Planning Lawyer

Highways England
Birmingham, West Midlands
£47,304 per annum
23 Oct 2019
06 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Your new role

As a Planning Lawyer with sound experience in planning and highways law, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the strategy for implementing the second Road Investment Strategy is legally sound, encountering diverse and exciting legal challenges along the way. Although you will predominantly advise across planning and highways law you may also be required to get involved across a full range of areas of the business, meaning no two days are the same. We are responsible for delivering some of the largest infrastructure projects in England, as a result the work you will be entrusted to complete will have a significant impact on us delivering what we have promised.

This is an excellent opportunity to take the next step in your career.

What you'll be leading on

* General drafting, negotiating and advising on highways and planning agreements.

* Giving strategic advice on planning and highways applications and considering the implications of planning applications for the Strategic Road Network.

* Providing advice on compulsory purchase, highways law, permitted development, planning conditions and DCO requirements, judicial review, consultation and High Court challenges.

* Working with external lawyers on the delivery of the Road Investment Strategy including advising on Development Consent Orders.

* Delivering highway schemes under the Highways Act 1980

* Assist with general and varied legal queries affecting the Company

To be successful

* Qualified to practice as a Solicitor or Barrister in England and Wales.

* Demonstrable experience of planning and highways law.

* Knowledge and understanding of highways and road traffic legislation.

* Strong communication skills with the ability to build relationships with stakeholders and influence across all levels of the business.

* Desirable - Previous experience of working on complex infrastructure projects

A bit about us

The General Counsel Directorate encompasses the company's legal team and the Company Secretariat function. They provide an effective legal service to the company, and support the Board, Chief Executive and its committees on a wide range of issues. The team provide strategic legal advice on commercial, planning, operational and legislative matters, supporting the Road Investment Strategy and ensuring legal compliance and limiting risk exposure.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our role profile for more information.

Why you should join us

At Highways England, safety is our number one priority. It is one of our core values, as well as a behaviour we expect from our people.

Our vision is that everyone who uses our roads, as well as those who work for us, get home, safe and well. Our Home Safe and Well approach sets out our commitments and how our employees can contribute.

Working for us, you'll recognise the behaviours required to achieve our vision, and help create a fair and just culture for us all. You should be able to fully understand the hazards and risks that are involved in your work, and follow our procedures safely.

We want you to feel able to raise health, safety and wellbeing concerns with your colleagues, and to challenge unsafe conditions or behaviours wherever you see them. We're always seeking to improve our performance, and want you to be at the heart of that - helping us all get home safe and well.

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