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Senior Major Projects Lawyer WCC56016

Job Details:

Salary Range: £68,346 - £85,755 per annum. Salary is negotiable depending on experience

Work Location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Hours per week: 36 

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: 9 May 2021

Contact details for an informal discussion: Kar-Yee Chan -  Principal Solicitor  - kychan@westminster.gov.uk

About Us:

At Westminster City Council (WCC) and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC), we hold a shared remit to create the best possible version of London. With neighbourhoods including Soho, Notting Hill and Covent Garden in our ‘patch’, we have much to shout about – but we are also focussed on supporting less affluent areas such to ensure a great quality of life is enjoyed by all. Quite simply, we want our capital city to be a true City for All, and as such, we have joined forces to create shared services that make best use of our resources and expertise. This has resulted in a wide range of interesting challenges across every sector – and underpinning each of these initiatives is our exceptional legal services team. Join us in our work, and you will have a real impact on residents and business in both boroughs.

The Role:

As a member of our Bi-borough Legal Services Contracts and Procurement team, you will work across challenges for both WCC and RBKC. Both councils are embarking on significant development and construction projects, so an unmissable opportunity has arisen to take the legal lead across a wide range of challenges. 


This is a compelling opportunity in which you will have the autonomy to grow your legal and professional skills in one of the country’s most exciting legal services. Taking the lead across high-profile cases, you will oversee everything from contract drafting through to risk management and mitigation to support our internal clients in delivering their priorities effectively. As a trusted expert, you will deliver guidance to senior-level stakeholders, and you will provide advice at committees, project and programme boards. 


You will balance competing priorities as you help clients manage large projects and programmes of work. This could include anything from high value regeneration schemes through to public realm projects. Taking the lead in legal negotiations with suppliers and potential contractors, advising on the relevant negotiation strategies, you will constantly maintain an awareness of the corporate and commercial implications of your advice. 

Please refer to the Job Description for more information. 

About You:

You will be an experienced Construction Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of CILEx, with a broad knowledge of Local Government law (and in particular how decisions are made). With your background in advising on large regeneration schemes, you will be well versed in public procurement and contract law, and are able to handle all major standard form construction contracts, particularly the JCT and NEC suites 3 and 4. With an in-depth knowledge of all relevant ancillary documents such as collateral warranties, you will be able to draft and amend documentation.  


Above all else, you will be a brilliant negotiator, with the verbal and written communication skills required to deliver complex legal and procedural advice to Members, Officers and other stakeholders. As a self-starter with a can-do attitude, you will thrive in a fast-paced team, and keen to play your part in enhancing our residents’ quality of life. 


The Council and its partners are committed to achieving diverse shortlists for all vacancies at Band 4 or above to support our desire to increase the number of staff from underrepresented groups in our workforce. If you are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background (BAME), we invite you to self-declare this to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitments.

What We Offer:

This is a unique opportunity to join a team that prides itself on a collaborative approach to delivering legal services. We work in an agile way, harnessing the expertise of both Lawyers and support staff across the department to deliver sustainable, high quality legal activities. As many of our colleagues volunteer and take part in charity work, there is a real sense of community here, further enhanced by our determination to help you enjoy a uniquely supportive workplace – all of which is evidenced by our recent wins at the Business Culture Awards in which we secured the Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative, while we were highly commended for our approach to diversity and inclusion.


As a progressive and innovative organisation, we welcome applications from candidates keen on working in an agile environment with flexible conditions. From generous annual leave through to a great work/life balance, we will see to it that you are able to balance your work commitments with your lifestyle. We will also underpin your long-term future with excellent training and development opportunities, and you will receive a competitive benefits package that includes multiple staff discounts and a highly desirable pension scheme. 


At Westminster City Council, we are passionate about our aim to be an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve, and we believe everyone is valued. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities. We’re committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can succeed. We value diversity and appreciate that people work in different ways. So, as a Timewise employer we work to provide flexible working arrangements and an empowering environment that enables you to be your best, that is the Westminster Way.

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