LFEPA recruiting for new legal role

The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which is responsible for the London Fire Brigade, is looking for its first head of legal and democratic services, following a shake-up of its internal legal function.

The new role is a merger of the authority’s previously separate head of legal and head of democratic services positions, following head of legal Steve Starling’s retirement.

Existing head of democratic services, Jill Lightbown, is unable to take up the role as she is not a qualified lawyer.

The new recruit will oversee the LFEPA’s legal team of 12 fee-earners and two trainees, which has a yearly external legal spend of £172,000.

The recruitment process is being conducted by the former director of law and democratic services at the London Borough of Hackney, Claer Lloyd-Jones, who is a consultant at Rockpools.