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Head of Legal and Governance
  • Employer: Elmbridge Borough Council
  • Reference: RES/21/168846
  • Published: Thu 14/10/2021, 13:25 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 22/11/2021, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week, Post holder must be able to attend evening meetings.
  • Salary: £ 70,435 to £78,486
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD, Surrey

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Head of Legal and Governance

We are looking for a Head of Legal and Governance to join our Leadership Team at Elmbridge Borough Council.

In this critical role within the Council, you will lead on Legal and Governance matters. While this is a key responsibility, it’s only part of a broader remit. Based right at the heart of the council, you will be the Council’s Monitoring Officer as well as being a source of legal expertise.

As our principal legal advisor, you will ensure both Councillors and senior managers are provided with first-class advice, while upholding high standards of governance. As the Council strives for continuous improvement and transforms and evolves, your expertise will help us shape our future direction and progress. 

A fresh look at our constitution

You will hold responsibility for Governance arrangements of the Council and its Committees. You will take a fresh look at our constitution ensuring modern practises and therefore you will have a solid understanding and practical experience of delivering in a Monitoring Officer role.

You will ensure that the Council performs its duties and functions in fulfilment of its statutory obligations, and you will be responsible for ensuring relevant compliance with the Constitution and the relevant Regulations.

With so much on the horizon, we need a confident, influential leader, an experienced Solicitor or Barrister who understands local authorities and can demonstrate the ability to lead teams that underpin the success and governance of the authority. You would have worked with officers and Councillors at a senior level demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, together with a strong political awareness.

You will demonstrate managerial leadership values and behavioural competencies, providing positive leadership, acting with openness, honesty and integrity, and instilling a clear sense of direction and pace.

About you

You will be:

  • A qualified Solicitor or Barrister
  • Experienced working within a Local Authority setting
  • Experienced managing a team (directly)
  • An experienced Monitoring Officer

About us

We know we ask a lot, but the good news is that we give a lot too.

  • Flexibility: We know the working world has changed and you will be able to work in a hybrid way.
  • Wellbeing: When you thrive Elmbridge thrives, which is why we have developed a strong and varied wellbeing programme for our employees.
  • The package: Not forgetting our excellent pension and discounts with various local businesses and free employee parking.


What else?

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please call Anne on 01372 474101 and she will coordinate that discussion.


Preliminary interviews:  week commencing 29 November 2021

Final interviews:  week commencing 6 December 2021