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Assistant Solicitor (Contracts and Commercial) - Liverpool City Council

Closing date

10/05/2021

Salary

£43857 - £48797 GBP year

Job description

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 35 Hours week

The Role

Liverpool has become the most exciting and rapidly evolving place to live and work in the North-West. This is reflected in the Council's City Solicitor's Office, which deals with a significant quantity of challenging and stimulating legal work.

The Council seeks an experienced lawyer with a background in commercial contracts, a can-do attitude and a desire to improve public services, to join its Contracts & Commercial team. The post holder will be required to deal with a significant and varied caseload including contracts for the provision of services or supplies, event and art agreements, as well as loan and grant agreements and associated legal documentation. Applicants should be familiar with the impact of public procurement law on public authorities, as well as the new subsidy control regime under the EU-UK TCA. Knowledge and experience of local government law and governance would be advantageous, but is not essential.

This is an opportunity to work in an exciting and forward thinking local authority as part of a dynamic and multi-disciplinary legal department during the implementation of change and improvement plans following the recent Best Value report on the Council. The work will be fast paced and highly varied in nature. These posts present an attractive and challenging opportunity for highly motivated individuals to bring their enthusiasm to the team and to build on their experience. We offer a generous annual leave entitlement, local government pension scheme, flexible working arrangements and a work environment which gives you the opportunity to use and develop your skills within a forward-thinking service.

A Solicitor, Barrister, or FCILEx, you will have excellent organisational, drafting, legal research and communication skills, be competent in using standard Microsoft Office applications, and be able to prioritise your work in a dynamic environment. You need to be flexible and innovative in your approach, helping us to support the Council's challenging aims and priorities for the City and its residents and the delivery of the City Plan. Experience of working in local government is desirable but not essential.

To discuss the above post please contact Roger Mann, Principal Solicitor on roger.mann@liverpool.gov.uk / 0151 233 0465.

Liverpool City Council is committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and believe that the decision to appoint should be based upon whether an individual's skills, experience, qualifications and abilities make them the most suitable candidate for the role. All applications for jobs in the service of the Authority will receive equal treatment irrespective of their race, gender, marital status, age, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

We will ensure that disabled applicants are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to Apply

Your application is made up of 2 parts, Application Form and Supporting Statement. Your supporting statement must evidence in no more than 1,500 words how you meet the essential criteria on the Person Specification, the essential criteria is marked with *, all other criteria are desirable.

Liverpool City Council use a scoring process for all applications received. You must address all of the essential criteria to be shortlisted for the post and you must score a minimum of 65%. Each essential criteria is scored from 0 to 3 the more you evidence the essential criteria the higher score you will receive i.e. giving clear examples. If you should score a 0 in any of the essential criteria you will not be shortlisted for interview. Therefore, it's important that you ensure that you justify how you meet each aspect of the criteria.

We operate an anonymous recruitment process therefore when you are writing your supporting statement it is important you do not include any information that can identify your race, gender, marital status, age, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, educational establishment or socioeconomic status.

If you have previously applied for a Liverpool City Council vacancy within the last twelve months and have created a CHP, you will enter your user ID and password. If you are applying online for the first time, we recommend you create and activate a homepage by entering the details as required. Alternatively, you can skip the login and go straight to the application form, there will be no option to save and return to this.

Finally, take time to check your application to ensure that all sections have been completed and there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes. A link to the job description and person specification can be found within the advert and these provide information about the job for which you are applying. Read these documents carefully and ensure that your application details the ways in which you meet the requirements of the role.

The equal opportunities form you provide will assist us in monitoring the effects of our equal opportunities policy in recruitment and selection and will help us to develop and improve.

If you require any reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010 such as the application form in a different format or additional time to complete your application, please contact the recruitment team on 0151 233 3003 or recruitment@liverpool.gov.uk

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Available documents

Reference

LCC02741

Contact

roger.mann@liverpool.gov.uk