Ryedale District Council - Solicitor

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Ryedale District Council are recruiting for two Solicitors to provide modern, enabling, effective and efficient legal advice to the Council, staff and Members. 

The Council is a dynamic, positive and forward-thinking organisation and they expect their employees to share this ethos. You'll be a qualified Solicitor who is proactive and hungry for making a real difference in a local government setting through championing legal and constitutional compliance and enabling progression through a risk managed, not risk averse approach. The successful candidate will be solutions-driven, flexible and able to actively manage and mitigate risks in the day-to-day progression of Council business.

You'll be responsible for presenting cases and representing the Council in courts and tribunals as well as supporting staff in conducting their responsibilities in a legally and constitutionally compliant manner. You will also contribute to the development of Legal Services, adopting and embedding continuous improvement so that it supports the operation of a modern Council. Additional duties include those of Deputy Monitoring Officer for the Council, conducting property transactions and providing related legal advice and other duties commensurate with the responsibility level of this post.

A confidence working with Elected Members is crucial, as is a resilience when working in a dynamic political and publically transparent environment. You should be confident in carrying out investigations, including those involving adherence to Council standards. Confidence and trust in Legal Services by the public and staff is crucial to the Council, so you'll need to be confident in dealing with a wide range of people and presenting yourself in a clear, credible and helpful way. The successful candidate will need to uphold and promote the reputation and standing of the Council from day one, so a confidence in performing this role is crucial.

Ryedale District Council promotes a modern working environment so you'll be positive about using new technologies and embracing a flexible approach to work. In this role, your responsibilities and caseload will be many and varied, so you'll need to be organised, have the ability to keep calm under pressure and be able to turn your full skills and abilities to the task in hand. This is a varied and challenging role so you'll need to be able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

It is an exciting time to join Ryedale District Council; officers and members are united in their ambition for the residents of Ryedale.

This position is a chance to develop your skills and abilities through contributing to the success of an important local government Legal Services department while embedding and progressing stronger working relationships and wider professional links with North Yorkshire County Council’s legal services.

If you think you have what it takes, apply now.

Stacey Burlet
Chief Executive, Ryedale District Council
Tony Galloway
Interim Deputy Chief Executive, Ryedale District Council

Ryedale District Council is committed to continuing doing what matters for Ryedale through prioritising and achieving sustainable growth, focussing on customers and communities and demonstrating a ‘One Ryedale' approach.

We are an ambitious Council, passionate about our communities and the services we deliver. Providing services for circa 53,000 residents, local businesses and the many visitors to the area Ryedale district covers an area of 585 square miles and is one of the seven districts that make up North Yorkshire.

The Council is recognised regionally as an exemplar for its planning services and is keen to work in partnerships where possible. We benefit from the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership, ensuring we have a seat at the negotiating table.

You would be joining us at an exciting time, a time when we are moving our Vision further forward and turning that vision into a reality. We have an ambitious programme for economic growth with a commitment to create a more enterprising culture and to realise our significant economic growth opportunities. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we are also bringing in new ways of working, co-developing services and supporting our residents and communities to access our services in different ways and promoting self-resilience.

Ryedale is the second safest local authority area in England. Safer Ryedale, the community safety partnership have developed effective multi-agency working and support a network of neighbourhood watch schemes. These groups are the eyes and ears of the Council across the district.

The Council has put in place a financial strategy to ensure long-term financial stability, the achievement of value for money and funding for priorities, we have the opportunity to invest in our future to maximise the benefit to the communities of Ryedale.

The Council has an ambitious agenda to deliver its priorities over the coming years as clearly articulated in the Corporate Plan 2017 to 2022. It is essential to address the continuing austerity measures, realise our economic growth opportunities, be at the forefront of the evolving devolution agenda and to fulfil its ambition to make Ryedale a great place to do business, to enjoy life and to make a difference.

Our services are designed around our customer's needs and we both deliver and commission solutions with those best placed to deliver services on our behalf, achieving efficiencies and resilience in return. When we engage with residents about priorities for the future, a consistent message is that good jobs and a thriving economy are vital to the quality of life for residents of Ryedale, but this must be balanced against maintaining the quality of the local environment which is highly valued. This message is particularly strong from young people.

