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Lead Lawyer - Planning and Highways WMF1177e

Westmorland and Furness Council
£46,549 - £47,573
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

Local Government in Cumbria has changed. The current six district councils and Cumbria County Council have now been replaced by two new unitary authorities - Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council.

This role will be based in and employed by Westmorland and Furness Council

Why work for Westmorland and Furness Council

Westmorland and Furness Council will be an ambitious authority that will shape public services for the better, building on the best and transforming them for the future. We are committed to putting our customers and communities first, and to be the heart of everything we do.

About this opportunity

A great opportunity has arisen at Westmorland and Furness Council within our Legal Team for a Lead Lawyer to support on the Council’s planning and highways work.

To be a success in our Legal Team you will have experience as a Planning and Highways Lawyer and have a good working knowledge in:

  • Preparing for hearings and inquiries
  • Dealing with planning appeals
  • Leading on completion of S106 Agreements
  • Advising at Planning Committees
  • Highways and associated Agreements
  • Planning Enforcement

You will be a strong team player with a proven track record of delivering to deadlines, have effective communication skills and be able to use sound judgement to solve problems. You will be used to working in a busy pressurised environment and will enjoy a challenge. A commitment to delivering the best possible service for the benefit of our residents and clients, is required. You must have good IT literacy skills and an ability to use electronic publications for the purpose of legal work and research are critical.

Other duties will include dealing with a range of matter including providing advice to officers and elected members, attending Council Planning Committees and working groups as required.

What can we offer you!

  • Excellent training and development offers
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Boost your pension with Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contributions (facilitated by AVC Wise)
  • Various perks and discounts schemes, including money off your phone contract and local gyms
  • Competitive rates of pay

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