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Recruitment Opportunity: Head of Legal

4 October 2019

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Head of Legal

Salary: Up to £84,000 dependent on experience

This is a brilliant opportunity to work within a pioneering Combined Authority who have undertaken to deliver an exciting programme of works.

If you want to work in an innovative Public Authority in a region where we have the best performing economy in the country outside of London, contributing over £5bn a year to UK PLC, and have two of the top five fastest growing cities in the UK, this could be the opportunity for you. You will find an organisation who encourages a good work life balance and professional growth.

The Company
An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen as the Authority is now establishing its permanent legal service and is looking for an exceptional Head of Legal to help deliver the key objectives of this Authority. We are looking for a person who is a creative thinker and exceptional communicator with energy, flair and resilience as well as displaying acute political awareness, is highly motivated and collaborative in approach. 

The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region. The Combined Authority seeks to be at the frontier of accelerating delivery and securing new investment models, with and across Government, the private sector and the local area.

The Role
This is a standout opportunity for a Legal Counsel to work within a Combined Authority. Responsible for the management and overall provision of effective and timely legal services to the Authority and its Directorates. Your work will be varied and interesting caseload from drafting, negotiating and concluding contracts with stakeholders, to clearly communicate and advise the business on the commercial implications of complex agreements.

Key aspects of the role include the following: 

  • To personally undertake complex legal tasks including advice on the governance and constitutional arrangements of the CPCA
  • The Legal Counsel will be responsible for legal and commercial support and advice to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board and its wholly owned companies
  • As a qualified solicitor with experience gained in-house or in private practice, you will manage your own caseload with appropriate direction and provide high-level advice and assistance regarding the drafting, review, evaluation and negotiation of a variety of agreements relating to relevant projects 
  • Personally undertake a caseload of corporate legal work 
  • Managing and developing the legal team to secure the provision of legal advice as required 
  • The role will support the Business Board (Local Enterprise Partnerships) as the chief legal officer to that board. The other post will advise and support the committees including attendance at meetings
  • This is an interesting and varied role working on highly important matters to the future economy of the region. 
  • Preparation of reports consideration by members officers and attending and advising at meetings of the Authority including the Leadership Board, Overview and Scrutiny Committee and such other committees and working groups as required

The successful candidate will

  • Be a qualified solicitor or Barrister with relevant Practicing Certificate/License with extensive post experience
  • Experience of advising Directors, Members and senior Officers on constitutional and complex legal matters 
  • Good understanding and experience in Commercial Law and Contracts. Any knowledge of areas such as transport, housing or education skills is a bonus
  • Commercially astute 
  • Have experience of leading on projects
  • Have the ability to prioritise work and deliver outcomes within timescales
  • Proven ability to work in a rapidly changing environment 

For a job description or for an informal discussion about the roles please contact Martin Jaynes HR Manager on 01480 277180 or email hr@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk 

Please submit CVs with a covering letter to recruitment@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk