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Head of Legal Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer) nplaw

Welcome to nplaw and Norfolk County Council

Nplaw is a public sector shared legal service, offering a full range of public sector services to a wide range of clients. We work as a commercial practice, but with a public sector ethos, and we are looking for someone who can successfully balance that approach.

This is a high-profile role, and we are looking for someone who can operate skilfully in a political environment, providing support for members and assisting the Director of Governance in providing governance support to a wide range of Council meetings.

Norfolk County Council changed its system of governance from a Committee system to an Executive system in May 2019, and there is a programme of work underway to further develop governance arrangements following a peer review and a governance review. This work has inevitably been disrupted by COVID-19 but the successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Governance in delivering this programme of work prior to the May 2021 elections.

Nplaw has a large team of lawyers and support staff, with a very successful scheme of creating our future workforce through development of trainee and junior lawyers.

Fiona McDiarmid, Executive Director of Strategy and Governance

“Nplaw is an important team in the Strategy & Governance department. It plays a vital role in advising Norfolk County Council, as well as its wider client base. The Council requires advice that is not only legally sound, takes into account our strategic aims, as well as practical and political influences. We are looking for an excellent lawyer, of course, but also someone who has that pragmatic approach and can instil that culture across nplaw”.

Helen Edwards, Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer

”Thank you for your interest in this role.  We are looking for a talented and creative lawyer to join nplaw as Head of Legal Services and build on the solid foundations put in place by the current postholder.

This is a challenging time to be considering any new role; as this recruitment campaign commences we are in lockdown, with no indication when this will end. Much of the recruitment process will need to be carried out virtually, and we cannot be certain that lockdown will be lifted by the time the successful candidate takes up their role. It is therefore more important than ever that the successful candidate is a person of considerable personal strength and resilience, who can operate effectively even if it is not possible to meet the workforce and clients face to face, and who can inspire colleagues to provide an excellent service even in adverse circumstances. As our clients adapt to the new normal, they will need effective and pragmatic legal advice more than ever before.”

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