Job details

Reference number - 2665-3296

Location - Portsmouth, Hampshire

Salary - Band 8 £28,785 - £31,370

Job type/hours - permanent - Full time

Closing time/date, 5:00 pm Wednesday 30th October 2019

Applications received after this may not be considered.


At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

We are looking for a Legal Assistant to assist the Principal Solicitor (Contracts) by drafting a range of legal documents related to procurement, contracts, commercial and local government law.

You will be working closely with a range of departments across the council.  You will provide quality advice and support to departments of the Council as allocated to you by the Principal Solicitor (Contracts). 

As your role develops you will have your own case load consisting of contract, procurement and other non-contentious matters in accordance with the demands of the Service.

What you'll need to succeed

Experience working in a legal team, either in-house, private or public sector with a good working knowledge of contract law.  Together with experience of preparing legal documentation in respect of routine / non-complex cases using precedent documentation and assisting as part of a project team as required.

Have a working knowledge & ability with regard to Microsoft packages and experience in using a legal case management system and be able to promote and maintain effective working practices, such as compliance with LEXCEL practice accreditation

What you'll get in return

An excellent package of benefits, including:

•  Flexible working hours
•  Excellent working environment
•  Membership to a fantastic pension- the Local Government
   Pension Scheme
•  Up to 30 days annual leave
•  12 days additional flexi leave per year (subject to operational
•  Option to buy up to 10 days additional annual leave
•  Staff discounts for travel/ local concessions
•  Cycle to work / car benefit scheme
•  Season ticket loans
•  Discounted membership at multi-site leisure centres within
   the city of Portsmouth; and
•  the opportunity to develop your future within the legal services
   Career Development Framework.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the "Job Profile" to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

If you have any questions, or would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Paul Griffith on 023 9268 8488

We look forward to speaking with you soon.


If you have any queries, contact us on 023 9284 1191 (8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:00pm Friday).

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it.


DBS Disclosure at Standard level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

How to apply

There are 3 ways to apply: