Senior Planning Solicitor

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

37.0 Hours per Week

Band G: £49,590 – £55,859

Incremental progression is dependent on performance

Full time or Part time (25 hours) considered

When you join the team at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, you can expect to work alongside a team of like-minded professionals who are committed to providing the highest standards of services for the people of this vibrant community. From social services to schools, infrastructure to housing, our departments work collaboratively to ensure the best evidence-based outcomes, at a time when we are embarking on an ambitious path of growth and development across the borough. Furthermore, we have extensive plans for enhancement of the borough playing a key role in developing the local economy through our involvement.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Solicitor within the Legal Services Department to provide a wide variety of planning policy and procedural work on behalf of the Council, Partners and Clients.

The role will require you to provide advice and represent the Council’s planning functions in areas of Development Control and Planning Enforcement. You may be required to attend planning appeals and public enquiries and will attend the monthly Planning Committee meetings to give advice to members and officers. You will also be required to train members on probity and deal with any member interest arising at committee. Your work will concentrate predominantly on Town and Country Planning matters.

You should be a qualified Solicitor/ Barrister/Legal Executive with a current practising certificate; with excellent oral, written and communication skills and a sound knowledge of planning law.

You should also be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, combined with the ability to achieve deadlines and work to a high degree of accuracy. The role requires you to be customer focused, develop and maintain excellent customer relations, whilst thinking commercially and strategically.

In return for your extensive legal knowledge, you will have the opportunity to be involved in some particularly high profile and engaging projects for Solihull.

We also offer:

  • A range of flexible working options, including the ability to work from your home or Council premises as required, including in person attendance at committee meetings.
  • Generous annual leave entitlements with the opportunity to purchase up to 10-days additional leave per year
  • A flexitime scheme with up to 24 days per year
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
  • Family and carer friendly policies
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee benefits including staff discounts, subsidised travel passes and Cycle 2 Work Scheme

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact Santokh Gill, Team Leader, Litigation at

Interview dates: 9/10 November 2023

Please note we do not accept CVs.

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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