Senior Lawyer

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£46878 - £50071
One Angel Square
Job Type
Full Time

Are you ready to take the next step in your career, in an organisation where you will be supported to excel professionally? If so, join the new Legal Team at West Northants Council, one of the newest and the fourth biggest Unitary Councils in England.

We are continuing with the growth of the new team and are seeking 3 talented Senior Contracts Lawyers to sit within the Corporate legal area.

If you have experience in commercial contracts and procurement matters, we want to hear from you.

Our benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, these include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 28 days annual leave per year, 29 days for senior managers (pro rata, depending on how many hours per week you work), plus bank holidays. An additional 5 days, linked to continuous service, and ability to purchase up to 6 weeks additional leave per year.
  • Cycle to Work scheme. 
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Car Lease scheme
  • Payment of professional subscription / membership - If your job description requires that you are registered with or are a member of a professional body, WNC will pay for your professional subscription or membership fees.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities.
  • A variety of flexible working options to support your work/life balance, including full or part time, term time, 9-day fortnight, etc. (subject to business needs).
  • Our West Ways of Working – We want our workforce to thrive, and we equip our employees with the right technology to support hybrid and collaborative working, on or off site, depending on the role.
  • Making a difference - If you want to use your skills and experience with an organisation that are genuinely invested in making a difference, are committed to improving people's lives, and whose success has a direct impact on the wellbeing of your family, friends and people in your local area, then West Northamptonshire Council is the place for you.

What will you be doing?

Your duties will involve:

  • Working alongside the procurement team to assist a variety of in-house client departments with their contracts for goods, services and in relation to major projects
  • Maintaining a full caseload of contracts matters
  • Knowledge of frameworks, call-off contracts, bespoke drafting and concession contracts
  • Public health related contracts and grant funding agreements
  • Advising on subsidy control
  • Providing general advice on contractual matters
  • Assisting with policy and procedures related to contracts and procurement
  • Assisting in the training and supervision of Paralegals and Legal Assistants as may be required

About you

No two days are the same at West Northants. We deliver legal services across a wide range of council departments giving you exposure to a broad range of legal work. Therefore, if you are looking to further develop your existing local government experience, change sector into local government or return to work after a career break, you won’t find a better place to do so. Whilst local government experience is not essential, a passion for delivering an excellent legal service in a fast-paced environment and a desire to help shape and deliver an exemplar local authority legal service is.

West Northants is a great place to work. With a focus on career development, wellbeing, flexibility and support, this is an opportunity for you to take the next step on your career journey in a supported environment. We have mentoring, coaching, training and many other opportunities available to assist and develop you, to ensure your success in the role and your ongoing progression and success within the Council. We will also consider a variety of flexible working arrangements.

For more information please visit our designated legal recruitment pages at Jobs with Legal Services | West Northamptonshire Council ( or contact Nicki Agalamanyi, Head of Legal (Corporate) on 07901 931853 for a confidential discussion.

About us

At West Northants Council, it’s about our people. People who thrive with ambition, bubble with new ideas, demand better ways of working, caring about every detail, and who never shy away from a challenge. Our culture is a gateway for new experiences. A place to forge new opportunities. To empower you in your career and unite you with like-minded people.

Our vision is ‘to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive’. We truly stand by this and work hard every day to make this a reality. Our corporate values, THRIVE, stand for: Trust, High Performance, Respect, Innovate and Empower, they underpin everything we do and how we deliver services. 

Hear more from our Chief Executive, Anna Earnshaw, about what it's like to work at West Northants Council  

We are committed to ensuring diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion is woven into the fabric of WNC and everything we do, to enable all colleagues to develop and maximize their full potential.  We are a disability confident employer, a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and a Care Leaver Covenant partner

The following film was created by us to communicate our intentions - watch WNC colleagues explain what DEI means to us.


If you need additional support or reasonable adjustments during the application process, including needing the job description in another format or language, please email for support.

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