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

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • £41,324 - £45,750 (basic £37,568 - £41,591 plus a 10% market supplement)

Business Unit: Governance & Assurance

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 (x2).

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 main responsibilities are to provide professional legal advice and support to the Councils’ Assets and Property Team. The Principal Property Lawyer is responsible for supporting the Property and Contracts lawyers in providing advice and support for acquisitions and disposals, leases, contracts and procurement, complex advice and including specific project work. This role supports the Principal Property Lawyer (Lead) as business partner for the Assets and Property Team by proactively engaging and collaborating with them about their business needs.

The Principal Property Lawyer may be required to support the two deputy Monitoring Officers and 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.

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Job Details

  • OrganisationSouth Hams West Devon Council
  • Work LocationWest DevonSouth HamsDevon
  • Work Postcode

    Remote Working / Tavistock / Totnes, Devon


  • Reference

    SU050P


  • Occupational GroupLegal/Trading Standards


  • Salary Details

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


  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

    37 hours per week

  • Closing Date

    09/07/2022

  • DBS Check Required

    No