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Head of Legal Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

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West Northamptonshire Council
c.90k - c.90k
One Angel Square - Northampton
Closing date:
24 September 2021 at midday
Head of Legal Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

Salary c.90k

This is an exciting opportunity in one of the largest new Unitary authorities; West Northamptonshire Council (bringing together County and District and Borough councils). The Council serves Northampton which is the largest town in the country, and also covers the key towns of Brackley, Daventry and Towcester.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of legal services, as well as helping to shape this new council and put West Northamptonshire on the map as an employer of choice and an innovator in local government.

The Council has set a number of strategic objectives which this high profile position will play a key role in delivering. The role will have responsibility for managing the Legal Services function as well as acting as Deputy Monitoring Officer.

Legal Services currently consists of a range of providers, including the external provider Pathfinder Legal Services, which is a local authority owned company delivering legal services in relation to upper tier council functions, together with the in-house team which delivers the former District functions. The in-house team is expanding to take on the work currently carried out by existing contracts entered into by predecessor Councils. The intention is to build a new comprehensive legal service which will deliver for West Northamptonshire.

The role would also oversee Corporate Governance including key functions such as managing Whistleblowing and preparing the Code of Corporate Governance, together with working alongside the Council’s internal auditors to ensure sound Corporate Governance. The Information Governance function includes working with the DPO and Information Governance Manager to deliver three key functions of Information Requests, ensuring the Council’s compliance with Data Protection legislation (including GDPR) and also establishing the Council’s approach to records management.

In return we offer a competitive salary of c. £90k per annum, hybrid working, an attractive annual leave entitlement and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme as well as other employee benefits. If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Catherine Whitehead (Director of Legal and Democratic) on 07399 405941.

Your application, in the form of a covering letter and CV can be submitted via email to, closing date for applications is midday on 24 September 2021. Interviews will be held on 5 and 6 October 2021


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