Main Purpose of Post
The postholder will be responsible to the Council Solicitor - Land & Property for the provision of a comprehensive land and property legal service to the Council (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council).
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Carry out professional duties as a qualified Solicitor including the provision of legal services, advice, support and advocacy in connection with an assigned caseload in relation to Land and Property.
2. Provide accurate, timely and professional legal advice on matters (including the interpretation of legislation) to officers of the Council and other bodies, and to draft reports, attend meetings and committees in relation to same as directed.
3. To Assist the Council Solicitor (Land and Property) in the provision of legal advice in relation all land and property matters which relate to Councils' functions and Council's estate and property portfolio.
The post holder will liaise with Councils' Land and Property Department, Capital Works and Infrastructure Department providing strategic guidance and support to the chief executive, elected members and council officers as required.
The post holder's responsibilities will include but is not limited to:
· First Registration of council lands including the review and registration of councils' title, resolution of title issues and boundary agreements
· The transfer and registration of Off Street carparks from DFI
· Defense of adverse possession/encroachment claims and the issue and defense of property litigation matters
· Dealing with grant of easements and wayleaves
· undertaking of general conveyancing matters including the acquisition and disposal of Council assets, leases and licences
4. Instruct Counsel, where appropriate, and to ensure appropriate professional support for Council as necessary in matters on which Counsel is instructed to appear.
5. Liaise with the Council Solicitor (Land and Property) and deal with the initiation and defence of claims arising in contract and property litigation matters.
6. Act in the defence of judicial review proceedings.
7. Deal with claims both prior to and post proceedings, the consequences of same and to give advice when required on limitation of liability for future claims in compliance with Council's risk management strategy and ensure same is implemented.
8. Undertake all duties in a proactive manner and comply with all relevant time limits and Rules of Court.
9. Undertake continuing legal education/ professional development as required by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
10. Liaise and negotiate directly with officers of the Council and other bodies at all levels internally and externally, Junior and Senior Counsel, Solicitors, Court Officials, Consultants and Experts, Government Departments, Insurers and Statutory Agencies as required.
Applicants must, at the closing date for receipt of applications: ·
Be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland and hold a current practicing certificate; and · Have a minimum of two year's post qualification experience of providing legal advice on Land and Property matters, including first registration and use of Land Registry Landweb system.
If you would like to discuss this role in confidence please contact us on 028 2564 2699 or alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org