Lawyer - Forest of Dean Council

Lawyer - Forest of Dean Council

  • Location: Coleford
  • Salary: £42,821 per annum
  • Hours: 37
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 25 January 2022
  • Interview Date: 31 January 2022

Forest of Dean District Council


An exciting time to join Forest of Dean District Council!

Our district is already a special place. We are looking for candidates that will help us improve it, making it an even better place to live, learn, do business and enjoy. To do this successfully, we need to remember its rich cultural and economic heritage and to build on the area as an aspirational place with a reputation for nurturing amazing people. We want the Forest of Dean district to be a place where residents have a fantastic work-life balance and feel secure in their communities – creating a draw for industry to nestle amongst the wild spaces. A modern, connected Forest with deep roots.  So join us to celebrate this wonderful area; its towns, its communities, and help them thrive, by delivering good quality well paid jobs, enhancing our education provision, improving housing options and the social mobility of our young people

About the role…

Are you a qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive with experience in one, or a combination of the following fields: Property, (including Landlord & Tenant, Commercial and Residential Conveyancing) Planning and Local Government? If so, you will be welcomed as part of a friendly team who provide a comprehensive in-house legal service to advise on a range of matters.

The successful candidate will be a highly organised team worker who can respond to deadlines, has excellent customer services skills and proficient with MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint.  The ability to adapt to changing situations is essential.

You should also have the ability to work promptly under pressure using initiative and adopting a proactive approach, leading meetings with good negotiation skills whilst having a high standard of communication.

Within the District, there are plenty of places to see and visit whether you love hiking or cycling.  With our agile working ethos: you will be spoilt for choice. 

You will need…

  • 3-5 years’ experience in one, or a combination of the following fields: Property, (including Landlord & Tenant, Commercial and Residential Conveyancing) Planning and Local Government.
  • Experience of time management and task prioritisation to meet inflexible deadlines.
  • Experience of working as a member of a team to produce high quality work.
  • Fully qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive.

Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel

Please note that it is intended that the post holder will be based at the Forest of Dean Council Offices, High Street, Coleford.  However, the successful candidate will have to travel to Cotswold District Council or West Oxfordshire District Council from time to time.

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Susan Gargett, Interim Head of Legal Services on 01285 623223 or email

Closing date for CV’s: 25th January 2022 @ midnight
Interview Date: Week commencing 31st January 2022

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623079/70

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.


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