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Senior Lawyer Planning - London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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PO6 - £46,293 - 49,203

Job description

Benefits and Allowances

A market supplement of up to £5k is available for the successful candidate.

Our existing terms, conditions and benefits are currently under review

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 live, work, learn and do business.

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 assist our Planning Team in Legal Services, with a range of challenging and exciting capital projects. 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 work we undertake in-house. We have recently restructured our service to increase resilience, better align with the Council's functions and meet its changing needs, and are now looking for experienced and highly motivated professionals to join the team.

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

Key Responsibilities

You will be a Senior Lawyer within a team of lawyers dealing with a challenging and varied Planning and Regeneration caseload that includes complex planning enforcement and judicial reviews. In addition to the above areas, you will be able to demonstrate experience of dealing with planning inquiries, providing advice at planning committees, the negotiation/completion of complex S.106 and highways agreements and the provision of advice on general planning policy, CIL and development Management matters. You will have excellent drafting skills and the ability to provide legal advice to a variety of audiences, including senior officers. You will be able to conduct your caseload with minimum supervision, be able to work collaboratively with colleagues, and will be accustomed to working at pace in a busy team.


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

Test/interviews will take place on 27th January 2020

Recent applicants should not reapply

Additional Information

Contract Type
Working Arrangement
Full time
Vacancy Hours


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