Horsham District Council are looking for a Principal / Senior Planning Lawyer (one role – depending on experience) to join our dynamic Legal Services Department. Assisting the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, you will provide an efficient and economic legal service to the council in all matters pertaining to planning law and practice.
As a Principal / Senior Planning Lawyer - you will be one of our go-to experts in the area, you will manage your own caseload giving legal advice and assistance to the Council and its officers and this will include the drafting and negotiation of complex s106 agreements, nomination agreements and enforcement notices. You will also be required to draft, prepare, and comment on committee reports, policy documents and other briefing papers and to attend Planning Committees or other meetings, where you will provide prompt, clear and accurate advice in all areas as the Legal advisor. Clear written and verbal advice should be given to Members and client departments on the impact of legislation and codes of practice and local policies.
Depending on your role (please see career structure and career grading document) you will either head and supervise the Planning team as a Principal Lawyer with direct reports to you, or you will help train, develop, and supervise our more junior staff, as a Senior Lawyer.
To succeed as Principal / Senior Planning Lawyer you will be experienced in Local Authority Planning and be able to deal effectively with a range of people from different backgrounds using clear, concise, modern and authoritative communication skills. You will have a systematic approach to your work and the proven ability to prioritise and meet deadlines. Furthermore, you will be a confident IT user, someone who's committed to continuous professional development and who's able to communicate effectively with colleagues and be an excellent team player. You will also have proven drafting skills to enable you to produce clear and concise pleadings and documents. You will be admitted as a Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow Chartered Legal Executive.
For an informal discussion about this role please call Robert Baxendale, Legal Services Business Manager on 01403 215538
Horsham District Council encourages and supports their employees to have a healthy work life balance by supporting their professional development as well as offering 27 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata), a generous benefits package and an online platform offering discounts from online retailers. Staff are eligible to join a contributory pension scheme where the Council contributes circa 20% of pensionable salary. The Council also provides reimbursement for professional subscriptions and access to a car lease scheme. Most of our office-based roles have the potential for hybrid working, we are currently trialling a 50/50 home/office working model, subject to review.
If you would like to apply for the role, we highly recommend you show clearly within the ‘Experience Section’ of the application form how you meet the essential criteria detailed within the Role Profile when applying. If you do not make this clear, it is unlikely you will be shortlisted for interview. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible as we will interview as and when we receive applications and will only advertise this post until we find the right candidate.
Applicants invited for interview will be asked to complete Thomas’ Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) which provides a rapid and deep insight into behavioural preferences and communication style. Further information can be found at https://www.thomas.co/assessments/behavioural-assessments-tests
Suitable applicants will be contacted for interview on an ongoing basis, therefore the advert may close early.