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Experienced Residential Conveyancer / Solicitor

Department: Social Housing Sales
Locations: Stratford-upon-Avon
Role: Fee Earner
Closing Date: 9th March 2020

The firm

Shakespeare Martineau is a Top 55 law firm that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country.

As enterprising and original thinkers, we’re driven to create exceptional experiences for our clients and our people. We handle personal and business-critical issues and game-changing deals across many dynamic sectors. It’s stimulating and rewarding.

We’re hardworking and deeply ambitious about creating opportunities for our employees; to move forward and achieve our ambition together. We provide an environment in which you’re supported to reach your potential.

Our people have a blend of excellent technical and business skills with the talent to do things differently.

Here you’ll find top quality work, cutting edge training, high profile clients, and supportive colleagues. We think it could be time you joined us.

The team

Our multi-disciplinary Real Estate group is highly regarded by our clients and within the sector. It comprises not only lawyers but also town and country planners. We’ve brought experts into our services in planning, development, investment, landlord and tenant matters, social housing, construction and litigation with a particular emphasis on energy, housing, education, finance and investment funds.

Our Social Housing Sales team is one of the largest in the Midlands specialising in all aspects of property acquisition and disposal for more than 60 Registered Providers across the country. We lead our competitors in the delivery of extracare housing for people over the age of 55. In the last 12 months we have disposed of more than 250 void residential dwellings, 450 extracare properties and 300 shared ownership units.

Responsibilities

The role:

Are you an experienced Residential Conveyancer or Solicitor looking for a chance to drive your career in our fast-paced Social Housing Sales team?

Based in our Stratford-upon-Avon office, you will be working predominantly in the sales of affordable homes.  You will provide high quality services to a varied portfolio of clients and can enjoy knowing that your role working with charity housing providers can make a real difference

You’ll have good potential to develop in managerial responsibilities and will play an important part in contributing to the future growth and success of the team 

You don’t need previous Social Housing experience; what we are looking for is someone with solid residential conveyancing experience and the enthusiasm to specialise in this interesting and niche area. 

Your key duties will be:

  • liaising with clients in a professional manner
  • work with a team of experienced lawyers on a broad range of acquisition work; including:
    • dealing with outright sales
    • VRtB
    • RTA
    • Shared Ownership
    • Repossessions
    • Leasehold Schemes for the Elderly
    • Staircasing. 
  • assisting on large complex deals with appropriate supervision, and also building up your own caseload of straightforward matters
  • handling enquiries efficiently
  • working to strict deadlines

Skills and experience you will have:

  • up to 5 years’ experience of property conveyancing, social housing experience is preferred but not essential (for newly qualified candidates, relevant experience gained during your training contract is essential)
  • previous BD experience is desirable, but not essential
  • previous experience in managing own caseload
  • strong IT skills
  • the ability to manage files effectively
  • an appreciation of office financial procedures

Key competencies you will need:

  • a desire to specialise in this area of law
  • a desire to enhance client relationships through day-to-day activity
  • excellent communication skills
  • a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment
  • excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • the ability to work in a busy team

Additional information

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

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