Solicitor (Litigation) – West Lothian Council

Service Area: Legal Services

Location: Civic Centre

Salary: £32,754 - £37,391

Reference Number:420.47

West Lothian Council is one of Scotland’s most successful local authorities and is based in Livingston.

Legal Services provides comprehensive legal and committee services to the council and comprises four teams –Litigation, Property/Planning, Licensing and Committee Services.

These are full time, permanent posts although part-time job share may be considered.

The post is a varied and challenging role within a small and busy team. As a member of the litigation team, the post-holder will undertake all types of general litigation and advisory work associated with working in an in-house Local Authority Legal Service. In particular the successful candidate will provide advice, support and representation with a particular focus on commercial, property, housing and debt recovery matters. They will undertake such other areas of work as may be allocated to them from time to time to assist the Chief Solicitor to ensure that a quality legal service is provided to meet client expectations.

The post-holder will conduct litigation on behalf of the Council and will act as Clerk to the Placing in Schools Committee and Employee Appeals Committee.

The post is suitable for and will be of interest to an enthusiastic and motivated solicitor seeking a position which brings the unique challenges of being an in house legal adviser. The successful candidate will be client focussed, proactive in the identification of issues relevant to council services and able to demonstrate a track record of effectively and efficiently providing quality legal advice and positive outcomes for clients.

In addition to the technical competencies required the successful candidate will have excellent communication and team working skills. They will deliver advice to team members, council officers and elected members in a clear and concise manner, demonstrate a commitment to excellence in customer service and a flexible approach to meeting changing demands and priorities. They will contribute to and participate in the Councils training programme for colleagues and client services.

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Closing Date:28 July 2019