Principal Lawyer/Manager – Property & Contracts - Working for Essex
Salary: £54,086 to £57,623 per annum + £663 fringe allowance, pro rata if part time
Closing date: 23 Feb 2023
Location: Basildon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10435
Role: Legal and Governance
About the role

Principal Lawyer/Manager – Property & Contracts

Permanent, Full Time

£54,086 to £57,623 per annum + £663 fringe allowance, pro rata if part time

Location: Basildon

Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Basildon Council to recruit a Principal Lawyer/Manager – Property & Contracts.

Please note that we are happy to consider full time or part time applications for this position. 

(All posts are subject to the NJC conditions of service)

We want to do things differently here in Basildon. We are creating a place where our people prosper.

As the largest economy in the Thames Estuary outside London, we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved but we are never complacent. We are driving inclusive, sustainable growth to provide opportunity and prosperity for local people and businesses, access to quality homes, vibrant town centres and an enhanced local environment.

We are looking to recruit a Principal Lawyer/Manager with significant experience to lead our dynamic Property & Contracts team, to help us deliver the Council’s objectives and ensure the highest standards in conducting business both internally and externally. This is an exciting and varied role in a supportive and friendly team, reporting directly to the Head of Legal and Democracy. It involves engaging directly with the executive leadership team and Councillors as a trusted advisor on issues such as delivery of the Council’s housebuilding programme and town centre regeneration, whilst ensuring that good governance arrangements are in place to support effective decision making.

This position represents exciting career development opportunities in a professional and flexible environment. Previous experience within a Local Authority or other public sector setting, is essential. In return, we will offer a competitive salary, technology to enable hybrid working, flexible working and most importantly a culture of support, collaboration and a ‘can do’ approach. At Basildon Council every job matters.

What you need to succeed?

  • This post requires that you are a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales, Barrister, CILEX or equivalent.

What's in it for you?

  • 28 days annual leave (rising to 32 days after 5 years’ service)
  • Hybrid Working - working from home for the majority of the time, however, should there be a requirement you would be expected to attend.
  • Flexible working
  • LGPS
  • Funded training opportunities
  • Employee discount programme

Why choose Basildon Council?

As an employer of choice we offer a range of employment benefits that include a contributory pension scheme, a minimum of 25 days annual leave, flexible hybrid working, free car parking and excellent training opportunities.

Basildon Borough Council is one of the largest local authorities in the East of England region and serves a population of approximately 172,000 people. The town of Basildon is regarded as a key economic hub with the main areas of employment being engineering, research and development, distribution and financial services. Basildon is also the second biggest economy in the Thames Gateway, outside of Canary Wharf.

Working for Basildon Borough Council means making a practical and positive difference to the lives of people living and working in the Borough and provides a fulfilling career.

Each of our employees - whatever job role they are undertaking - can feel motivated by having a unique opportunity to use their skills to make Basildon a better place to live. Whether it is conserving our countryside, by regenerating our Borough, by housing our residents or by collecting the refuse on time.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Paula Deery, Head of Legal & Democracy on 01268 208167 or Lyndsey Smith, Principal Lawyer and Manager of the Corporate Legal Team on 01268 207804.

Note: ECC are advertising this role on behalf of Basildon Council and if successful you will be employed by Basildon Council.

Basildon Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults, and expects all employees, contractors and volunteers to share its commitment to prevent abuse, harm or exploitation.

The Council applies a robust recruitment vetting process. If you are successful you will need to undergo a Pre-employment Vetting Procedure.

If you have any queries regarding this or any of our roles, please contact Human Resources 01268 208242 or

If you would like to see a full job description for this position, please email quoting reference REQ: 10435