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Contracts and Procurement Lawyer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Information

About the role:

We are looking for a Part Time (22.2 hours per week) Contracts and Procurement Lawyer to join our dynamic, busy and friendly legal team.

CLOSING DATE- 08.01.2024 at midnight.

Your main responsibilities will include advising on public procurement law, drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts and public sector agreements; and advising on contractual disputes.

The successful candidate would also ideally be able to provide advice with regard to subsidy control and / or information law including GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.

The successful candidate will bring existing knowledge in the areas of Contracts and Procurement and / or an enthusiasm to learn and develop in this area, to advise in-house clients and colleagues. You will need an eye for detail and good organisational skills, which will enable you to carry your own workload. Flexible and innovative in your approach, you will help us to positively develop new areas of practice.

The post has a starting salary of between pro rata per annum for those who are less than 2 years PQE (Band 8 - £37,336 - £41,418); or £47,420 pro rata per annum for those with more than two years PQE (Band 10 - £47,420 - £51,515). Individuals appointed to Band 8 will transition to Band 10 upon attaining two years PQE and successful completion of the six-month probation period.

The working arrangements are flexible, with office-based working in County Hall, Morpeth and the opportunity to work on a hybrid office / home basis.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification please see the documents attached.

Requirements of the role:

· Qualified Solicitor or Barrister or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives holding a current practicing certificate. 

· Existing knowledge of contracts and procurement law preferred. 

If you require further information about the position, please contact Carol Humphries, Principal Solicitor on 07989 218530 or via e-mail at

Why choose us?

We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including:

· 26 days annual leave plus public/bank holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years of service (pro rata for part-time employees).

· Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

· Flexi scheme – up to 2 days flexible leave available per month (pro rata for part-time employees).

· Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands.

· Commitment to work/life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, home working, flexible working, term-time only, and compressed hours.

· Car leasing scheme.

Please visit for more information regarding our benefits.

Further information:

Please note that this is a permanent, part time position but applications on a secondment basis would be considered for the right applicant. For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council website.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please also let the team know. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications.

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