Solicitor (Conveyancing & Contracts)

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Ref no: NAY03408
Closes: Monday, 26th February 2018
Published: Monday, 12th February 2018
Location: Cunninghame House, Friars Croft, Irvine
Salary: £36,394.04 - £38,659.59 per year
Hours: 35.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: North Ayrshire Council
Category: Legal
Sub-category: Solicitor

Role Profile


To provide legal and administrative services to all Services within the Council as part of the Council's in-house legal team and in particular to form part of the Contracts and Licensing team to carry out Conveyancing and Licensing within Legal services. This is a permanent position.   


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To manage/deliver the Service in accordance with the Council’s corporate policies and procedures and relevant strategy provision.
  • To manage/deliver the service outcomes, in the most efficient and effective way, that delivers the Council’s Strategic Priorities within the Council Plan and contributes to the production of Directorate Plans.
  • To manage and monitor Capital and Revenue budgets as assigned and contribute to budget development.
  • To lead, or contribute to, the preparation of cross-service business development plans, as required.
  • To ensure the effective management and leadership of employees, where appropriate.
  • To prepare and co-ordinate reports for the Council, its Committees or working parties and to attend these meetings as required.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To provide legal services as required by legal management in conformity with the Council Plan and the Democratic Services Plan.
  • To be part of the Contracts and Licensing Team within Legal Services, undertaking primarily conveyancing and contracts and providing support to the licensing section together with other legal work required in relation to the whole range of local authority functions.
  • To advise other officers of the Council on any legal matter.
  • To advise the Team Manager (Contracts and Licensing) or Senior Manager (Legal Services) or equivalent of any difficulties arising in connection with the work of the legal section.
  • To undertake continuous professional development, keep up to date with changes in legislation affecting the provision of services within the Council and advise other solicitors and staff in the section of such changes.
  • To participate in appropriate training and supervision of the work of paralegal staff and also to participate in training of other Council staff where appropriate.
  • To assist other solicitors and staff within legal services as required.
  • To attend Licensing Boards and Committee and any other Council Committees if necessary.     



Essential Desirable Evidence

Education and Qualifications

  • Scottish LLB Law Degree, or equivalent Scottish qualification
  • Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Current Practising Certificate (unrestricted) from the Law Society of Scotland     


  • Application Form
  • Interview


  • Experience of undertaking conveyancing and contract work
  • Legal experience working for a Scottish Local Authority legal service
  • Experience of licensing law        
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Specialist Knowledge

  • Experience of Conveyancing and contracts    
  • Knowledge of the Land Registration (S) Act, 2012
  • Knowledge of Leasing including Commercial leasing
  • Knowledge of Public and Administrative Law
  • Knowledge of Planning Law
  • Knowledge of Community Care Law
  • Knowledge of Housing Law
  • Knowledge of Community Asset Transfer and Community Benefit
  • Knowledge of Licensing Law    
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities

  • Organisational Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical and Research Skills
  • Self Development      
  • Ability to work in a Team
  • Focus on client service    
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview


  • Production and approval of all certificates as detailed above prior to appointment     
  • Current Valid UK Driving Licence
  • Ability to travel within the UK  
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Staff Values & Behaviours

North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.

Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council’s website.




We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture


  • Provide excellent customer services
  • Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these.
  • Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

  • Take ownership of our own actions and performance.
  • Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved.
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities.
  • Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

  • Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money.
  • Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas.
  • Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities.
  • Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.

Additional Information

A solicitor is required for the contracts and licensing team. The applicant will be expected to deal with a full range of legal work including sale and purchase of land, leasing, community care, housing law and licensing law. This role includes some attendance at the Licensing Board and Committee and any other Committee where required.

Standard Disclosure

Preferred candidates will be required to undergo a Standard Disclosure check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note: Successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the Standard Disclosure Check of £25 which will be deducted from your wages following the commencement of employment. For further information on the Disclosure Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process.

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