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Senior Lawyer - Governance

Job details
Posting date: 05 June 2024
Salary: £48.70 to £48.70 per hour
Additional salary information: per hour PAYE depending on experience
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 04 July 2024
Location: MANCHESTER, M60 2LA
Company: Triumph Consultants Ltd
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: Manchester 0008 EC0C / 1


What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Lawyer - Governance

Reference no: Manchester 0008 EC0C / 1

Pay rate: Up to £48.70 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

P/T hours can be considered (to a minimum of 21 hours/3 days a week)

This opening assignment is for 2 months


Home based role

The Senior Lawyer (Governance) role requires the delivery of consistent, high quality legal advice and, where appropriate, briefings and training to clients in relation to the law within the team’s practice areas. It also involves the development of associated policies, procedures and guidance and the preparation of reports to the Council, the Executive and committees.

Consideration will be given to candidates wishing to work fewer hours/days per week (to a minimum of 21 hours / 3 days a week).

Key responsibilities:

Through close working relationships with stakeholders, support the development of effective business processes, policies and strategies by taking a lead for their area of work.
Undertake a range of skills expected of an experienced lawyer within a defined area of legal practice including knowledge and understanding of local government law, provision of advice and assistance to clients, analysis and problem-solving, working in a team, drafting a range of legal documents and, where required by a role in a particular team, conduct of advocacy and provision of training to clients.
Legal lead/subject matter expert within a defined area of legal practice with direct responsibility for a personal caseload of complex, high value and at times politically sensitive matters and initiatives achieving timely and successful delivery and outcomes.
Use initiative and creativity to find effective and positive solutions to complex legal matters and research law and procedure to a high professional standard to provide accurate, focussed and relevant legal and professional advice to clients including officers, elected members and external clients.
Work collaboratively across the Councils, GMCA and other public sector bodies to provide specialist legal advice, information, support and challenge to client services which supports and promotes their priorities as well as safeguarding the organisations and progressing corporate objectives.
Provide specialist legal advice and guidance to colleagues across the organisations, accounting for factors and elements beyond their direct control and area of specialism to support a whole council approach to decision making.
Drive the effective delivery of work packages to ensure service objectives are achieved, to support the effective decision-making processes of the Councils, GMCA and other public sector bodies and to enable them to meet their legal obligations and strategic objectives.
Use robust and effective analysis of information to inform strategic objectives in relation to the assigned service area, ensuring that advice to client services is in line with current legislation and organisational direction.
Play a key role in the review and development of organisational strategies, ensuring that key performance indicators are met. Provide effective operational and strategic support to the authority’s corporate approach to external regulatory / inspection and internal governance processes.
Effectively commission work packages both within their service area and from other service areas / organisations in order to provide a holistic approach to advice and ensure that all factors are accounted for in the decision-making processes of the organisation.

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


A qualified solicitor, barrister, or Chartered Lawyer/Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, holding a current practising certificate.


Demonstrate relevant experience of, and expertise in, dealing with a broad range of complex, high value and sensitive cases relating to local government/public administration law (including local authority constitutions and the operation of executive arrangements), information governance matters (including data protection, Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations) and elections law.

Skills & Abilities:

Strong communication and analytical skills.
Excellent time management skills.
Ability to find creative solutions where there are no existing parameters or procedural framework.
Ability to exert positive influence over the performance of others, promoting others’ self-esteem, inspiring trust and fostering confidence in others’ ability to achieve high standards.
Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).

***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.


Job Ref: Manchester 0008 EC0C / 1

Anticipated Length of Assignment: Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent.

Please do try to resist contacting us with requests for progress updates.

We really do read every CV sent to us. All applications will be acknowledged by a human, not a robot, provided the job remains live and provided your CV meets the “Essential Requirements” listed.

Please note that we do our level best to take down ads as soon as roles have been filled. We are not in the business of harvesting CVs.

Important: We will interpret your application as being permission to submit your CV to this role (with the right to represent you) unless you advise us to the contrary.