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Principal Lawyer (Planning) - London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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LPO8 - £62,565 - £65,709

Job description

Contract Type - Permanent
Working Arrangement - Full time
Vacancy Hours - 35

Role Purpose

A vibrant and diverse borough, from the soaring heights of Canary Wharf to the bustling street market on Petticoat Lane, Tower Hamlets is home to some of London's most recognisable street scenes. This vibrant borough is also one of London's most diverse: a proud melting pot of cultures and traditions that makes Tower Hamlets such a unique place to work and develop your skills with good quality experience.

Based in East London, with excellent transport links and in close proximity to Canary Wharf, our borough is a fascinating place to work. In addition to possessing a rich history and heritage, we have a strong corporate commitment to excellence and progress, with service to the community at the heart of everything we do.

We are looking for a technical expert to lead our Planning Team in Legal Services on a range of challenging and exciting capital projects and development schemes. You will deliver high quality legal services in respect of planning matters and make a key contribution to achieving the borough's objectives.

It is an exciting time in Tower Hamlets and a great opportunity to join the Council and help shape its future. Tower Hamlets has an established Lexcel accredited Legal Team that provides services to the Council across the full range of its functions. We strive to provide excellent services and pride ourselves on the exciting variety of high quality work that we undertake in-house. We have recently restructured our service to increase resilience, better align with the Council's functions, and are now looking for highly competent, enthusiastic and motivated professionals to join the team.

Flexible working is available including working from home for part of the working week following a settling in period.

Key Responsibilities

You will be the lead Planning Lawyer and will deal with some high profile and transformational projects, reporting to the Head of Contracts and Commercial. You will manage a busy team of Lawyers and be the expert responsible for the provision of high quality solution focussed services to internal and external clients.

You will also be able to work collaboratively and demonstrate significant, recent, local government experience in the area of planning law.

This post is politically restricted in accordance with Section 2 of the Local Government & Housing Act 1989.


You must be a Qualified Solicitor/Barrister or Fellow of CILEX with significant relevant PQE and hold a practising certificate.

Benefits and Allowances

Our existing terms, conditions and benefits are currently under review

Additional Information


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More information relating to the position

Principal Lawyer - Planning (V2) Oct 2019.docx