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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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