Lawyer (Property) R/L8c

Grade L - Salary £41,216.00 pa | Permanent / Full time (37 hours pw) | Leeds City Centre (Temporarily Remote) | Closing Date – 14 August 2021

Lawyer (Property) R/L8c

Grade L - Salary £41,216 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Permanent/Full time (37 hours pw)
Closing date - 14 August 2021

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Property Lawyer to join our Legal Services team.

We bring together local councils and businesses, through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) ensure that our work meets the needs of employers so that everyone in our region can benefit from economic prosperity supported by a modern, accessible transport network, housing and digital connections.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement of a £1.8bn devolution deal that has been secured for West Yorkshire. Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and help deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

The Role

Please note this role is not a managerial post and there is no prerequisite for Compulsory Purchase experience.

Reporting into Head of Service your key responsibilities will include:

  • Advise on freehold and leasehold property transactions and related matters.
  • Advise the CA in relation to any of its projects which have property or development implications for example in the fields of public transport, infrastructure, investment, skills capital, housing and regeneration, environmental and energy sectors.
  • Liaise with the CA’s external Property Surveyors as required to ensure and enable the best use of the CA’s property assets from a commercial and practical point of view.
  • Use strong analytical skills, sound judgment and application of legal knowledge and expertise to provide accurate and solution focussed advice which demonstrates a thorough understanding of the aims and objectives of the CA.
  • Experience of advising on all aspects of real property including drafting, scrutinising and negotiating a wide range of conveyances/ transfers, leases, tenancy agreements, wayleaves and licences and any associated documents in relation to the organisation’s property portfolio.

Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education and experience:

You will have an excellent track record of providing pro-active, customer focused and authoritative legal advice and support in relation to this function including advising on large scale projects preferably within a public sector or transport environment, matters of procurement and state aid and negotiating and preparing complex contractual documentation.  

You will be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with a current practicing certificate or full CILEX (fellowship) qualification. 

Whilst experience in the key responsibilities is desirable, we are happy to consider applicants who have transferrable skills and a strong work ethic to enable development into the role.

For an informal chat about this role please ring Sarah Lofthouse on 0113 251 7264. For more information about the work of the Combined Authority, please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk  

Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses with the M-Card zones 1-5
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing you CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on 14 August 2021

Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.