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Welcome from Ross Chambers (Legal Services Manager) and Phil Grafton (Head of Law and Governance)

Thank you for taking an interest in the roles of Team Leader and/or Lawyer in the new shared legal service for Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils.

Stratford-on-Avon already has a well-established, busy and professional in-house legal service providing proactive legal advice to officers and councillors on the full range of District Council functions. Stratford and Warwick are forming closer working relationships pending the potential merger of the two authorities to form one District Council for South Warwickshire. As part of this closer collaboration it has been agreed by both Councils to establish a shared legal team serving both authorities. The new legal service goes live on 1 April 2022 and we are carrying out significant recruitment to fully resource the new team.

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This presents an exciting and rare opportunity to be part of the first in-house legal service for South Warwickshire, providing the full range of District Council legal advice to our client officers and councillors. We are looking for talented, enthusiastic and proactive lawyers across a number of areas of expertise including planning, property, commercial contracts, licensing, housing and regulatory prosecutions. Both Councils are involved in exciting projects and will offer the opportunity to lead on challenging and rewarding legal work. These projects include:

  • The Councils collaborating on a new joint Local Plan for South Warwickshire;
  • Significant levels of growth, both housing and employment based, is forecast for Warwick District with corresponding infrastructure development of leisure services, parks and other essential community infrastructure;
  • Shared waste and multi-recycling facility contract work;
  • Newbold Comyn country park development, Leamington Spa;
  • Conveyancing and development in connection with the Warwick District Council housing stock;
  • Creative Quarter regeneration project, Leamington Spa;
  • Community Stadium project, Leamington Spa;
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Riverside project.

The legal team embraces flexible, agile working and also has the benefit of centrally located office accommodation in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa. If you are keen to be part of a friendly team carrying out interesting and challenging legal work for two progressive local authorities, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Welcome

Welcome from Ross Chambers and Phil Grafton

Thank you for taking an interest in the roles of Team Leader and/or Lawyer in the new shared legal service for Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils.

Stratford-on-Avon already has a well-established, busy and professional in-house legal service providing proactive legal advice to officers and councillors on the full range of District Council functions. Stratford and Warwick are forming closer working relationships pending the potential merger of the two authorities to form one District Council for South Warwickshire. As part of this closer collaboration it has been agreed by both Councils to establish a shared legal team serving both authorities. The new legal service goes live on 1 April 2022 and we are carrying out significant recruitment to fully resource the new team.

Read More

This presents an exciting and rare opportunity to be part of the first in-house legal service for South Warwickshire, providing the full range of District Council legal advice to our client officers and councillors. We are looking for talented, enthusiastic and proactive lawyers across a number of areas of expertise including planning, property, commercial contracts, licensing, housing and regulatory prosecutions. Both Councils are involved in exciting projects and will offer the opportunity to lead on challenging and rewarding legal work. These projects include:

  • The Councils collaborating on a new joint Local Plan for South Warwickshire;
  • Significant levels of growth, both housing and employment based, is forecast for Warwick District with corresponding infrastructure development of leisure services, parks and other essential community infrastructure;
  • Shared waste and multi-recycling facility contract work;
  • Newbold Comyn country park development, Leamington Spa;
  • Conveyancing and development in connection with the Warwick District Council housing stock;
  • Creative Quarter regeneration project, Leamington Spa;
  • Community Stadium project, Leamington Spa;
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Riverside project.

The legal team embraces flexible, agile working and also has the benefit of centrally located office accommodation in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa. If you are keen to be part of a friendly team carrying out interesting and challenging legal work for two progressive local authorities, we look forward to hearing from you.

About Stratford-upon-Avon 

Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in history and culture and we are very proud of our heritage. We welcome around 6.7million visitors and tourists to the district every year and our residents enjoy the thriving place they live and the services we deliver.  The last couple of years have been exciting for the Council as there has been a real acceleration in the delivery of what matters to our residents. 

The Council is committed to delivering its vision and will achieve this by focusing on the following key objectives:
  • Working on regional, national and international stages
  • Nurturing a thriving, innovative and inclusive economy
  • Responding to the climate emergency
  • Putting residents and communities centre stage
  • Become a more agile and resilient Council to deliver this

To find out more about Stratford-on-Avon District Council, please click here.

About Warwick District 

Our vision is “to make Warwick District a great place to live, work and visit, and be carbon neutral by 2030.” The Council’s Fit for the Future Strategy is designed to support and deliver its vision for the district split into three strands, people, service and money, and with the key aims:

  • Delivering high quality, effective and efficient services that customers value
  • Empowering and motivating our staff to influence and improve the services we provide
  • Delivering a balanced budget for the Council and meet future budget challenges
  • Working effectively with our partners to the benefit of our customers
  • Using our resources flexibly and to the maximum effect

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is Conservative run, with elected councillors from four political parties. Our £22m net revenue fund expenditure is funded by Council Tax £8.2m and Business Rates £3.7m. We are a focused, busy and forward-thinking workforce of 321 staff, committed to providing the best services we can to both our residents and visitors. We are successful as a result of having flexible, committed and enthusiastic staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile and have a ‘can-do’ work ethic.

