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Planning Lawyer job description

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Planning Lawyer job description

1. To provide legal advice and assistance to members and officers of the Council, particularly in the areas of Town and Country Planning and allied transactions.

2. To assist the Head of Conveyancing, Environment and Contracts in ensuring the delivery of a high quality service to the Council on all Town and Country Planning matters, including both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Key Accountabilities:

1. To give advice to the Planning Directorate on all matters related to Town and Country Planning and any associated legislation.


2. To give advice on all Town and Country Planning related matters to the Council and/or Members as and when required and particularly at Planning Committee.


3. To negotiate, draft and deal with Agreements under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Section 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and any other related Agreements.


4. To carry out advocacy duties at any Public Inquiries or other tribunals relevant to the work covered by the post holder.

5. To deal with all matters involving planning enforcement covered by the Planning Acts and all related legislation, to include drafting all types of requisitions for information, enforcement notices, stop notices, notices under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the obtaining of injunctions, all notices related to Listed Buildings. (This is not an exclusive list but merely sets out examples).


6. To draft, prepare for and conduct litigation in the Criminal Courts or the Civil Courts (including the instruction of barristers, if required) for any matter relating to planning or environmental


7. To advise on Tree Preservation Orders as required, and if necessary draft and serve such orders and conduct any enforcement or litigation proceedings arising from such orders.


8. To advise on Highways matters as required and, if necessary, prepare any orders required under the Highways legislation and conduct any enforcement or litigation arising therefrom.


9. To attend the Cabinet or other Committees, Sub-Committees or Working Parties or other groups of the Council as and when required to establish good relationships with other departments and outside agencies.


10. To promote the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards throughout the work and service of the Council and to conduct professional work in accordance with the LEXCEL Manual adopted by the Legal Division.


Supplementary Accountabilities:

1. To ensure that any identified personal training needs are discussed with the immediate supervisor.


2. To carry out other such duties appropriate to the level of responsibility of the post as may be ascribed to the post from time to time by the Director of Law & Democratic Services.


3. In accordance with the provisions of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, you must take reasonable care so as not to endanger yourself or other persons whilst at work. You must also co-operate with the Council to enable it to comply with its statutory duties for health and safety. You must work in accordance with training or instructions given, make proper use of any personal protective equipment provided and inform your manager of any hazardous situations or risks of which you are aware. You must ensure you undertake responsibilities relating to your position as detailed within your Directorate Health & Safety policy

Knowledge and Experience:


• A fully qualified Solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives or someone who can demonstrate a level of experience and skill fitting them for the post

• Experience of relevant planning work

• Experience of drafting Legal Agreements related to planning

• Experience of relevant Enforcement work

Some Advocacy experience


3. To assist the Principal Solicitor in delivering a high quality service to the Council on highways matters.


4. To assist the Head of Conveyancing, Environment and Contracts and Principal Solicitor (Litigation) in the provision of a high quality service to the Council on litigation matters relating to Planning and other environmental issues.