Solicitor

Aberdeen City Council
Posted

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • £35,594 to £40,712 per annum, G14
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: ABC05069

Job Description

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Location: Marischal College
Duration: Full time, Fixed term up to 6 months

Aberdeen City Council has modernised the way it delivers its in-house legal service which
provides legal and commercial advice to the Council and some public sector partners. Aberdeen City Council is one of Scotland’s largest councils and is at the heart of some of Scotland’s most exciting projects.

We currently have an opportunity for a suitably qualified Solicitor to join our ambitious and progressive Service which aims to deliver a ‘right first time’ and solution-focused legal service, working with its clients to innovate, modernise and transform the way that Legal Services does business.

We have a fixed term (6 months) full-time vacancy for a solicitor in our Governance Team which provides legal advice and assistance on a wide variety of matters including general local authority governance, data protection, Freedom of Information, trusts, pensions, surveillance and integration of health and social care.

The successful applicant must hold a current unrestricted practicing certificate from the Law Society of Scotland at the date of commencement of employment with the Council.

Aberdeen City Council also offers favourable terms and conditions including flexible working and salary sacrifice schemes.

Job Purpose:
To provide a professional legal advice and representation service to the Council, and other organisations as authorised by the Council, as directed by the Team Leader.

To provide a customer and solution focused service based on the principles of continuous improvement, professionalism, integrity and best value.

To represent the Council’s interests in legal matters to a high professional standard.

Requirements

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland holding a current unrestricted practicing certificate from the Law Society of Scotland at the date of commencement of employment with the Council.
An up-to-date knowledge of at least two of the areas of law covered by the Governance Team.

Responsibilities

The post holder is expected to demonstrate:

Provision of clear, succinct and commercially-focused advice and support to clients
Active representation of the Council’s interests in legal matters to a high professional standard and in a manner which is flexible, accessible, approachable and solutions-focused
A business partner approach to clients fostering a customer and solutions-focused approach to the delivery of legal services
Effective building and maintenance of successful working relationships with internal and external partners to secure best value and to provide outstanding service.
Critical analysis and evaluation of information, data and situations to assist in problem solving and the provision of solution-focused advice including the
management of risk
Effective communication skills, both oral and written, to influence and resolve a wide range of legal issues of varying complexity
Effective Team work and working on their own initiative.
Effective and appropriate prioritisation of work to meet tight deadlines.
Proficiency in analytical, research, investigative and drafting skills
Adaptability to the changing priorities and working practices of the Service and the Council as a whole

The Individual

Please see the Job Profile for further details.

Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk

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