Some of our key ambitions include:

  • Making the Ryedale district a great place to do business - securing new investment in the district, improving employment opportunities and working with education providers to support people accessing training and education that will skill them for work.
  • Making the Ryedale district a great place to enjoy life - improving the supply of housing and healthy life choices.
  • Making the Ryedale district a great place to make a difference - empowering and involving people in decisions about their area and their services, enabling people to get involved, volunteer and contribute to delivering services locally and facilitating people to access and use alternative service delivery channels.

For more information about Ryedale District Council please visit www.ryedale.gov.uk.

Nestling between the City of York and heritage coastline, Ryedale has the North York Moors National Park form the northern border of the district and the Yorkshire Wolds the southern limit.

Comprising Helmsley, Kirbymoorside, Malton, Norton-on-Derwent and Pickering, Ryedale District has much to offer. An area of stunning contrasts and outstanding beauty, offering one of the most diverse landscapes in England. Filled with historical monuments, bustling market towns, stunning moorland and open countryside offering many opportunities for walkers and cyclists, and those that enjoy a little something more extreme!

Ryedale boasts the largest range of adventurous activities in Northern England. Our great golf courses, rivers to fish, or perhaps the regions watersports, gliding and rock climbing offer the exhilaration you are looking for? In nearby Dalby Forest, star watching events suitable for families take place throughout the autumn and winter months.

New to North Yorkshire?

As the largest county in the country we really do have it all… wide open spaces, traditional market towns, coastal resorts, quaint rural villages, vibrant cities and simply stunning rural landscapes not least within our two national parks. There are a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities as well as excellent schools, universities, road and rail links, there really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy! Our history of strong educational attainment, safe communities, low unemployment, rich heritage and culture offer a variety of pastoral pursuits that makes North Yorkshire a residence of choice.

Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with a little over two hours commute on the main train line to London or Edinburgh!

For further information regarding the region take a look at www.yorkshire.com and www.visitryedale.co.uk.

Job title: Ryedale District Council - Solicitor (two vacancies available)
Location: Ryedale, North Yorkshire
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £37,849 to £41,675

Ryedale District Council requires two Solicitors to provide modern, enabling, effective and efficient legal advice to the Council, staff and Members. These two roles will provide a range of services between them, so we welcome candidates with legal experience and backgrounds in a variety of areas.

The Solicitor is responsible for:

  • Providing effective and efficient Legal advice to Ryedale District Council, Officers and Members of the Council.
  • Presenting cases and representing the Council in Courts and Tribunals.
  • Contributing to the development of Legal Services, adopting and embedding continuous improvement so that it supports the operation of a modern Council.
  • Supporting the organisation and individual officers to carry out their responsibilities in a legally and constitutionally compliant manner.

Job context

Legal services are responsible principally for ensuring the legality of the council’s operations and decision-making, providing high quality support to elected members, the council, committees and all service areas, including supporting officers in the execution of their duties including

Supervision and management of people:

  • Responsible for deputising for their line manager as required.
  • To act as Deputy Monitoring Officer for the Council.

Operational duties

The post holder will be responsible for making decisions in the relation to the setting of work standards and changes to important procedures and service practice, in line with service objectives.

Further information can be found in the job description / person specification document below:

Supporting documents

Contact us

For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, we encourage applicants to contact:

Simon Copley - Democratic Services Manager by email simon.copley@ryedale.gov.uk or telephone 01653 600666, ext 43277.


Tony Galloway  - Deputy Chief Executive by email tony.galloway@ryedale.gov.uk or telephone 01653 600666, ext 43203.

For a discussion regarding the recruitment process please contact Sarah France-Gorton, our recruitment partner, on 01609 798106.

How to apply

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to sarah.france-gorton@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Thursday 15 August 2019.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

This is a politically restricted post.

Key dates

Closing date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Assessment event: Tuesday 27 August 2019

We can be flexible with the interview dates or Skype interviews to take holidays into account, please indicate in your submission if you cannot attend an interview on 27 August, thank you.

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