Residential Property Solicitor

Black & White Legal Search
Dunham Town, UK
Closing date
14 Oct 2020

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Responsible for: To manage a range of Residential Conveyancing property matters from initial instruction to the conclusion of the matter

Key Tasks
  • Ensure usage of Service Level Agreements with differing clients
  • To give estimates of costs to new clients using agreed fee scale
  • To take initial instructions for Sale and Purchase of residential matters
  • To open files and progress matters in line with departmental procedures
  • To undertake administrative work on files including letter and form production and photocopying as required
  • To liaise with clients, estate agents, commercial agents, mortgage lenders and solicitors by telephone, post, e-mail or in person, as necessary, at every stage of the transaction
  • To manage a range of property matters from initial instruction through to matter conclusion
  • To undertake any additional delegated tasks including dealing with pre exchange of contract work, title reports, searches, raising enquiries etc
  • To manage post-exchange work and registrations, including completion statements
  • To manage post-completion work including stamping of documents, Registration and Scheduling of Deeds
  • To maintain your own diary and handle matters arising, in liaison with other Legal Advisers
  • To cover the residential property work of other Legal Advisers in their absence and assist where possible in relation to all other property related enquiries
  • To ensure the confidentiality of all the firm's and clients' documentation
  • To undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall to have a responsibility towards self-development
  • To achieve agreed levels of time-recording (as appropriate) in conjunction with the Marketing team, to contribute to business development activity and networking events
  • To provide support to other Legal Advisers and Assistants in the Residential Property Departments, as may be required
  • To undertake any other tasks as may be required from time to time relating to residential property matters.

Knowledge & Skills Required
  • efficient and well organised, with good control of diary systems and competent in the firm's computer facilities;
  • ideally a qualified Solicitor with at least 4 years' PQE but applications will be considered from those with alternative relevant qualifications or who can demonstrate equivalent skills and experience;
  • excellent knowledge of residential property processes and procedures;
  • effective oral and written communication skills;
  • pleasant and positive manner in dealing with colleagues and clients;
  • ability to evaluate a situation in the face of time constraints and react appropriately;
  • good time management, file organisation and personal organisation;
  • working in a team, sometimes referring cases to the head of department;
  • supervising and delegating work to trainee solicitors, paralegals and legal secretaries as appropriate;
  • arranging and attending further client meetings where necessary to progress with the case and finalise documentation;
  • checking all documentation prior to signing and implementing;
  • calculating claims for damages, compensation, maintenance, etc;
  • administrative duties, e.g. completing time sheets so that charges for work can be calculated and billing clients for work done on their behalf;
  • taking referrals from other firms of solicitors when a conflict of interest arises or if they have no specialist practitioner available;
  • keeping up to date with changes and developments in the law by reading journals and law reports;
  • undertaking a range of continuing professional development (CPD) activities;
  • be involved in the firm's marketing activities generally.
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