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Principal Solicitor - Melton Borough Council

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Up to £44,687 (including additional increments for Deputy Monitoring Officer duties)

Job description

With a new Chief Executive and Management Team in place, Melton Borough Council is facing the future with renewed vigor and confidence.

As one of the smaller borough councils, Melton has always punched above its weight, and we are ambitious to further enhance the quality of life for everyone in the borough and create sustainable, prosperous and vibrant communities.

Following a review of the legal service, we are now looking to appoint a new Principal Solicitor to help drive forward the work of the newly formed Legal and Democratic Directorate and play a lead role in developing the Council's commercial and place shaping aspirations.

In this new role, you will develop the legal function as it changes from an external shared service to an in house service while supporting the council in its aspiration to modernise and improve decision making, creating a more dynamic and positive governance structure.

This is an exciting time for you to join us and develop your career across a broad spectrum of work. Supporting the newly appointed Director for Legal and Democratic Services in the leadership of a new legal team, you will take on the role of Deputy Monitoring Officer providing expert advice to Parish Councils, Officers and Councillors on a wide range of matters. With GDPR legislation impacting on day to day activities of a local authority you will be the main point of contact on issues and matters ensuring corporate compliance.

We are looking for a someone who takes a pragmatic and solution focused approach who can develop and lead a new team while providing an excellent quality legal service across the full range of local authority services.

Ideally you will have extensive local government experience and knowledge that will support our aspirations to modernise and become a more commercial council.

Melton resides in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. Its town centre Melton Mowbray, is a quintessential English market town built on a strong tradition of farming. Renowned for its fine food and drink, the borough has become the centre of excellence for local food producers. The town itself is steeped in history and together with the surrounding area has much to offer all those that choose to live, work or visit here.

At Melton Council, we are firmly committed to promoting a vibrant and sustainable economy, focused on growth and prosperity. Working for us, you will find a great sense of community in which we work together towards achieving the council's shared objectives and which ensures our customers are at the heart of everything we do. You'll also enjoy an excellent range of benefits and family friendly working policies. These include flexi time with no core hours, agile working arrangements which enables multi-site and home working, generous leave entitlement, a full week off at Christmas, Local Authority Pension Scheme and a clear commitment to your continued professional development.

View the job description and person specification for the role.

Please apply using the electronic application form on the website available here

Contact Sarah Jane O`Connor for more information,