Head of legal services - Cornwall Council

BBL Technical Limited
Truro, Cornwall, TR1
£490 per day
19 Jan 2019
03 Mar 2019
Professional / Specialist
Contract Type

Head of legal services - Cornwall Council

Pay: £500 a day

Duration: 6 months

Hours: 09:00 - 17:30

Scope: Inside IR-35

Sector: Public

Job purpose:

  • The Head of Legal Services is a member of the Senior Leadership Team in the Assurance Service and will work with colleagues to shape and deliver Service plans that support delivery of the Council Strategy.
  • Acting as the Council lead for the professional functions within their portfolio, they will provide leadership to staff and work with partners, colleagues and senior managers to ensure delivery of all aims and objectives, taking overall responsibility for Legal Services to both internal and external customers.
  • Leading the Legal Service on a day to day basis and developing the strategic positioning of the Service so that it can be relied upon to provide efficient and effective legal advice for all areas of the Council and actively contributing to the delivery of the Council's objectives.
  • Promoting the legal service to external public sector clients and providing effective and valued legal services and support to external public sector clients.


Annual financial accountability:

Accountable for the effective management of the Legal Service's total budget of approximately £2m.

Management accountability Functions managed:

• Legal Service management and development

• Provision of legal advice and support to the Council on all areas of law relating to each function

• Provision of legal advice and support to external public sector clients

• The promotion of the Legal Service to external public sector clients

Number of staff managed:

• Total number of employees that report to the role (directly and indirectly) : Approximately 70


  • Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent, and evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Evidence of leadership of a relevant function or portfolio of functions at senior management level, within a local authority or other organisation of comparable scope and complexity.
  • Evident ability to work across organisational and professional boundaries, to make a contribution to the establishment of the desired organisational culture and to challenge inappropriate behaviour.
  • A proven track record of successful change management, implementing and delivering new working policies and practices alongside significant cultural and structural change that deliver improved services for customers in a more efficient way.
  • Track record of building effective teams and leading multi-disciplinary professional staff to achieve organisational aims and objectives.
  • A track record of successfully developing effective and productive partnerships both internally and externally that achieve organisational aims and objectives.
  • A successful track record of establishing and sustaining a performance management culture, supported by effective and efficient management information systems.
  • Proven experience of successful financial management including budget formulation, financial planning, monitoring and control, within tight financial limits in a complex organisation.
  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent and evidence of commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Up to date knowledge of local government legislative framework and administrative law.