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Claire Seneviratna looks at the post of principal solicitor at Wigan MBC ...
Claire Seneviratna looks at the post of principal solicitor at Wigan MBC

Wigan MBC is looking for a principal solicitor to join its legal and property services department and to play an instrumental part in achieving effective governance and excellent services.

The successful applicant will be a qualified solicitor or barrister with experience and practical knowledge of local government law, standards and ethics.

Susan Lowe, director of legal and property services, says: 'Box tickers need not apply for this post. We are looking for someone who is willing and able to help colleagues and work closely with departments across the council.'

Ms Lowe adds: 'Wigan is an authority which is continually modernising. It sets out a clear vision and expects its staff to seek practical and dynamic ways of achieving this.'

The postholder is likely to be someone with a track record in eschewing management speak for measurable achievements. The council is a strong advocate of clear targets for the people charged with delivering its ambitious agenda.

And the benefits of living and working in Wigan are multiple, says Ms Lowe.

'This area has a very good quality of life - there is a lot of affordable housing, excellent transport links to Manchester and Liverpool and it is not too congested.'

The successful candidate would have easy access to the Lancashire coast, the Lake District and the lively seaside resorts of Southport and Blackpool.

The post has a salary scale of£34,566 to£36,147 a year.

Facts and figures

Population 301,415

Males 147,693

Females 153,721

Aged 0 to 15 20.5%

Aged 16 to 74 73.2%

Aged 75 and over 6.4%

Born in the UK 97.9%

Born in EU (inc Rep Ireland) 0.8%

Born elsewhere 1.2%


Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .


Unemployed 3.2%

Student 5.0%

Retired 13.7%

Looking after home/family 5.7%

Permanently sick/disabled 9.5%

Other 3.0%


People with limiting

long-term illness 22.3%

People whose health is good65.5%

People whose health is fairly good22.6%

People whose health is not good12.0%

Ethnic groups

White British98.7%

Mixed race0.4%

Asian or Asian British0.4%

Black or black British0.2%

Other ethnic group0.2%

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