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Senior Legal Officer (Conveyancing)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 13/01/2019 23:59
£31,401 - £34,106
Hours per week:
Job Category:
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Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
13 Jan

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Senior Legal Officer (Conveyancing)

Summary of Post

We are looking for a qualified solicitor, FILEX or Licenced Conveyancer to provide a high quality conveyancing and property law based service to the Council and associated bodies to support their property portfolios and delivery of property based projects.

You will be a point of contact for appropriate service departments and will be required to respond to requests for advice and assistance as directed as appropriate by the Place Team Manager or by the Deputy to the Head of Legal Governance & Democratic Services as appropriate.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

You will assume responsibility for providing written and oral legal advice, individually progressing a mixed case load including complex high value and commercial transactions.

Areas of work include:

Drafting, negotiating and completing contracts for the sale (by private treaty, by tender and by auction) of land and buildings, including minor developments, residential and commercial freehold and leasehold

Reviewing, negotiating and completing contracts for the acquisition of land and buildings.

Leases of commercial and industrial premises and land, licences to assign and sublet, variations and renewals.

Negotiating, drafting and completing a wide variety of legal documents including deeds of variation, residential and business tenancy agreements, licences, surrenders and assignment of leases, deeds of easement, deeds of rectification deeds of modification, deeds of release of covenants, transfers of public open space, registration of title, legal charges.

Providing legal advice to officers in relation to specific transactions and advising and providing support to senior fee earners and multi-disciplinary teams in relation the delivery of major projects.

Responding to general land and property matters, including advice and dealing with enquiries.

To provide advice and guidance to departments as required.

To prepare appropriate legal documentation, correspondence and reports.

To keep an up-to-date working knowledge of conveyancing and property based legislation and related matters and advise on developments in legislation as appropriate.

To liaise with external professionals regarding conveyancing and property matters as required

To assist in reviewing and implementing practices and procedures to support effective service delivery. To develop and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with relevant staff in other directorates as required.

To account for and reconcile income/expenditure in respect of conveyancing and property matters in accordance with Financial Regulations.

To attend working groups and other meetings as required.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is essential that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Qualified Solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives or Licenced Conveyancer

Demonstrable experience of and a pragmatic approach to undertaking a broad range of conveyancing transactions and general property work, including commercial and high value transactions in local government or within a similar role

Excellent drafting and literacy skills

Knowledge and understanding of the law and practice relevant to the specific role.

Well-developed interpersonal skills for persuading, influencing, building relationships and communicating effectively.

Good literacy and report writing skills.

Demonstrable ability to understand and interpret complex data and provide solutions and recommendations to achieve appropriate outcomes in a timely manner.

Demonstrable ability to co-ordinate and deliver documentation to tight timetables.

Have the necessary motivation and ability to work on own initiative, but also to work as part of a team to deliver agreed approaches/strategies to ensure efficient and effective progress on cases.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


Experience of working as part of multi-disciplinary project teams

Drivers licence

An understanding of S106 of the Town & Country Planning Act

Experience of attending at committees/public meetings.

Use of electronic case management and systems, Visualfiles.

Additional Information

If, after having read the job summary you would like to discuss this post, please contact Andrew Griffiths, Team Manager on 01454 863037 or Gill Sinclair, Deputy to the Head of Legal Governance and Democratic Services on 01454 863039.

Salary: £31,401 - £34,106

Hours: 37

Closing Date: 13 January 2019

Vacancy Ref: CR3830/849/SS

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Our Values
As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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