Conveyancer

Experience level: Advanced
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday)
Team: Conveyancing
Location: Solent
The firm

Shoosmiths - UK Law Firm of the Year Winner at the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2015.

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 Private Client Practice Group offers excellent service and legal advice and are commited to delivering an amazing client experience for companies in the UK. We all need a lawyer to look after our personal affairs at some point in our lives. Whether it's helping to buy a new home, settling a legal dispute or claiming compensation for a life-changing accident or medical injury, the law protects what is important to us. Today we call our Private Client offering Shoosmiths Access Legal because that's precisely what it does. It gives our private clients access to the law through friendly, approachable people who know that understanding individual need is the first step to making the law work.

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 you informed: emails and progress updates at key stages of the transaction, a website that allows you to track the progress of your 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

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

To be expert with the technical elements necessary to provide a quality and comprehensive conveyancing service with a customer service focus and working in accordance with the Valued Legal Services Agreed Behaviours.  To effectively manage and develop support staff.

Main responsibilities
  • Be completely familiar with the entire Conveyancing process to include post completion work and be familiar with the roles of support teams such as New Business and Accounts in the process.
  • Check legal titles to all freehold transactions and be able to deal with all elements of these transactions.
  • Check legal titles to leasehold transactions and deal with all elements of these transactions.
  • Deal 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.
  • Be responsible and accountable for files.
  • Recognise problems and refer these appropriately.
  • Ensure that files are run in an orderly manner with minimum administrative and accounting errors.
  • Attend any training sessions arranged by the Department at the reasonable request of a Team Manager.
  • Attend external training courses to be fully up to date with changes in the law and conveyancing procedures.
  • Be aware of associated areas of law such as Probate, Insolvency, Matrimonial which may affect transactions.
  • Confidently and calmly deal with difficult telephone conversations with any of the key stakeholders in the process.
  • Competently draft non standard correspondence of a technical nature.
  • Manage workloads effectively as well as those of the support staff.
  • Effectively manage support staff by leading, encouraging and supporting whilst recognising any performance issues which should be dealt with or referred appropriately.
  • Become familiar with the wider aspects of the housing and conveyancing markets.
  • Achieve financial targets set for billing by Team Managers.
  • Attend monthly meetings as reasonably required and assist in implementing agreed departmental procedures.
  • Support Team Manager and department with marketing initiatives when required and collecting management information.
  • Deputise for Team Manager in their absence

PERFORMANCE STANDARD

  • Dress appropriately and deal with all contacts in a professional manner.
  • Act at all times in accordance with the Valued Legal Services Agreed Behaviours which are published on the department section of Channel 9.
  • Treat clients and suppliers with equal respect.
  • To arrive punctually at the office and to cover additional hours if required.
  • Deal effectively with times of commercial 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.