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Principal Lawyer - Kingston Upon Thames

  • Reference: 100008897
  • Published on: Wed 13/09/2017 16:10 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 01/10/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 36 hours per week.
  • Salary: £48,396 per annum for 36 hours per week
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2DN.
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£48,396 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2DN. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

There are 3 positions available – 1 Child Protection, 1 Adults, Education, Litigation and Employment and 1 Contacts and Special Projects

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

At Surrey County Council we are looking to expand and consolidate our successful in house legal teams. We have three exciting Principal Lawyer opportunities currently within our children’s social care team, our adults, education, litigation and employment team and our special projects and contracts team.

We are looking for flexible, motivated and ambitious colleagues to join our progressive service, which has been working in partnership with legal services in Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council as Orbis Public Law. The vision is to create ‘A single, resilient, sustainable cost effective legal service with a public service ethos with an ability and ambition to grow’. As a Principal Lawyer heading up one of the teams you will have an unrivalled opportunity to actively and strategically contribute to the future delivery of first class legal services across the partnership.

This partnership creates one of the largest public sector legal services in the UK and presents unrivalled opportunities to share our knowledge, experience and understanding across teams and Authorities.

You’ll be passionate about leading and working as part of a team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council, its partner authorities and clients served by Orbis Public Law. You will be expected to manage a team, contribute to the strategic management of the service and hold a quality caseload of complex matters relevant to your area of work. Recent legal experience, either in-house or in private practice is essential. We are looking for demonstrable management and/or supervisory skills.

In return we offer a positive flexible working environment, personal and professional development opportunities, enthusiastic colleagues, passionate about the work that they do and a competitive remuneration package.

Interviews for the above positions will take place on 9,10 and 11 October 2017.

For an informal discussion contact Janet Polley ( or Deborah Chantler ( on 0208 541 9088.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 01 October 2017

Interviews will take place on 09, 10 and 11 October 2017

Please note, if access to the GCSX (PSN) network is required for this role, a Basic Disclosure (DBS check) will be required to meet the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards.