Associate

Closing date: 13/04/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Residential Conveyancing
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
The firm

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. 

The Team:

Our residential conveyancing team are a welcoming bunch. They are dynamic, hardworking and highly supportive of one another in providing a great service to our clients.

The residential conveyancing team act for clients on both new build and private transactions.  The team form part of our wealth super-team, part of our wider life and business unit.

The role: 

Are you an experienced residential conveyancing professional looking for your next career opportunity? Do you have a supportive nature and experience is leading a team? We have an exciting opportunity for an Associate to join our customer focused residential conveyancing team.

In addition to the supervision of our junior fee earners you will be responsible for providing a high quality legal service to clients in the sale and purchase of residential properties with particular emphasis on residential freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, including new builds, Shared Ownership, Right to Buy, Help to Buy and Leaseholds.

You key duties will be:

  • managing a broad caseload of straightforward and complex legal residential conveyancing matters
  • supervising junior fee earners, delegating work as appropriate
  • working with the team on our business development activities to attract new clients and develop relationships with existing clients
  • working closely with a range of clients to provide fast, pragmatic and commercial advice
  • liaising regularly with  individuals involved in transactions including individuals, lenders and agents
  • handling queries and enquiries efficiently
  • maintaining good file management
  • using a case management system
  • supervising of staff

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a minimum of 3+ years’ experience in a similar role with particular exposure to a wide range of residential conveyancing matters
  • a good technical knowledge of residential conveyancing
  • proven ability to manage and support a team
  • the ability to handle your own caseload
  • strong IT skills to include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • a solid understanding of office financial procedures
  • a willingness and enthusiasm to get involved in business development activities, ideally to able to demonstrate a proven track record of success in this area

Key competencies you will need:

  • to be personable with the ability to deal with a broad range of clients and build relationships with partners / key stakeholders
  • a high degree of initiative and ability to cope in a demanding environment
  • excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • an aptitude and interest in business development
  • the ability to complete your own administration

About you – you will be:

  • highly enthusiastic, willing to the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • highly ambitious, hardworking, , and take pride in all you do
  • 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 of this

How we work: 

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, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. This role will have a blend of home and office working in our Stratford-Upon-Avon hub.

Additional information

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.