• Employer: Halton Borough Council
  • Salary: £44,428 - £47,720 Plus a market supplement up to £5k (pay award pending)
  • Location: Halton Borough Council
  • Contract: Contract
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Closing Date: 07/07/2024 at 23:59
  • Reference: CEX/24/280805

Make a huge impact in Halton!

The Council has ambitious plans to deliver a local plan that provides a platform for future generations. To achieve this at pace, there is an organisational commitment to build operational capacity across a number of service areas.

As a result, we have a range of exciting career opportunities in roles that will directly contribute to the growth and development of our local area.

By taking on one of these roles, you’ll be at the centre of the action – revitalising neighbourhoods, developing new public spaces, delivering on our sustainability priorities, and improving infrastructure.

For more information about these roles please visit our webpage

 About the role / service

Solicitor - fixed term for 18 months

This is a fantastic opportunity for a planning solicitor wanting to be involved in complex and interesting planning matters and to gain experience to progress their local government careers given the level of member contact.  

You will play an instrumental role in delivering the Council’s local plan by providing strategic planning and highways advice. You will work closely with both the planning and highways departments and act as the legal advisor to the Development Management Committee which meets on a monthly basis.

About you

 We are looking for a qualified Solicitor (or equivalent) with experience of providing planning and highways advice. In particular, on:- 

  • Planning applications;
  • Section 106 agreements;
  • Certificates of lawful use;
  • Planning enforcement;
  • Advising planning committee;
  • Highway matters.

 You will be confident in negotiating and drafting complex and high value agreements, working well under pressure and to tight deadlines. You will also be solution focused.

 Working at Halton

All our colleagues at Halton have made a positive commitment to delivering great outcomes for our communities. In addition to working with a great team, you will have access to a fantastic range of benefits, including;

  • A generous leave package of 26 days annual leave + Bank Holidays (Increasing after 5 years’ service)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Investment in your personal development
  • Free car parking at HBC sites
  • Access to a range of discount schemes
  • Access to a car leasing scheme

We are actively reviewing applications and keen to invite shortlisted candidates for interview prior to the advert closing. If a suitable candidate is appointed, the role may close early, therefore please do not hesitate to submit your application!

 For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Elizabeth Wilson-Lagan (Group Solicitor) on 0151 511 6535.

At Halton Borough Council we want to ensure that our communities are represented across our workforce and a vital part of this is to encourage diversity in all respects. We are committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and tailored to best suit the needs and strength of the individual. This includes making adjustments for people with a disability, neurodiversity or with long-term health conditions. If you require accommodations, please reach out during the recruitment process so that we can make this the best possible experience for you –


How to apply

To apply for this role, you should upload your CV and provide a supporting statement of no more than 4 pages via the Apply link below.

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