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Job Introduction

We have a great opportunity for a Lawyer to join as a key member of our growing and collaborative in-house legal team, specialising in Property and Housing.

In your role as Property Lawyer, you will be one of the city council’s legal experts in one or more core areas of property legal work dealt with by Legal Services.

You’ll assist the city council on many of our commercial projects including the acquisitions and disposals of land, regeneration and other development projects.

You’ll ideally have two years post qualification experience as a Solicitor/ Barrister/ Legal Executive.

Role Responsibilities
• Manage a caseload of medium and occasionally high-level matters ensuring all work is both of a high quality and delivered in a timely manner.
• Accountable with the Senior and Principal Lawyer for the delivery of key performance targets for the team.
• Establish and maintain client relationships through understanding their business needs and objectives.
• Provide... legal guidance and advice to the client departments where required.
• Demonstrate a personal commitment to the city council's values.
• Assist in supervising the advice and casework of trainees and paralegals within the team.

Ideal Candidate
• Qualified Solicitor or Barrister (Supreme Court of England and Wales/English bar) English Bar or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives or equivalent relevant qualification with relevant experience.
• Experience of relevant legislation including relevant local government law.
• A team player who can work collaboratively to achieve shared goals.
• Ability to research complex areas of land law and present them in clear and understandable terms to clients.
• Ability to negotiate and take action to represent and protect the interests, desires and good governance of the city council.
• Ability to identify and evaluate risks systematically, communicating information to enable appropriate and timely action; recognising situations where risk may be justifiable.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference.

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:
• Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years. In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
• Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
• A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
• Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
• Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week. Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances
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