West Berkshire Council

Current Vacancies at West Berkshire Council


Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
From £39,186 to £50,512 per annum (Grade JK)
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
06/05/2024 at 23:59
Vacancy Description

Are you an experienced Lawyer looking for a new challenge within a supportive and forward-thinking local authority? West Berkshire Council is seeking a highly skilled Lawyer to join our Legal and Democratic Service, specifically within the People team. This is an excellent opportunity to make a real difference in the community and contribute to the delivery of high-quality legal services.

As a Lawyer, you will provide expert legal advice and support on a wide range of matters relating to people services, including employment law, education law, social care, and safeguarding. You will have the opportunity to work on complex and varied cases, collaborating with colleagues across the organisation to ensure legal compliance and the best possible outcomes for our residents.

To excel in this role, you should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Qualified solicitor, barrister, or legal executive with relevant post-qualification experience.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of relevant areas of law, particularly in relation to people services.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to provide accurate and pragmatic advice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Proactive and self-motivated, with the ability to manage a demanding workload and meet deadlines.

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 29 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Laura Knowles, Principal Lawyer - People, on 01635 503136 or email Laura.Knowles1@westberks.gov.uk.

West Berkshire Council is committed to promoting equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, regardless of age, gender, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Join West Berkshire Council and be part of an organisation that makes a positive impact on the lives of our residents.

Equal Opportunities
The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
How to apply

Please now complete a short online application form. You will then be able to upload your CV, if you do not have a CV please download our full application form below, complete and upload that instead.

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