Paralegal - Sales & Home Ownership

Exeter, Devon
14 May 2021
13 Jul 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Legal Support, Paralegal
Contract Type

Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East, we provide a full-service integrated offering.

Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.

We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.

While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.

Who we are:

Real Estate is a key focus of our business.  From investment and management of existing assets to major development and regeneration schemes, about 60% of our lawyers practice full-time in the sector across a wide range of disciplines including investment, finance, development, construction, asset management, planning, environmental and dispute resolution.  We are ranked by The Lawyer as having one of the UK's Top 15 Real Estate practices overall. 

Where you'll work:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a paralegal to join the Sales & Home Ownership Team in Exeter.  The Sales and Home Ownership team provide a range of services to Registered Providers and Private Developers including shared ownership and open market sales, Help to Buy, interim and final staircasing, licence to assign applications, mortgagee in possession sales, among others.  The team covers a wide range of additional conveyancing matters from acquisition to sales, to meet all client requirements.

What you'll be doing:

  • Providing excellent and timely client service;
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships;
  • Advising private developers and registered providers on the sale of new build properties;
  • Advising registered providers on shared ownership schemes including staircasing transactions and Deeds of Variations;
  • Advising registered providers on right to buy and right to acquire sales;
  • Conduct of files;
  • Assisting members of the team on a wide range of property matters;
  • Advising on leasehold management matters;
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships;
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with the firm's Lexcel procedures;
  • Assisting  on residential conveyancing matters

What you'll need:

The firm operates a paralegal career structure which sets out the competencies we expect of those at this level, and beyond.  In particular, for this role we require:

  • Proven ability to take on responsibility and manage files, independently where appropriate;
  • Strong client focus and a commitment to service delivery; and
  • Ability to prioritise work effectively and meet deadlines;
  • Good communication skills both oral and written;
  • A strong team player;
  • Extensive IT abilities;
  • A positive and proactive attitude;
  • Flexibility and commitment;
  • An ability to operate with minimum supervision;
  • Drive and enthusiasm;
  • A willingness to learn;
  • Willing to go the extra mile;
  • Strong attention to detail with a methodical and logical approach;
  • Common sense.
  • Excellent academic record;
  • The role would suit a candidate with some property experience or paralegal experience;
  • Prior experience in real estate work in private practice, ideally with experience of development matters is beneficial;
  • Experience of handling conveyancing matters is essential;
  • A willingness to develop conveyancing knowledge;
  • A willingness to develop general property law knowledge.

As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.

Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity and inclusion. All applications will be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role and will be treated equally irrespective of Ethnicity, Gender (including Trans and non-binary) Race, Disability, Religion and sexual orientation.