Legal Officer (Property) R/L13a

Grade I – Salary £28,306.00 pa | Maternity cover (from August 2021 up to 8mths) | Temporary / Full time (37 hours pw) | Leeds City Centre (Temporarily Remote) | Closing Date – 14 August 2021

Legal Officer (Property) R/13a

Grade I - Salary £28,306 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Maternity Cover (up to 8 months from August 2021)    Full time 37 hours per week

Closing date - 14 August 2021

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Property Legal Officer 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

Reporting into the PPC Lawyer your key responsibilities will include:

  • Research, negotiate, draft, and interpret property and legal documentation and provide sound legal advice to a range of stakeholders.
  • Reporting post signing of rent review memoranda, calculating of RPI rent reviews, producing of Service Charge information and drafting side letters in relation to rent payments and service charge payments.
  • Provide legal support with Post Completion tasks.
  • Draft new leases and review current leases in connection with lease renewals. Review deeds in order to extract relevant information and to compile concise reports. 
  • Instruct external Solicitors in relation to leases with regard to the letting of units and buildings that form part of the CA’s property portfolio.
  • Undertake work in relation to the Land Registry.
  • Working independently, coordinate property searches, for example, highways searches and searches of the index map.
  • Deal with and respond to property related queries, reviewing detailed property correspondence and identifying relevant tasks therein.
  • Liaise with the CA’s Insurance Brokers in connection with project matters.

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 have CILEX qualification Associate (part 1) or law graduate as a minimum or full CILEX qualification (Fellowship); qualified solicitor or barrister or working towards these.

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  


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.