Assistant Solicitor/CILEX/Barrister

Contract type
Post number
Civic Centre
£38,890 - £40,876 per annum
37.5 (banking 30 minutes per week to be used towards the shut down between Christmas and New Year)
Closing date
Interview date
To be confirmed

We are looking for an experienced and motivated litigation lawyer to join our Litigation team at Harlow Council.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of conducing civil and/or criminal litigation in the County Court and /or Magistrates Court, be able to work on his/her own initiative and give advice on a wide range of legal issues.  Extensive experience of housing litigation would be an advantage.  This includes but not limited to: housing disrepair, homelessness matters, possession proceedings, anti-social behaviour and civil injunctions.  A good working knowledge of general litigation, regulatory, licensing, environmental related law and commercial and residential property litigation would also be an advantage combined with a flexible, ‘can-do’ attitude and motivation for learning new areas of Local Government Law.

The role is varied, interesting and fast paced.  You will be joining a progressive team with a good reputation for its service and commitment to client satisfaction. 

We welcome applications from qualified lawyers who have previous experience working for a Local Authority, however experience from Private or other public sector organisations will also be considered. 

In return we can offer a positive team ethos and supportive environment with the opportunity to develop your skills and expertise as well as a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working hours, and a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) Pension Scheme.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Julie Galvin, Legal Services Manager – 01279 446045 or Dimple Roopchand, Principal Solicitor – 01279 446075

The closing date and time for this vacancy is: 12 noon, Friday 11 December 2020.

Please note - the shortlisting for this vacancy will take place in December and the interviews will take place mid-January.


Protecting the health and wellbeing of residents and staff will always be the Council’s priority. Safety measures to help stop the spread of the virus have been put in place and we have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 and completed a COVID-19 risk assessment for all of our buildings. Please visit our Coronavirus page on our website for more information. And our COVID secure poster lists the commitments and compliance we have made to follow the government guidance.

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To apply, please email your completed application form to 

You will need to send your application form as an email attachment, rather than providing a link to a cloud-hosted document like Google Drive or OneDrive. 

You can also collect and submit application forms in person at the Civic Centre. 

Please note Harlow Council does not accept CVs.

We also have a Word version of the job application form