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Head of Legal Services/Monitoring Officer

Vacancy Summary
Adur & Worthing Councils
Competitive Salary
Worthing Town Hall
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
20/01/2021 at 17:00 PM
Vacancy Description

Head of Legal/ Monitoring Officer

Local Authority

Competitive Salary



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Legal to join a council with a national reputation for innovation.  The Council are multiple award winners including several awards for digital transformation and housing services.  They were impressively the only District Council shortlisted for Council of the Year in both the MJ and LGC Awards in 2020.

As Head of Legal you will lead, manage and modernise the Legal team. The team will undertake an internal transformation to make the best use of technologies - building on what is already a great, effective team, leading them into a more commercial and agile way of working. You will encourage the team to build on their creativity and support them to become a leading legal team for a leading council.

As the Head of Legal Services, you will champion innovation, creativity, trust and probity,  directing Legal Services to ensure that its strategies, procedures and activities are developed and delivered to meet the needs of the council Officers, Members and Communities.

As the Head of Legal, you will be working for a joint council and manage a legal team of 18 members of staff covering the following areas of law; Property, Contracts, Planning, Governance & Regulatory. You will also lead as the Monitoring Officer for the two councils, holding responsibility for Governance arrangements of the Councils and its Committees. You will take a fresh look at their constitution ensuring modern practises and therefore you will have a solid understanding and practical experience of delivering in a Deputy/ Monitoring Officer role.

You will ensure that the Council performs its duties and functions in fulfilment of its statutory obligations and you will be responsible for ensuring relevant compliance with the Financial Regulations, Contract Procedure Rules, Constitution, Council Procedure Rules and Scheme of Delegations of the Councils.

The local authority has a broad range of ambitious projects underway; with a major regeneration programme, a large strategic housing programme, innovative work in sustainable energy and habitat restoration, and ongoing sector leading digital transformation.

This is a really exciting time to join this Council where your work will contribute towards the delivery of one of the most exciting and dynamic programmes of change in local government.

The Council has continued delivering on its programmes throughout the pandemic,  and you will relish this kind of professional challenge, where adaptivity, creativity and pace are highly valued.

You will demonstrate managerial leadership values and behavioural competencies, providing positive leadership, acting with openness, honesty and integrity, and instilling a clear sense of direction and pace.

The Council are happy to consider this role on a very flexible and predominately remote basis, consequently candidates who aren’t necessarily local are encouraged to apply.

Benefits of the role:

  • Exceptional flexible working opportunities/ predominately on-going remote role
  • A progression opportunity
  • Excellent transport links
  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent Local Government Pension scheme

Essential Criteria:

  • Qualified Solicitor or Barrister
  • Experience working within a Local Authority setting
  • Experience managing a team (directly)
  • Monitoring/ Deputy Monitoring Officer experience

If you believe you have these necessary skills and experience for this role, please apply now, or contact Amy Swain at Sellick Partnership for a confidential chat on 0161 513 0886, or via email on

Equal Opportunities
Adur and Worthing councils have a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils are equal opportunities employers and encourages applications from people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, people of any religion or belief or sexual orientation and job sharers. Childcare subsidy is payable in appropriate cases. Work base location is indicated, however you may be asked to work at any such place within the Adur District and Worthing Borough Council Service’s area as required.

Additional Information
As part of Adur & Worthing Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.
How to apply

If you believe you have these necessary skills and experience for this role, please apply now, or contact Amy Swain at Sellick Partnership for a confidential chat on 0161 513 0886, or via email on


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