Solicitor - Legal Services

Aberdeen City Council
£34,901 - £39,904 per year
12 Sep 2016
26 Sep 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description


Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link  and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.     

Location: Marischal College

Duration: Permanent and Fixed Term (Full Time and Part Time available)

To provide a professional legal advice and representation service to the Council, and other organisations as authorised by the Council, as directed by the Team Leader.

To provide a customer and solution focused service based on the principles of continuous improvement, professionalism, integrity and best value.

To represent the Council’s interests in legal matters to a high professional standard.

Aberdeen City Council has recently modernised the way it delivers its in-house legal service which has seen the creation of five teams having an expertise in the areas of Property, Governance, Litigation, Planning & Environment and Licensing.

We are now seeking solicitors to be part of the Licencing and Litigation teams. This is an opportunity for enrolled solicitors with current Law Society Practising Certificates to be part of our ambitious and progressive Service, working with both client services and some public service partners to innovate, modernise and transform the way that Legal Services does business.

The remit of the Teams and vacancies available are;

Litigation - 0.75 FTE Permanent, 1 FTE Fixed Term and 0.5 FTE Fixed Term

The Litigation team provides representation at Courts and Tribunals and advisory work across areas of law including Child Protection and Adoption, Adult Mental Health, Employment, Housing and Antisocial B and Education. Recent experience of litigation is essential. Experience of one or more of the above areas of law is desirable.

Licensing - 1 FTE Permanent.

The Licensing team provides clerking and secretariat support and licensing advice to the Licensing Board and Licensing Committee, elected members and members of the public. Experience in the above areas is desirable but other areas of experience in drafting, representation and advising committees would be beneficial.

Please see the attached job profile for more information.

Candidates are asked to specify a preference in relation to which Team they are interested in, and whether they would wish to work full or part time.

Aberdeen City Council offers favourable terms and conditions including flexible working and salary sacrifice schemes.

For more information on the vacancies please don't hesitate to contact Elaine Falconer, Team Leader (Litigation) on 01224 522242 or at or Ruth O'Hare, Team Leader (Licensing) on 01224 523506 or


The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland holding a Practising Certificate from the Law Society of Scotland

An up to date knowledge of the legislation and practice in Conveyancing and property law or in Licensing law or in at least two of the areas of law covered by the Governance Team or in Planning and Environmental law or in at least two of the areas of law covered by the Litigation Team


The post holder is expected to demonstrate:

Provision of clear, succinct and commercially-focused advice and support to clients
Active representation of the Council’s interests in legal matters to a high professional standard and in a manner which is flexible, accessible, approachable and solutions-focused
A business partner approach to clients fostering a customer and solutions-focused approach to the delivery of legal services
Effective building and maintenance of successful working relationships with internal and external partners to secure best value and to provide outstanding service.
Critical analysis and evaluation of information, data and situations to assist in problem solving and the provision of solution-focused advice including the
management of risk
Effective communication skills, both oral and written, to influence and resolve a wide range of legal issues of varying complexity
Effective Team work and working on their own initiative.
Effective and appropriate prioritisation of work to meet tight deadlines.
Proficiency in analytical, research, investigative and drafting skills
Adaptability to the changing priorities and working practices of the Service and the Council as a whole

The Individual

Please see the attached job profile for further information

See also:
2. Job Profile.doc

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