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Head of Legal and Democratic Services
  • Employer: East Hertfordshire District Council
  • Reference: EHERT/19/111126
  • Published: Fri 04/10/2019, 12:00 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 21/10/2019, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: Salary £72,803 to £83,530 (inclusive of local weighting and Statutory Monitoring Officer payment of £10,000pa)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

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Head of Legal and Democratic Services

East Herts is a small council with big ambition.  Our leader was recently given a special mention in the LGiU’s ‘Leader of the Year’ awards - and she sets the bar high.  We have an ambitious programme of delivery, both day-to-day services and large scale capital and transformation projects. Major town centre regeneration, new leisure centres/theatres, revitalised parks, digital working, green travel…. to name but a few.  Communities are at the heart of what we do, and our councillors are at the forefront of ensuring we deliver for residents and businesses in the district.

In the last few years, we have developed as an organisation, creating a council where all colleagues are valued and respected.  Our leadership team is well established, highly motivated, and innovative.  We’re not afraid to take risks and try new things.  If they don’t work, we put that down to experience.  We’re now looking for someone to help us take our council further.

 We are looking for a qualified legal professional who is keen to support us in grappling complex legal issues across a range of services and new ventures including setting up new companies, property investment and major town-centre regeneration.  As the council’s Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal and Democratic services teams, you will play a significant role in leading improvement in the council’s constitutional and decision-making processes, providing expert advice and supporting councillors and colleagues, and challenging the status quo. You will be an innovative thinker, a strong leader who can work at pace.  We are an ambitious council with a seriously ‘can-do’ attitude! 



  • A stimulating and supportive work environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee wellbeing programme
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • 28 days annual leave rising to 33 days with 5 years’ local government service
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team


As part of our Green Travel agenda, we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare and our own Car Sharing scheme.

Salary £72,803 to £83,530 (inclusive of local weighting and Statutory Monitoring Officer payment of £10,000pa).


How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Richard Cassidy, Chief Executive on 01992 531410 or Helen Standen, Deputy Chief Executive on 01992 531405

 Full details, including the job description and person specification, and how to apply can be found on our website:


Closing date:  21 October 2019

Interviews and assessment centre to be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019

 If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.

 If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

 EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, religious belief, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.