Lawyer - Property Law Team - 16827

East Midlands, South East, South West, West Midlands
Birmingham , Bristol , Exeter , Peterborough , Reading
Manley House, Kingfisher House, Horizon House, Kings Meadow House, AQUA HOUSE BIRMINGHAM B3 1AQ
Staff Grade 5
Legal Services
It is anticipated that the post holder will work generally across the Property Law Team. You will have the opportunity to assist in the provision of advice on key national flood defence projects and commercial acquisitions/disposals as well as supporting Legal Services colleagues across a broad range of property related work. We welcome candidates with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds who bring with them skills in these areas or other relevant transferable skills.

With support for your in-role development, you will have some autonomy over managing your own caseload. You will be responsible for accurate and timely legal advice to all parts of the Environment Agency, but predominantly focusing on Estates and Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) clients. You will represent the Environment Agency’s interests effectively with external lawyers, Government and other stakeholders and provide advice in associated areas. We have included the full list of accountabilities in the Candidate Pack.
Our lawyers provide specialist property law advice on all forms of property related work in the Environment Agency including but not limited to large strategic projects, sustainability, net zero and the Land Strategy as well as advising colleagues in Estates and FCRM Delivery Hubs on transactional property law work. Lawyers also advise on title due diligence, negotiation of heads of terms and acquisition of the land and interests necessary for the Environment Agency to operate.
We are looking for the following:
• An excellent grounding in property law
• Willingness and aptitude to rapidly get up to speed on new legal issues
• Confidence and experience to assimilate a new area of law quickly
• The ability to write detailed legal briefings for use at director/board/government level, and to compose correspondence in response to challenging external questions
• The ability through experience to assist with the provision of advice to managers, officers and lawyers upon the direction and conduct of property casework.

Applicants from other common law jurisdictions are welcome, at the time of applying they must be fully qualified in England; a Practising Certificate will be required.
For an exceptional candidate we may consider a base other than that specified. National travel is required. Candidates seeking flexible working, including job share are welcome.

We offer a generous career average pension scheme and a wide range of other benefits. We serve a diverse range of colleagues and make a real difference to the environment. We believe this, and the quality of work, are the biggest rewards this opportunity presents. The Environment Agency strives to be an inclusive, equal and diverse organisation. It is important to us that our workforce is representative of the diverse needs of the communities we serve. The candidate pack contains more information on the roles and the application process.

For further information contact Will McKenzie: or 07557 846678.

14/05/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Influences and Persuades Others
Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.
Current Practising Certificate
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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