Planning Lawyer - Senior Associate
About the role and team
Our Governance and Commercial team are seeking a Planning Lawyer. The role will involve assisting the Legal Director in building the existing planning practice and supporting new and existing projects with an emphasis of working with local government/public bodies and registered provider clients. There is also the opportunity to diversify the work carried out in the team to include energy/environmental and carbon related matters.
The present team comprises Legal Director, Legal Assistant, solicitor (Highways) but the team enjoys close links with colleagues in the local government property team.
- To support both the Department Leader and Department Manager in ensuring the smooth running of the department in line with the agreed strategic department business plan, delivering in all three of the people/client/finance elements of the firm’s agreed sustainability matrix; being able to deputise in their absence (including potentially for sabbaticals).To provide consistently high quality legal services, and to be a principal point of contact for specified existing and prospective clients.
- Ongoing management responsibility for the delivery of some areas of departmental performance in line with the agreed strategic business plan (specific areas of responsibility to be agreed locally).
- Assist the Department Leader/Department Manager in the medium and long term department business planning.
- Supervisory and/or mentoring responsibility for junior fee earning staff, including developing legal and general business skills; managing junior fee earners in working towards their personal targets (delegating appropriate work/matters, trails, work in progress and aged debt targets) and to be closely involved in the development review process including action plans.
- Participate in the development of the practice through active involvement in project groups, theme/s and committees, identifying and pursuing solutions that benefit the overall firm. This may include some work out of office hours.
- Efficient and effective administrator evidenced by good knowledge and application of the firm’s internal systems, to include file and risk management procedures, and office account cheque signing authority.
- Principal point of contact for a number of key clients and/ or new business intermediaries, and able to identify potential cross selling opportunities and to develop them effectively by introducing colleagues from the relevant area of the firm.
- Involvement in the negotiating and reviewing of terms with clients, to ensure ongoing commerciality, and deliver pricing consistency across the department; and to regularly review our offering to clients to ensure ongoing quality of service.
- Active involvement in business development by identifying and engaging self and colleagues in progressing new business opportunities
- Involvement in the presentation of workshops, seminars and lectures for the benefit of clients, colleagues and professional advisers, both in house and outside the firm’s offices. This will include opportunities to network with others to heighten their awareness of the work of the practice.
- Assist in the recruitment process for junior fee earning staff and secretarial staff, and/or graduate assessment centre for trainees/paralegals.
- Maintain the highest standards of honesty, confidentiality and integrity in all dealings with clients, colleagues, and all people with whom you come into contact.
- Record accurately and comprehensively all time (both chargeable and non chargeable hours) in accordance with the firm’s time recording system.
- Monitor and use all endeavours to achieve own monthly, annual or other periodic targets for time recording, billing, WIP and level of aged debts.
- Keep up to date regarding The Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and act at all times within them.
- Meet all the requirements of the rules concerning Continuing Professional Development and do so in such a manner that best serves the interests of the firm.
- Demonstrate personal effectiveness in all aspects of team working and team leading, (department meetings, away days, training, and social events) and have a detailed understanding of the main business activities of the firm. Prioritise attending Communications Group meetings.
- Carry out all other reasonable duties as required in order to maintain efficient operation of all aspects of department’s and practice’s needs.
About the candidate
The ideal candidate will be 3+ years PQE, and have planning, highways, CPO experience, some experience in dealing with energy/environmental and carbon reduction matters would also be advantageous.
About the firm
Anthony Collins Solicitors is a specialist law firm with a clear purpose – to “improve lives, communities and society". For over 40 years we’ve been successfully combining market-leading legal expertise with a commitment to excellence and long-term relationships underpinned by a strong set of values.
What makes Anthony Collins Solicitors distinctive, beyond simply being a sector-specialist law firm, is our people and the values we share. We’re extremely proud of the calibre of people that we attract; people who are inspired by our values, motivated by our vision and work with our clients to positively influence the society and communities we are building together.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.