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West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF
£35,964 - £41,069 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week

This position has expired.


We are keen to employ a diverse workforce that reflects the people of Scotland. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly from groups currently under-represented, including people with disabilities, those from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds

West Lothian Council is one of Scotland’s most successful local authorities and is based in Livingston.

Legal Services provides comprehensive legal and committee services to the council and is made up of four teams — Committee Services, Licensing, Litigation, and Property/Planning.

This is a full time, permanent post although part-time job share may be considered.

This is a varied and challenging role as part of a small, busy team. As a member of the Property/Planning team, the post-holder is expected to undertake all types of general property/planning business associated with supporting the functions of the Local Authority, including contract, procurement and information management and governance advice in addition to commercial, property and planning related business and such other business as may be allocated to them to assist the Chief Solicitor to ensure the delivery of high quality, timely legal advice and support to meet customer expectations.

The postholder will be expected to continually look for opportunities to drive forward improvements within the property/planning team and support the development of the skills of legal services and client officers targeted at meeting the priorities of the Council.

The post holder will also be required to act as Clerk to council bodies and undertake such other areas of work as required.

The post is suitable for and will be of interest to an enthusiastic and motivated solicitor seeking a position which brings the unique challenges of being an in-house legal adviser.   The successful candidate will be client focussed and proactive in the identification of issues relevant to council services.

In addition to the technical competencies required the successful candidate will have excellent communication and team working skills.   They will deliver advice to team members, council officers and elected members in a clear and concise manner, demonstrate a commitment to excellence in customer service and a flexible approach 

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