Paralegal

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 paralegal with experience gained within a residential team? Do you thrive working in a fast paced and client focused environment? Are you interested in joining a growing business with a strong track record of progression and development for its people? If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you…

We have an exciting opportunity for a paralegal to join our residential conveyancing team. The role is to provide paralegal support to members of the residential team and will offer exposure to re-mortgage and transfers of equity work.

Your key duties will be:

  • providing paralegal and administrative support to the team
  • dealing with clients and other solicitors enquiries under supervision
  • preparing matters for completion including financial arrangements with clients and third parties under supervision
  • dealing with sales and purchases both freehold and leasehold, and mortgages
  • opening and closing of files and conducting conflict searches
  • dealing with general correspondence
  • handling telephone calls, queries and enquiries where appropriate
  • producing forms and documentation
  • completing dictations
  • drafting documents
  • completing registrations at Land Registry
  • completing and filing SDLT returns

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a minimum of 12 months’ paralegal experience, ideally gained from within a residential conveyancing team
  • experience in dealing with Land Registry portal
  • experience using a case management system
  • strong IT skills and fast, accurate typing ability

Key competencies you will need:

  • the ability to deal with client meetings and key client contacts
  • the ability to keep clients routinely updated and deal effectively in responding to changing client demands
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines and high volumes at a fast pace whilst maintaining accuracy and good attention to detail
  • the ability to prioritise a workload
  • drive, enthusiasm, commitment and a team player approach

Candidates must be interested to pursue a career in Residential Conveyancing and will ideally hold a legal qualification.

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.