Principal Solicitor (Criminal Litigation and Corporate) & Deputy Monitoring Officer

Salary: £52,957 - £61,347

Details: Full time, permanent

About Three Rivers District Council
Three Rivers District in South West Hertfordshire straddles the north west corner of the M25 on the edge of Greater London. The district is a mixture of beautiful countryside, villages and small towns. The area has a diverse range of sectors and businesses and is a centre for the film industry with Warner Brothers at Leavesden forming part of a studio cluster along with Elstree and Pinewood is a short drive away.

At a glance
• 700 historic assets and 22 conservation areas, 77% of the district is in the Green Belt.
• 1,914 NNDR registered businesses with the economy providing 39,000 jobs
• Very low crime rate
• The district ranks highly for business registrations and start ups with a highly skilled and trained workforce, high
employment levels with GVA and weekly earnings above average

The Role:
We are looking for a Principal Lawyer and Deputy Monitoring Officer to join us on a full time basis to work 37 hours a week; this role will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work flexibly and/or remotely. The role will include delivering legal advice, representation and support on the following matters, and more:

Criminal Litigation and Related Matters:
• Animal welfare and animal licensing prosecutions
• Anti-social behaviour, e.g. breaches of community protection notices, closure order and ASB injunctions
• Environmental health prosecutions, e.g. food safety
• Environmental protection prosecutions, e.g. fly-tipping
• Licensing appeals and prosecutions
• Planning prosecutions, e.g. breaches of planning enforcement notices or tree preservation orders

Deputy Monitoring Officer:
• To provide advice and guidance on the Council’s constitution
• To deputise for the Monitoring Officer
• To deal with complaints

Information Law:
• To provide advice on Data Protection, UK GDPR, the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental
Information Regulations

Equality & Diversity:
• To provide advice on the Public Sector Equality Duty

Who we are looking for:
We are seeking a highly-motivated lawyer to join our supportive and successful in-house team and run their own caseload of various criminal prosecutions and also provide advice on all aspects of information law and the Council’s duties under the Equalities Act. This is a permanent role for an experienced Solicitor or Barrister. The ideal candidate will be experienced in criminal law, and will also have experience of information law and equalities. Previous experience working in local government would be desirable but not essential. The successful Lawyer will be joining a friendly and well-established team, working on an interesting and diverse caseload.

The role offers flexible working. The team are looking to take on a hybrid working model of a mixture of days in the office and working from home.

What we offer:-
Salary of £52,957 - £61,347
We offer an excellent benefits package, including competitive salary, 28 days holiday - rising to 30 days, a generous employer contribution pension scheme, life assurance, flexible working, career development, free on-site parking, cycle-to-work scheme, discounted leisure centre membership, employee volunteering schemes and access to discounted activities and days out.

Closing Date: 29 November 2021

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact James Baldwin, Solicitor to the Council (T:) 01923 727207

A basic DBS check will be carried out for this post.

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