Head of Legal

Reference HQ00020094
Directorate Head of Legal Services & Deputy Monitoring Officer
Service Milton Keynes Council
Contract Type Temporary
Location Milton Keynes
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 01/10/2020
Hours per week 3 days per week
Rate Contact us

About the job:

We are seeking a Head of Legal to provide operational and strategic vision, strong leadership and support as a key management role and be accountable for the effective delivery of the Legal Service.

The purpose of the role is to proactively lead and manage the delivery of Legal Services and be the Deputy Monitoring Officer for the Council and a member of the Law and Governance Management team.

To ensure the Legal Services are run in the most cost effective and efficient way the focus for the candidate will be:

-budget management

-restructure of social care legal team

-managing principals

-reducing eternal legal spend and working closely with the Practice Manager to get the financial and productivity reporting right in preparation for the permanent candidate



  • Be accountable for the provision and development of Legal services
  • Deputise for the Director Law and Governance as required which includes the role of Deputy Monitoring Officer.
  • Be responsible for the Legal services budget including monitoring and reporting with a view to delivering savings and a cost-effective service.
  • Personally, provide high quality and timely legal advice and legal professional work to the Council.
  • Ensure that the Council receives timely, cost effective and customer focussed legal advice that appropriately meets the needs of all stakeholders and customers including work with Departments in developing appropriate legal performance reporting.
  • Develop, implement and review the Service Plan.
  • The role encompasses accountability for the leadership, planning, organisation and management of the Legal service.
  • As the deputy to the Director, to advise Councillors, colleagues and the public on the most strategic and confidential matters across the organisation.
  • To be the named Deputy Monitoring Officer to act as Monitoring Officer when the Monitoring Officer cannot so do and to support the Monitoring Officer as required.
  • This role will also need to procure and act as the contract manager for external legal services and advice and be responsible for the management of external legal spend and as the ‘intelligent client’ to enable better decision making and ensure value for money.
  • The services will be led and managed in accordance with corporate standards and in adherence to key corporate objectives with regard to:
  • Financial and budgetary management
  • Achievement of agile working objectives
  • Meeting corporate values and behaviours
  • Enhancement of commercial capacity
  • Ethical, transparency and customer service standards.

The role holder will represent the services at relevant Committees. They will also represent the Council on relevant outside bodies, government bodies and other agencies as is appropriate to the services.

The role holder will lead on establishing consistent practices and procedures for Legal Services.

The role holder will lead an overall team of around 30-35 team members and will have direct line management responsibility for up to 6 staff as well as being the Deputy Monitoring Officer

The role holder will have overall responsibility, via the respective budget manager for each service area, a budget of £1.7 million, with £1.6 million being staffing costs.

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