barristers, Solicitors or Legal Executives) with at least two years PQE who either have experience of working in a Local Authority or similar environment, or who can adapt current skillsets to move into the public sector.

Grade 13 Litigation Lawyer:-
The Litigation Team are seeking a lawyer who is proficient in providing advice and representation in both civil and criminal matters. Whilst currently there is a civil emphasis, due to the varied and evolving nature of the role the successful applicant will also carry a criminal caseload and experience in both the County and Magistrates Court is therefore desirable. We are a medium sized team which at capacity comprises, alongside the senior lawyer; 2 litigation lawyers, 2 assistant lawyers and 1 legal officer. Our instructions can include anything from debt recovery to complex trading standards cases gaining national recognition. We are therefore looking for an ambitious individual with a proven track record as an advocate who is looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to share and further enhance their existing skill-set in a supportive and progressive environment.

Grade 10 Property Lawyer, Grade 13 Planning Lawyer and Grade 13 Property Lawyers x 2

Property and Planning comprises of a technically strong and experienced team which is essential to maintaining Peterborough’s status as the 5th fastest growing city on the UK. Candidates will be involved from simple Landlord and Tenant matters up to complex development agreements and therefore variety is guaranteed. We are looking for a minimum of 2 years PQE for the grade 10 Property Lawyer role, and a minimum of 5 years PQE for the Grade 13 roles in Property and Planning. We are a tight knit team which works together in a collaborative manner.
There is plenty of opportunity to progress through the ranks for the right candidates – so if you have had any experience in property and planning and have moved to a new department or even in-house in a separate sector, we will consider the CVs on the proviso that there is a genuine interest to returning to work in property and planning environment.

Grade 12 Contracts/Procurement Lawyer

The Commercial contracts team have a vacancy for a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with commercial contract work and preferably has knowledge and experience of dealing with procurement projects in a Local Authority, or similar setting. The team comprises of a Senior Lawyer, 5 lawyers and two legal officers. This is a wide and varied role and the candidate will be able to work in an efficient and proactive way, looking to provide advice and support to internal client departments across the Council, and in addition, to other Local Authorities for whom we provide a service. Work areas include, contract drafting and variations, including GDPR variations, Academy Conversions, support in relation to major development projects, governance matters, advice in relation to shared services agreements, procurement projects and various ad hoc day to day requests for advice.

We are offering competitive salaries with the added benefits of agile working and flexi time, an employee assistance programme, discounted parking permits and a generous annual leave allowance.

We look forward to hearing from you!
The Legal Team, Peterborough City Council

Interview dates: w/c 2nd March 2020

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