Senior Social Housing Lawyer

Closing date: 07/03/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Social Housing Sales
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
The opportunity

Let us introduce ourselves…

It is the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams; together we win.  As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!   

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves from how you dress, to how, when and where you work – we focus on outputs. 

Our Team:

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.

The role:

We have a new opportunity for a driven Lawyer looking to develop their career and join our thriving and collaborative Social Housing team. 

You will work closely with a talented team, predominantly in the sales of affordable homes and provide high quality services to a varied portfolio of clients.  You can enjoy knowing that your role working with charity housing providers can make a real difference.

We would be keen to hear from you, if you are a Solicitor, Associate, CILEx-qualified or non-qualified fee earner with experience and genuine interest in Social Housing.

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
    • Lease Extensions
    • Deed of Variations
    • Leasehold Schemes for the Elderly
    • Staircasing
  • assisting on large complex deals with appropriate supervision, and also building up your own caseload of straightforward matters
  • liaising with Registered Provider clients and providing practical advice in a timely and confident manner whilst knowing their business and customer needs
  • handling enquiries efficiently
  • working to strict deadlines

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in real estate matters, ideally Social Housing
  • previous BD experience is desirable, but not essential
  • previous experience in managing own caseload
  • be able to provide technical support to junior fee earners
  • strong IT skills
  • the ability to manage files effectively
  • an appreciation of office financial procedures
  • experience of training and coaching junior team members

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
  • have commercial awareness and knowledge of the importance of pricing
  • 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

Agile Working:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be predominantly home based with travel as required to any of our office hubs.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

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.