Principal Lawyer

Starting Salary £40,841 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £46,560

Permanent - 37 hours per week

Legal Services

Thanet District Council

Thanet District Council serves the beautiful coastal towns and villages in East Kent; including Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Minster, providing an array of services to over 127,000 residents.

Thanet is a great place to live and work. Our historic seaside towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs are rich in heritage and opportunity. With the multi-million pound Turner Contemporary Gallery, the fast speed rail link to London, and the popular Westwood Cross shopping centre - this is an exciting time to join Thanet District Council. We are determined to improve the quality of life for local people. We believe that by listening to local people, working in active partnership and by being prepared to do things in an innovative way we can accelerate improvement and best meet the challenges ahead.

All posts include generous annual leave, flexible working (some posts excluded), a 37 hour week, as well as access to the local government pension scheme.

We are looking for a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive with at least 3 years PQE specialising in the areas of property, planning and contract law to join our friendly legal team. You will be managing a full and interesting workload of both complex and diverse matters. You’ll be a good communicator with the ability to negotiate, influence and persuade others and have a flexible customer orientated approach. Being innovative and working effectively across all council services is important too.

If you want to develop your career, get involved in exciting projects and see your efforts result in real delivery on the ground, in a vibrant and beautiful part of the country, then we would love to hear from you.

Essential Requirements

  • Ability to manage a full and substantial workload of matters that are both complex and diverse, able to
  • Effective interpersonal written and oral communication skills including negotiation, influence and persuasion commensurate with the status of this post
  • Sensitivity to the needs of customers, elected members and employees with a customer orientated and flexible
  • Ability to encourage initiative and effective teamwork
  • Working knowledge of relevant computer software systems, databases and networks

Due to the nature of this role, this is a politically restricted post.

An interview date is to be confirmed.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Tim Howes on 01843 577906 or email at .

Closing Date: Thursday 06 July 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

To Apply

Please return your application form to:

You should receive an automated acknowledgement once you have submitted your application, should you not receive this please contact EKHR on 01304 872799 between 9:00am - 5:00pm

EK Human Resources
Dover District Council Offices
White Cliffs Business Park
CT16 3PJ

Please note, we do not accept CV's. If you submit a CV this will not be submitted to the manager for short-listing.

If you would like us to post an application form to you please contact us:

Tel: 01304 872799 between 9:00am - 5:00pm