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Specialist Lawyer - Commercial and Governance Team

Bristol City Council
Bristol (GB)
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

Bristol City Council

Specialist Lawyer - Commercial and Governance Team

Salary: BG14 £46,549 - £49,590

Contract: Permanent, Full Time

Based at: City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Ref: VAC004030


In-House Construction Lawyer – Local Government.

Are you ready for a move into a role that will see you leading on a wide range of varied and interesting projects and offer an excellent work/life balance?

Bristol City Council is a large and forward-thinking authority that regularly undertakes and substantial and innovative construction projects and is looking for a construction specialist able to lead on such matters.

Working in a small supportive team of in-house commercial lawyers, you will be an experienced construction lawyer wanting to join a dynamic legal function, with a substantial pipeline of projects for you to lead on and influence (e.g., commercial, large-scale residential, highways, energy works, upgrades, repairs and maintenance etc). The team advise a very wide variety of internal client teams within the Council, so excellent communication skills will be essential.

This role will see you involved in matters often from inception; advising on which form of contract should be used, drafting additions/amendments, warranties, bonds, PCGs etc. You will advise on legal risks particularly in relation to the procurement process. Fully involved in most projects, you will be the lawyer responsible for advising on tender support, from choosing the procurement route all the way through to contract award stage.

This position will suit an experienced and highly communicative Construction Lawyer or contentious Construction Lawyer seeking an in-house opportunity. You will need the confidence to work closely with senior management when needed and dealing with high profile and/or politically sensitive case work.

You will have

  • Considerable experience of advising on and taking responsibility for the conduct of complex cases without supervision. A good working knowledge of the most popular standard forms of construction contracts, The ability to share knowledge and experience within the team The ability to work as a team player and build strong client relationships. Experience of resolving disputes prior to litigation and/or public procurement would be advantageous.


Why Bristol City Council?

At Bristol, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is fast moving and supportive. You will have the opportunity to use both your existing knowledge and skills and develop in new areas within a high profile and progressive organisation, and on work integral to the implementation of the City Council’s innovative commercial agenda.

Join us and you’ll receive a generous rewards package, including flexible working (including job share), home working, flexitime, membership of the Local Government Pension scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. In addition, you’ll be working in an environment where you’ll have the chance to contribute to making Bristol a better place.


How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please select the apply button below.

To be shortlisted for interview you’ll need to demonstrate how you meet each of the essential criteria in the Person Specification within the Further Information section of your application. On occasion we will receive high numbers of applications, we may then shortlist against the desirable criteria along with the essential criteria, so if you can, please demonstrate how you meet this in your application.

For further information, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification or alternatively, please contact Sinead Willis on

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the city we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community. Appointments will be made on merit

Closing date: 1 June 2023.


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