Role: Legal Manager
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
Duration: 6 months+
Rate: £500 per day
My local authority client are looking to appoint a Legal Manager to join their Law and Governance department for initially a six month temporary contract with possible extension. A day rate of £500 per day is offered.
The successful applicant will be capable of deputizing for the Head of Service and representing the Head of Law and Governance at the executive board, committees and other high profile meetings.
You will be required to represent the council before the courts, tribunals and public enquiries; as well as leading and developing the team, providing legal advice and regularly reviewing and updating systems and procedures to ensure best practise and efficient working behaviours.
You will also be required to deputise as a monitoring Officer, and undertake the company secretary function on behalf the authority’s companies.
To undertake legal work for the Council at an appropriate level including Contracts and Commercial law
Deputy Monitoring Officer
Company secretary function on behalf of the authority’s companies
Role responsibilities and main duties
1. To act as or perform in an efficient and effective manner the duties of a Solicitor/Barrister to the Council in any area of work allocated to the post holder and to manage work teams specialising in one or more area of expertise.
2. Liaising effectively with the Head of Law and Governance and the other Business Units in relation to all work of the Teams with implications for the work of other members of the Section engaged on legal work.
3. Overall management of the allocated Teams within the Business Unit, ensuring that all work allocated to the Teams is carried out effectively, expeditiously and accurately
4. Deputising for the Head of Law and Governance and Monitoring Officer as and when required.
5. Representing the Head of Law and Governance at the Executive Board, Committees, Sub-Committees, Working Parties, public meetings and Officer Working Groups including meetings with Client as appropriate and the legal and administrative work connected with or arising from these, including, where necessary, preparation of written reports.
6. Attending the Law and Governance Management Team and other manager’s meetings.
7. Holding regular Team meetings and reporting to the Head of Law and Governance.
8. Advising and assisting the Head of Law and Governance on the legal budget process and business planning.
9. Undertaking special projects and other duties allocated by the Head of Law and Governance commensurate with the grade of the post.
10. To keep the Head of Law and Governance informed of matters, which are critical, politically sensitive, or generally high profile.
11. Consideration and exploiting the scope for the introduction and developments of further computer software within the Teams to streamline working methods and making recommendations to the Head of Law and Governance for the acquisition of computer equipment where necessary.
12. Contributing to the management and operation of the Law and Governance Service Area, including:
a. Liaising effectively with the Head of Law and Governance, other professional and support staff, Councillors and other Service Areas;
b. Attending, providing legal advice and assistance to and preparing reports for officer and member level meetings of the Council and outside bodies;
c. Representing the Council before the Courts, tribunals and public enquiries;
d. Contributing to corporate and professional schemes and procedures for the areas of work for which the post holder is responsible;
e. Regularly reviewing and updating systems and procedures for the areas of work for which the post holder is responsible.
f. Undertaking day to day management of the teams and individuals
13. Perform any other related duties, appropriate to the grade of the post, which may arise from time to time.
14. Participating in corporate and professional initiatives, schemes and training.
1. Qualified solicitor or barrister or fellow of the institute of legal executives or eligible to be admitted as a fellow
2. Significant post qualification experience as a practicing lawyer working in a legal environment within or on behalf of local authorities
3. Proven supervisory & mentoring skills
4. Excellent communication skills
5. Ability to review, develop, improve and implement new ways of working
6. Proven ability to deal with legal issues and experience of leading and managing other lawyers across a range of legal disciplines and specialisms
7. Previous experience of budget process and business planning
8. Significant experience of dealing with legal and governance issues within local government at a senior level
9. Able to mentor and coach senior managers
10. Experience or understanding of company secretarial role
11. Evidence of extensive continual professional development and implementation of learning
1. Experience of leading and delivering significant change and business development initiatives, including people and cultural change
2. Experience of developing governance structures, strategies and policies in relation to Legal and Democratic Services
3. Law Society Diploma in LG Law and Practice
4. Management qualification
Must be able to start within four weeks following offer.
Deekay contact: Michael Wilde - 0161 747 1234