Principal Property & Contracts Lawyer - South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council

  • Devon
  • Full Time
  • £41,324 - £45,750 per annum (Basic £37,568 - £41,591 per annum, plus a 10% market supplement)

Location: Remote Working/Tavistock/Totnes, Devon

Do you want to join us at an exciting time for Legal Services? Do you enjoy a challenge?  Do you like to make a difference? Do you want to work in a beautiful part of the Country for two forward-thinking shared authorities?

To support the Head of Legal & Monitoring Officer, we have created two smaller teams: a Regulatory Team and Property & Contracts Team and there are opportunities within each of these teams, in the following areas:

• Principal Regulatory & Governance Lawyer (Lead) to lead the Regulatory Arm
• Principal Property & Contracts Lawyer (Lead) to lead the Property Arm
• Principal Regulatory Lawyer 
• Principal Property Lawyer  
• Senior Regulatory Lawyers x 2 

We are offering opportunities to customer-focused individuals who welcome change and the challenge of delivering improvement. In return, we can offer flexible working in an environment where innovation, challenge and efficiency are key aspects.

Our Councils have adopted new, exciting, innovative and forward-looking corporate strategies setting out our visions and priorities for our unique areas.  Consequently, we have restructured and expanded our Legal Services Team to support the delivery of these priorities, creating new opportunities for those that are looking for a challenge in helping shape and enhance this new Legal Team.

The Principal Property & Contracts Lawyer (Lead) plays a key role within the Legal Services Team, and will manage the work and the team comprising the Property and Contracts lawyers.

The main responsibilities are to provide professional legal advice and support to the Councils’ Assets and Property Team. The Principal Property & Contracts Lawyer (Lead) leads the Property and Contracts lawyers on providing advice and support for acquisitions and disposals, leases, contracts and procurement, complex advice and including specific project work.

The Principal Property Lawyer (Lead) will act as the business partner for the Assets and Property Team by proactively engaging and collaborating with them about their business needs. 

The Principal Regulatory Lawyer (Lead) will be one of two deputy Monitoring Officers working with the Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer to respond to code of conduct complaints and other governance-related issues.

About us
West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils are shared authorities in a beautiful part of the country with exciting, innovative and forward-looking corporate strategies and delivery plans. We are offering opportunities to customer-focused individuals who welcome change and the challenge of delivering improvement. In return, we can offer flexible working in an environment where innovation, challenge and efficiency are key aspects.

For an informal discussion please contact David Fairbairn, Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer on 01803 861359 or david.fairbairn@swdevon.gov.uk

For further information and to apply please visit Principal Property & Contracts Lawyer (Lead) & Deputy Monitoring Officer (swdevon.gov.uk)

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Job Details

  • OrganisationSouth Hams West Devon Council
  • Work LocationDevon
  • Work Postcode


  • Reference

    SU050P/001


  • Occupational GroupLegal/Trading Standards


  • Salary Details

    £41,324 - £45,750 per annum (Basic £37,568 - £41,591 per annum, plus a 10% market supplement)


  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

    37 hours per week

  • Closing Date

    20/08/2022

  • DBS Check Required

    No