Senior Property Lawyer

Job Details

London Borough of Havering are looking for an Senior property Lawyer To support the Principal Lawyer and Legal Services management team   in the provision of strategic, high level legal advice to the Councils, Members and Officers, and support the provision of legal solutions in Property and Regeneration and related areas to enable the Councils to progress with corporate goals.


  • To lead and manage a team in a shared back office support service. The team will include lawyers, legal officers and support staff, and the Senior Lawyer will support the Team Leader in the delivery of a portfolio of high quality, solution focused legal work in more than one discipline and across multiple sites, to customers in different organisations.
  • To support the Principal Lawyer in meeting the strategic aims of the Legal Services department.
  • To build positive relationships with customers, assisting the Principal Lawyer in the role as relationship manager, and developing and marketing new and innovative solutions
  • To support the Principal Lawyer in developing ways of maximising and improving income generation and ,identifying savings
  • To have personal responsibility for a caseload of complex matters, and act as subject expert, with minimal need for supervision or external assistance.
  • To support the Principal Lawyer in supervision of all matters designated as high risk within the team where additional resources are required to meet demand, and if requested to do so by the Principal Lawyer provide support to other teams
  • To support the Principal Lawyer in ensuring that the Councils, clients, and members are kept abreast of the law as necessary, and to determine the effect of new legislation, advising on developments as necessary
  • To have responsibility for a team of up to 10 lawyers and support staff, potentially working across legal disciplines and working over multiple sites
  • To carry out advocacy when necessary on own caseload, and not to instruct external support except in accordance with agreed procedures
  • To attend meetings of the Councils as required to provide legal and governance advice.
  • To produce or comment upon reports for various Council meetings or decision making processes.
  • To work some evenings, weekends and occasional public holidays in order to meet the service requirements of customers and in order to ensure appropriate representation of the Councils with residents, elected members, and external bodies.
  • Ensure that the partner Councils are provided with the best legal advice, that legal services are effectively managed and that legal advice is appropriate to ensure propriety of decision making.
  • Other duties – the job description indicates the main areas of activity for this post. From time to time other tasks/duties maybe required which are commensurate with the general area of responsibility and grade of the post.
  • Payrate: £55.64 umbrella