Paralegal

Closing date: 25/06/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Corporate
Location: Birmingham
Specialism: Real Estate Finance
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. 

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Our Team:

Our Real Estate Finance team has extensive experience in advising banks, building societies and other funders including property investors and developers. We are one of the largest teams in the West Midlands with a team of around 30 people experienced in Islamic finance issues alone. We advise our clients on a variety of matters including development finance, facility letters, guarantees, investment finance, loan book management, LPA receivership, priority/subordination deeds, security documents and short-term lending.

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 a blend of working from home and our Birmingham office hub, as well as ad hoc travel to our other hubs.

The role:

We have a brand new opportunity for an enthusiastic and driven experienced Paralegal looking to join our Real Estate Finance team.

You will mainly focus on dealing with reports on title and processing completions in a close-knit and fast-paced team. 

This role would suit someone who enjoys and works well under pressure, is looking for excellent development in a collaborative team and exposure to quality clients.

You key duties will be:

  • working independently and managing your own caseload which includes drafting of all enquiries, emails and other correspondence
  • reviewing title and accompanying legal documents 
  • preparing reports on title including various legal research when required and dealing with all relevant duties in relation to completions
  • dealing with clients and firms of solicitors in a professional manner and maintaining close contact
  • handling all queries and enquiries efficiently
  • maintaining good file management
  • participating in department and team meetings in a positive and proactive manner
  • assisting other team members as and when required
  • working to strict deadlines

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a qualification in conveyancing is desirable but not essential
  • a minimum of 6-months experience in a fee earning role
  • technical and legal knowledge of conveyancing
  • experience dealing with a high volume caseload gained within a fast paced commercial property environment
  • experience of using case management systems

Key competencies you will need:

  • good attention to detail and accuracy
  • ability to prioritise workload
  • strong IT skills and fast, accurate typing ability
  • drive, enthusiasm, commitment and a team player approach

About you – you will be:

  • highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
  • keen to learn, interested in driving your own career progression and be proactive in taking ownership
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.