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Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association In-house event 27 th March 2013 Kevin McKee, Acting Principal Commercial Solicitor, City of Edinburgh Council [email protected] 0131 529 3906. My background. Trained at large firm and worked 6 years’ PQE in Projects team

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Scottish Young Lawyers’ AssociationIn-house event27th March 2013Kevin McKee,Acting Principal Commercial Solicitor, City of Edinburgh Council [email protected] 529 3906


My background
My background

  • Trained at large firm and worked 6 years’ PQE in Projects team

  • Undertook project for CEC on secondment

  • Returned to private practice for 1 year before taking permanent position with CEC


City of edinburgh council
City of Edinburgh Council

  • 16,000 employees (largest employer in city)

  • Annual budget of circa £1bn

  • UNESCO world heritage site

  • Strives to be great city to work, live, study and visit.


Cec legal
CEC Legal

  • 36 Solicitors, 2 trainees (4 trainees next year).

  • Split into Commercial, Property, Litigation, Childcare, Licensing and Employment.

  • Internal charging system, client-firm ethos

  • External panel of firms


Typical work
Typical work

  • Large projects (Trams, Zero Waste, 21st Century Homes, Connected Capital)

  • Events (Festival, Hogmanay, sporting events)

  • High profile matters (Property Care investigation)


Typical work1
Typical work

  • General commercial contracts

  • Data Protection

  • Freedom of Information

  • RIPSA

  • Procurement

  • State Aid

  • Internal Governance


Benefits
Benefits

  • Varied workload

  • Not pure legal role

  • Interesting – mix of legal, commercial and political issues.

  • Work/life balance

  • Large organisation with career opportunities– lawyers in various senior positions

  • Public Service


Challenges
Challenges

  • No client/lawyer filter

  • Breadth of potential issues to be advised on

  • In-house procedures and policies

  • Reputational issues

  • Political sensitivities




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