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Legal Officer (Rochdale)

  • Contact: Rachael Keoghan
  • Tel: 01925 377 878

Job Details:

We are currently recruiting a Legal Officer based in Rochdale on a 3-month contract.

37 hours per week
£14.62 per hour
3 month contract

Purpose and Objects of the Job:
To assist the Legal Service in carrying out its duties and to achieve its objectives.

Responsibilities:
The postholder must –
1. Perform his or her duties in accordance with all Rochdale Council’s Policies including Equality and Diversity Policy.

2. Ensure that Rochdale Council’s commitment to public service orientation and care of our customers is demonstrated.

The postholder’s principal duties will vary depending upon which team within Legal Services the postholder is based (Litigation or Property)

Values and Behaviours:
Approach the job at all times using the values set out in the Rochdale Way:
• Valuing our people
• Focusing on customers
• Acting with integrity
• Using time and money wisely
• Working together
• Always learning and improving
Be aware of and apply the Rochdale Way behaviours at all times.

Principal duties (Litigation)
The duties will be drawn from the following depending on experience and ability progression on the career grade-
1. Preparation of cases to be dealt with in the Civil Courts, including injunctions, proceedings for the recovery of debts and possession of land and landlord and tenant matters including arranging and participating in telephone conferences and representation at Court.

2. Preparation of cases to be dealt with in the Criminal Courts, including breaches of legislation relating to Benefit Fraud, Food Safety, Public Health, Education Welfare, Consumer Protection, Building Regulations, Town and Country Planning, Landlord and Tenant, Environmental Management and the giving of cautions to offenders.

3. Dealing with permanent street closure applications and applications to remove travellers, including attendance at Court.

4. Dealing with notices and orders under various legislation, such as tree preservation orders, footpath orders and traffic regulation orders, including reporting to Committee and attendance at Public Inquiries.

5. Preparation of contracts, agreements and deeds, including those relating to building works, the adoption of highways, planning and community care.

6. Making of Compulsory Purchase Orders, arranging Public Inquiries and assisting in the preparation of the Council’s case, vesting of land in the Council and dealing with claims for compensation and applications to the Lands Tribunal.

7. Analysing and advising upon evidence in respect of both civil and criminal matters, drafting summonses/informations, statements of case, originating applications and attending pre-hearing meetings to advise

8. Undertaking advocacy at the County Courts or Magistrates’ Courts including preliminary hearings, interim applications and trials.

9. Attending and participating in mediation meetings

10. Preparing briefs for Counsel to attend Court Hearings and Public Inquiries.

11. Attending conferences with counsel and assisting Counsel at Hearings and Public Inquiries.

12. Joint working with Solicitor on Employment Tribunal cases

13. Joint working with Solicitor on planning appeals and planning enforcement matters.

14. Advising the Council’s Licensing Office on matters relating to the Licensing and Gambling functions of the Council. Acting as Legal Adviser to Members of the Council on the Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee

15. To develop or assist in the development of Council policies and procedures.

16. To keep up to date with relevant law and policy and advise Members and Officers accordingly.

17. Providing assistance to the Solicitors in Legal Services as required.

18. Such other tasks as required by the Senior Legal Officers.

19. Carrying out research and giving advice at the appropriate level to all Council services.

Principal duties (Property)
The duties will be drawn from the following depending on experience and ability and progression on the career grade·
1. Work involving acquisitions of the freehold, leasehold, sub-leasehold and/or possessory titles in land and property, approval of the legal contracts, investigation of registered and unregistered titles and reporting on all matters arising and then advising on all implications, restrictions, complex issues and matters arising including solutions to deal with potential issues prior to exchange of contract, raising all appropriate enquiries and searches prior to exchanging contracts, exchanging contracts, drafting conveyances, assignments, leases, sub leases, transfers and any other legal document required to ensure that the negotiated legal estate Is being acquired, raising all appropriate requisitions and searches prior to legal completion, requesting all appropriate legal undertakings and dealing with the subsequent discharge and cancellation as appropriate, formal completion, post-completion formalities including dealing with HM Customs & Revenue regarding Stamp Duty Land Tax and registration of the Council’s title at the Land Registry.

2. Work involving disposals of the freehold, leasehold, sub-leasehold and/or possessory titles in land and property, dealing with title check requests in respect of a disposal to advise as to whether or not the title is sufficient for the disposal envisaged, advising on all implications, restrictions, complex issues and matters arising from that title check which would prevent the disposal and offer effective solutions to enable the disposal to proceed, drafting the legal contracts including all relevant conditions, preparing evidence of the Council’s title and all associated documentation, dealing with any title problems and advising on and taking such necessary action as is required to perfect the titles, dealing with the responses to all pre-contract enquiries and searches raised by the Buyer’s Solicitors, exchange of contract, approval of conveyances, assignments, leases, sub leases, transfers and any other legal document drafted and submitted for approval to ensure that the negotiated legal estate Is being disposed of, dealing with replies to requisitions on title and all searches raised by the Buyer’s Solicitors, formal completion, providing any legal undertaking and ensuring it Is discharged and cancelled and post· completion formalities.

3. Work in the drafting and/or approving from receipt of instructions to completion of leases, building agreements, development agreements, overage agreements, licences, tenancy agreements, tenancies at will, wayleave agreements, other agreements, easements, rent reviews, deeds of surrender, variation, rectification, release, covenant and other miscellaneous transactions, enforced sales, sale of repossessed property, statutory vestings and drafting of all deeds and documents as appropriate in relation to land and property and any nature of transaction.

4. Work involved in the sale of Council houses, flats and maisonettes and drafting the appropriate deed, dealing with the removal of the discount protective entry on the Charges Registers of the property title and issuing Certificates of Exemption If considered requisite.

5. Work Involving mortgages to purchase, improvement loans, transfer of mortgages, redemption of mortgages, discharge of mortgages at the Land Registry and other miscellaneous transactions relating to mortgages.

6. Work includes dealing with ail post-completion problems which may arise
a. including advising and finding effective solutions.

7. Work involving ground rent title issues, any other title Issue, claims of possessory titles or prescribed rights both by and against the Council and any other land and property issue of whatever nature.

8. Work involving Lands Tribunal cases and Leasehold Valuation Tribunal cases.

9. Work involved in perfecting the Council’s title to land and property as and whenever necessary.

10. Work involved in Building Schools for the Future, Housing Market Regeneration and/or any project/scheme from time to time requiring land and property advice

11. Work involving all land and property matters/transactions of both a residential and/or commercial nature and at the appropriate level.

12. Preparing briefs for Counsel to advise upon, attend Court Hearings and Public Inquiries.

13. Assisting Counsel at Hearings and Public Inquiries

14. Providing assistance to the Solicitors in Legal Services as required

15. To develop or assist in the development of Council policies and procedures.

16. To keep up to date with relevant law and policy and advise Members and Officers accordingly.

17. Such other tasks as required by the Senior Legal Assistant

Apply online or contact Rachael at Peel Solutions for more information.

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