Senior Contracts and Property Lawyer

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    Full-time Flexible

  • Salary:

    £46294 - £50877 per annum

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    23 days ago

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Senior Contracts and Property Lawyer

You will join us as a Senior Contracts and Property Lawyer to provide legal services to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and their services, particularly contracts and procurement, commercial property related work, development and regeneration, local government law and corporate matters. You’ll also supervise other members of the contracts and property team within legal services as required.

Senior Contracts and Property Lawyer Responsibilities;

• Draft/approve contracts arising from all the councils’ functions, including construction, service, consultancy and IT contracts
• Advise on contracts and procurement legislation, procedures and documents, including EU procurement regulations and the councils’ contracts procedure rules
• Handle or work in partnership with external solicitors on major procurements and town centre redevelopment and other regeneration projects
• Handle the more complex acquisitions and disposals of land and property
• Handle all associated non-contentious work arising out of the councils’ property portfolios including leases, licences, deeds, notices, registration of land and compulsory purchase orders
• Draft/approve other agreements including grant and loan agreements and service level agreements
• Handle affordable housing development work, including funding and nominations agreements
• Draft/approve section 106 agreements/obligations and agreements under related legislation
• Handle other non-contentious work including byelaws, footpaths and highway matters
• Advise on a range of local government law issues, including governance arrangements for shared services, data protection and freedom of information
• Draft policies and procedures and deliver training to officers and councillors
• Advise formal council meetings and councillor/officer groups as necessary, including drafting and advising on reports
• Supervise contracts and property lawyer grade 6 on all property and contract casework
• Contribute to the development of new systems and initiatives in legal services

Senior Contracts and Property Lawyer Requirements;

• Able to demonstrate considerable experience of complex contract procurement and commercial property legal work
• Thorough up to date knowledge of contracts and procurement law and practice
• Thorough up to date knowledge of property law and practice
• Qualified as a solicitor or barrister or admitted as a chartered legal executive or equivalent qualification
• Hold a current practising certificate or equivalent
• Ability to handle complex contracts and property work with limited supervision
• Ability to supervise members of a small team of legal staff
• Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, email and time recording/case management systems to produce documents and correspondence and to record and track progress of work
• Ability and willingness to attend evening meetings managing staff at venues across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse

Your desirable skills, knowledge and experience;

• Able to demonstrate having conduct of complex high value commercial property and contract work and OJEU procurements
• Experience of local authority legal work
• Knowledge and experience of section 106 agreements
• Knowledge of other areas of local authority legal work
• Experience of supervising staff

About South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council:

The two councils have integrated services, however each still retains its own distinctive identity and, in certain key areas, offer different levels of service to their residents reflecting both corporate priorities and different financial bases.

The councils employ around 400 staff. This is a low number for district councils, particularly taking into account the size and population of the districts. We work with contractors to deliver some services.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and our annual gender pay gap report 2018/19 (69.2 KB) Word 2007 is illustrative of this. The councils understand the importance of work-life balance and offer flexible working, annualised hours and support staff training and development.

Salary: £46,294 to £50,877 per annum dependant on experience & qualifications

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire

Closing Date: 19 September 2020

Interview Dates: 22 and 23 September 2020

You may have experience or an interest in the following: Qualified Lawyer, Chartered Legal Executive, Contract Law, Property Law, Property Lawyer, Practice Law, Local Government, Qualified Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Counsel, etc.

Ref: 94045