Head of Legal Services

62432.00 GBP Annual + with opportunity for progression to GBP71,172
30 Jun 2017
18 Jul 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Corporate Governance

Thanet District Council serves the beautiful coastal towns and villages in East Kent; including Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Minster, providing an array of services to over 127,000 residents.

Thanet is a great place to live and work. Our historic seaside towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs are rich in heritage and opportunity. With the multi-million pound Turner Contemporary Gallery, the fast speed rail link to London, and the popular Westwood Cross shopping centre - this is an exciting time to join Thanet District Council. We are determined to improve the quality of life for local people. We believe that by listening to local people, working in active partnership and by being prepared to do things in an innovative way we can accelerate improvement and best meet the challenges ahead.

All posts include generous annual leave, flexible working (some posts excluded), a 37 hour week, as well as access to the local government pension scheme.

It is our policy to reward personal contribution towards the organisation's success. Your performance will be reviewed annually and your pay award will be based on your performance rating.

Main Duties

We are looking for someone to manage our friendly legal team. As part of the role you will you will be managing a full and interesting workload of both complex and diverse matters. This includes providing support to the Monitoring Officer and to act as Deputy in their absence; leading the day to day running of the legal team; conducting and supervising the conduct of litigation and other contentious business on behalf of the Council; and providing timely and accurate legal advice.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make your mark at the core of a dynamic local council. If you want to develop your career, get involved in exciting projects and see your efforts result in real delivery on the ground, in a vibrant and beautiful part of the country, then we would love to hear from you.

Essential Requirements

You should be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with at least 3 years' PQE and a comprehensive understanding and current knowledge of relevant law and procedures relating to local government. Experience in litigation, planning and procurement would be beneficial.

The successful applicant will be able to provide visible and supportive leadership on a daily basis and have effective negotiating skills to protect the interests of the Council in negotiations with third parties and their legal advisers. In addition you will need to have good interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate with a variety of audiences and deal with high profile issues which may impact the Authority's reputation.

This post requires you to have a full driving licence and own transport or requires travelling to sites in a timely manner equivalent to motor travel in your own car. Due to the nature of the role, this is a politically restricted post.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Tim Howes on .

Closing Date: Monday 17 July 2017

Full job description, person specification and application forms are available on our website.