Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Real Estate
Location: Thames Valley
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

Our Real Estate group is one of the largest real estate teams in the UK, advising an impressive range of clients including commercial and residential developers, investors, major corporate occupiers and banks/funders. Offering exceptional market knowledge the team holds an outstanding reputation with clients and the market generally. “Clients are full of admiration for this team, noting it combines outstanding technical expertise with a “very” responsive service” (Chambers).

Main responsibilities
  • Assisting a busy department with post-completion matters, including completion of SDLT returns and submission within deadline, serving notices of assignment and making Land Registry applications.
  • Drafting and negotiating licences, leases, easements and other transactional property documents.
  • Communicating with clients and external solicitors (both in writing and by telephone).
  • Assisting on large portfolio transactions, preparing title/sale packs and setting up and uploading information in data rooms.
  • Undertaking due diligence exercises and completing/assisting with reports on title.
  • Assisting on matters connected with other legal departments including for example corporate transactions.
  • General administration tasks in support of the real estate team.
Skills and qualifications
  • Degree/ILEX qualified, (LPC desirable).
  • Self confidence and ability to demonstrate initiative.
  • Ability to grasp things quickly and easily.
  • Calm under pressure with ability to find solutions.
  • Enthusiastic with a positive, can do attitude.
  • Good working knowledge of various applications – Word, Excel, Outlook, digital dictation.
  • Flexible with the ability to adapt to change, new practices and cope under pressure.
  • Good organisational skills to ensure that tasks are effectively scheduled within time available, and that all work, including work with urgent deadlines is completed and returned within the specified timescales.
  • Friendly and helpful approach to dealing with queries.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Sense of humour.
  • Able to integrate within a team as well as working on one’s own initiative.
  • Ability to deliver a top-quality service to both internal and external clients at all times, including under time pressure.
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.