Experience level: Advanced
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday plus Saturdays 9.30am-4.30pm on a rota basis.)
Team: Conveyancing
Location: Northampton
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Shoosmiths Private Client Conveyancing Team offers a highly professional conveyancing service designed to make the process of buying or selling your personal property anywhere in the world as efficient and stress-free as can be.

A transparent pricing structure and a commitment to a no-move-no-fee service give you confidence and certainty at a time when you need it most. Our continuing commitment to excellence drives innovative means of keeping clients informed: emails and progress updates at key stages of the transaction, a website that allows tracking of the progress of a move online at any time and extended operating hours seven days a week.

Shoosmiths remains the largest firm of conveyancing solicitors accredited under the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme. The conveyancing service provided by our Private Client Practice maintains the same high standards corporate clients have come to expect of Shoosmiths and is consistently commended in national consumer service awards.

The role

Due to continued growth in the team, we are seeking confident and experienced Conveyancers to join our legal team based in Northampton on a full time basis. The working hours are 37.5 per week working Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.30pm (taking an hour for lunch) plus Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm on a rota basis along with fellow staff in your team.  Time off in lieu is given for each Saturday that you work.

Main responsibilities

The role will involve running your own Conveyancing caseload and so we are looking for candidates who are familiar with the entire conveyancing process, preferably in high volume. You will be dealing with work from instruction through to post completion, and all types of transactions including leasehold flats; plots etc.

In addition, you will be dealing efficiently with purchase of plot transactions, sales of part and more complex matters such as the purchase of freeholds, drafting of easements, drafting of Statutory Declarations or Declarations of Trust subject to supervision where reasonably prudent.

Skills and qualifications

We are looking for candidates who we can support to hit the ground running with minimal supervision.

You will have experience in checking legal title to all freehold and leasehold transactions and be able to deal with all elements of these transactions and will possess a proven track record for winning and servicing new introducers and clients, developing systems and support staff to grow a business.  The ability to draft more complex precedent documentation would also be beneficial.

In addition, you will have experience in drafting non-standard correspondence of a technical nature.

You will be aware of associated areas of law such as Probate, Insolvency and Matrimonial which may affect transactions and will also be familiar with the wider aspects of the housing and conveyancing markets.

You will be enthusiastic, organised and determined in order to help the residential conveyancing department continue to service its clients in a highly professional manner, using your excellent customer service skills. As part of a high volume department, you will be be able to work well under pressure and will demonstrate confidence to use own professional judgement and be able to prioritise your work load. Collaboration is key here at Shoosmiths and so you will be an excellent communicator and have the ability to work as part of a team and advise and support others, including assistants and administrators. One of our four values is to show initiative and so you will also possess self-management skills and be able to work efficiently to meet exchange targets as part of your monthly objectives.

Benefits package 

Shoosmiths has an outstanding benefits package; we believe that all staff should be rewarded for their commitment to the continued success of the firm. These can include:

  • A pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5.5%
  • Generous life assurance cover for peace of mind, up to 8 times salary
  • Up to 23 paid working days holiday per annum with the option to buy up to 8 additional days. You can choose to 'flex' twice a year - January and July
  • 'Happy Birthday!' - have a free day off to celebrate and a £50 voucher to spend! (We won't take it from your annual entitlement)
  • Childcare vouchers which are not subject to tax or NI
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Staff introduction bonus scheme
  • Corporate discounts on a wide variety of products and services
  • Discounted conveyancing and legal advice, for instance for wills and family trusts
Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.