Head of Legal (Assistant City Solicitor)

£68,209 - £77,954

About the District 

Bradford is pretty unique, with a special dynamic.  We’re big, diverse, captivating and caring. We have the best of the Dales alongside a vibrant city. Across the District we have great communities, different but connected by our passion for our place.  In Bradford we all belong, in different ways, and we care. 

We’re also one of the biggest local authorities in the country and a thriving District, with an urban city centre and historic towns.  This brings all the strengths and dynamism you’d expect alongside some well identified challenges. 

Bradford is the fifth largest metropolitan local authority district in England in terms of population with 530,000 people. Nearly one third of the population is aged under 20, making Bradford the youngest city in the UK and more than 150 languages are spoken within the district. The local economy is worth £11.6bn and is the tenth largest city economy in England and the third largest in the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

The city is undergoing major regeneration as part of the council’s economic development strategy. There are plans for a clean air zone and a children’s trust, all of which give us a challenging and exciting future. Reflecting the city’s diversity, the council also won The MJ’s Innovation in Building Diversity category as part of The MJ’s 2021 awards.  

The council’s chief executive Kersten England says: ‘The scale of the place and its opportunities and challenges are phenomenal. It’s a place where you can make your mark, is never dull and always satisfying. Often people don’t get the scale of Bradford and we have huge ambition for the place. Our finances are stable and we’ve good reserves. We’re aiming to launch one of the largest clean air zones in the country. We’ve also submitted a bid for City of Culture.’ 

Assistant City Solicitor 

An ambitious legal expert with desire to be pro-active in both the local authority and the local community is sought by the City of Bradford MDC.  The Assistant City Solicitor will be involved in the success of the whole organisation, taking a corporate perspective. At the same time the council’s key priorities, regeneration, net zero, a new children’s trust, will all generate a challenging agenda for its legal team. 

The council is planning to set up an arm’s length Bradford Children’s Company from April 2023 with an independent chair and board of directors and the Council’s Legal Services will provide the necessary legal expertise, working with legal teams from partner bodies involved in the new trust. We also have significant priorities around economic growth, regeneration, planning and housing. 

The new Assistant City Solicitor will be the Deputy Monitoring Officer, and so will be suitably qualified. They’ll bring a depth of successful legal experience from or close to local government, will have excellent political antennae and will be used to exercising excellent professional judgement, under pressure, in the spotlight and in challenging circumstances.  They’ll also bring a highly corporate perspective, with the capacity to lead on issues beyond legal services, to build excellent relationships and help shape civic culture.  Importantly, they’ll help guide the way through the myriad difficult issues faced by a large, high-profile District like Bradford, finding solutions where possible and, where necessary, drawing the line.  They’ll bring strengths around key corporate priorities – regeneration, planning, children’s services, and experience around supporting the highest standards of public service. They’ll be respected, will connect with our communities and our aspirations, and will bring a hunger for improvement, excellent service and high ambitions.  The right person will find a welcome home in Bradford, with the buzz and energy of a District that’s looking to the future. 

Bradford Council positively encourages applications from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

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Milestone Date
Application deadline Monday 25 April
Longlisting (technical) interview 15 + 22nd June
Final Panel – Interview and assessments TBC
Please note that the timetable may change. Any changes will be indicated on this recruitment website. If in doubt, please contact Proventure to discuss.

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