The Council has 44 elected Councillors made up from five political groups. There is no overall control of the Council.  Our net revenue fund expenditure is just under £15m, funded mainly by Council Tax (£9.6m) and Business Rates (£4.5m). The current business rates regime, and changes expected from 2021/22, emphasise the importance of growth in the local economy. We are confident about the savings plans we have in place over the next 5 years from our Fit for the Future (FFF) programme. Across all services we employ around 500 staff and our organisation structure sets out our leadership portfolios. To find out more about Warwick District Council click here.

About Stratford-upon-Avon 

Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in history and culture and we are very proud of our heritage. We welcome around 6.7million visitors and tourists to the district every year and our residents enjoy the thriving place they live and the services we deliver.  The last couple of years have been exciting for the Council as there has been a real acceleration in the delivery of what matters to our residents. 

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is Conservative run, with elected councillors from four political parties. Our £22m net revenue fund expenditure is funded by Council Tax £8.2m and Business Rates £3.7m. We are a focused, busy and forward-thinking workforce of 321 staff, committed to providing the best services we can to both our residents and visitors. We are successful as a result of having flexible, committed and enthusiastic staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile and have a ‘can-do’ work ethic.

The Council is committed to delivering its vision and will achieve this by focusing on the following key objectives:
  • Working on regional, national and international stages
  • Nurturing a thriving, innovative and inclusive economy
  • Responding to the climate emergency
  • Putting residents and communities centre stage
  • Become a more agile and resilient Council to deliver this

To find out more about Stratford on Avon District Council, please click here.

About Warwick District 

Our vision is “to make Warwick District a great place to live, work and visit, and be carbon neutral by 2030.” The Council’s Fit for the Future Strategy is designed to support and deliver its vision for the district split into three strands, people, service and money, and with the key aims:

  • Delivering high quality, effective and efficient services that customers value
  • Empowering and motivating our staff to influence and improve the services we provide
  • Delivering a balanced budget for the Council and meet future budget challenges
  • Working effectively with our partners to the benefit of our customers
  • Using our resources flexibly and to the maximum effect

The Council has 44 elected Councillors made up from five political groups. There is no overall control of the Council.  Our net revenue fund expenditure is just under £15m, funded mainly by Council Tax (£9.6m) and Business Rates (£4.5m). The current business rates regime, and changes expected from 2021/22, emphasise the importance of growth in the local economy. We are confident about the savings plans we have in place over the next 5 years from our Fit for the Future (FFF) programme. Across all services we employ around 500 staff and our organisation structure sets out our leadership portfolios. To find out more about Warwick District Council click here.

Testimonials

Here’s what our colleagues say about working in our Legal Team:  

“This is a friendly team in a similarly friendly council.  There is a real can-do spirit and cooperative attitude.  I joined in July 2021 and was made to feel welcome from day 1.  The work is interesting and varied – and I mostly work remotely from the south-west, travelling to the offices only when necessary for work purposes.  The prospect of providing legal advice to Warwick District Council under a shared-services arrangement will provide further opportunities for all of us and I would encourage anyone with an interest in district council functions to consider applying.”

“I thoroughly enjoy my role at SDC, and being part of such a diverse, progressive and supportive legal team. SDC offers great opportunities to me as a legal adviser, not only to build on experience within familiar areas of law, but the chance to broaden my knowledge in new areas of local government legal practice. I have enjoyed the challenge of taking on work from different areas of law and I hope to continue building on this experience.”

“I like working in a small friendly team, the flexibility of working from home and the fact that the work is very interesting  – no two days are ever the same.”

About The Roles 

Lawyers – up to £43,857 (per annum)

Team Leader x2 – up to £47,839 (per annum)

Permanent Full Time (37 hours per week) 

Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are joining forces to create a new shared Legal Team for South Warwickshire providing a full range of legal services to both authorities.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council already has a busy and professional legal team and we are expanding from 1 April 2022 to provide legal services to neighbouring Warwick District Council.

We are seeking enthusiastic, adaptable and self-motivated Lawyers to provide solution focused and practical legal advice to officers and councillors of both authorities. You will specialise in one or more of the following areas of legal practice: planning; property; prosecutions; commercial contracts and procurement; housing; and licensing and regulatory. You will work in a supportive environment having your own varied caseload of legal work. You will be an integral part of the team advising senior officers and councillors on a number of high profile cases across both Councils.

 

We are also seeking two experienced Team Leaders reporting to the Legal Services Manager who will each manage a team of legal staff.

Local government experience is desirable but not essential provided you have an interest and commitment to local government work. We will accept applications from qualified solicitors, barristers and fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives.

How to Apply

For a confidential discussion about these roles, please contact Ross Chambers, Legal Services Manager, on 01789 260471 or email ross.chambers@stratford-dc.gov.uk

 

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Closing Date: – 5pm on Thursday 13th January 2022

Interviews will take place: W/C 24th January 2022