Paralegal (12 Month Fixed Term Contract) – (2000002Q)
Gowling WLG is an international law firm with more than 1,400 legal professionals and a presence in Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. We provide our clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world from the perspective of our clients, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed – no matter how challenging the circumstances.
“Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do” Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.
There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone’s different contributions we achieve more.
Working flexibly, working fairly
Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.
By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.
About the Team
The Housing Development and Regeneration Team work alongside top 10 residential property developers including The Miller Group, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Bloor and Gleeson Developments. It is among the best known names for residential development legal work and plots sales in the UK. With more than 40 experts dedicated entirely to this discipline, it is also one of the biggest.
The areas of residential development expertise within the team include: serviced and un-serviced parcels of land and property, overage, strategic work such as complex and simple options, planning and infrastructure agreements and site assembly, joint ventures, large scale consortium developments, building licences and development management agreements, with a separate sub-team providing plot sales and part exchange transactions.
The team also has a very strong offering to affordable housing providers such as Sanctuary, has market-leading expertise in private rented sector investment, and advises on some of the largest and most complex regeneration and transport projects in the UK (such as Brent Cross).
Main purpose of job
Our business is growing and we are looking for a Paralegal to join the Affordable Housing Conveyancing Team to manage your own caseload of volume plot sales and residential property acquisitions for Registered Providers of Social Housing and other housing providers in respect of:
- Open market plot sales (both freehold and leasehold);
- Shared Ownership plot sales;
- Retirement scheme plot sales;
- Help to Buy/Fixed Equity/Discounted unit plot sales; and
- Re-sales and interim staircase transactions
- Right to buy and right to acquire transactions
- Surrender and regrants
- Lease extensions
Main duties and responsibilities
The role will have a residential property focus and will be based in the plot sales part of the team. You will be managing your own caseload of volume instructions using a case management system in relation to:
- Sales of plots – freehold and leasehold for housing developers and/or for registered social landlords;
- Sale and purchase of residential properties and land for Registered Providers
- Updating clients on case progress both by formal weekly reporting, case management updates and telephone conference calls
- Working with the team to improve and further develop the streamlining of processes for specific worktypes
- Assist with supervision of less experienced member of the team
- Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager of the firm or Practice Operations Manager.
Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture you will be expected to play your part in ensuring the continuing success and growth of the team. Experience of working in a legal environment would be preferable but not essential.
You should be able to:
- Manage your own caseload from instruction through to file closure, to tight deadlines, in accordance with client’s agreed procedures and any service level agreement.
- Remain calm under pressure and prioritise your workload effectively.
- Work in a team environment (this may include working as part of a bigger project team) and support your colleagues.
- Give clear, practical advice with sound commercial judgment and swift accurate implementation of instructions.
- Understand property related deeds and documents with experience of drafting Leases, Transfers and other property related deeds and documents.
- Investigate title, carry out title reviews and prepare reports on title.
- Carry out searches, do research and analysis, deal with enquiries.
- Communicate appropriately and confidently at all levels within the team and the wider business as well as with clients, agents and other parties in person, by phone, letter, email or other communication means.
- Use your initiative to solve problems, resolve queries and be proactive.
- Manage financial hygiene.
- Supervise less experienced members of the team.
You should have:
- Previous experience of working in a residential development related role ideally – however any candidate with experience in the residential property sector, having worked in a similar role, who can meet the other criteria in this specification, is encouraged to apply.
- Strong organisation and communication skills.
- Attention to detail and numeracy skills.
- Good interpersonal skills and confidence in liaising with others.
- Effective Time management skills.
- Excellent Keyboard, IT and data entry skills.
- Problem solving abilities.
- Project management skills would be beneficial but not essential.
Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.
At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone’s potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.
Snow Hill Birmingham
Birmingham B4 6WR
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