As a business we're growing, and our national Property Disputes practice are contributing to that through some exciting new client wins. Partner Mark Barley now has an exciting opportunity for a Paralegal to join the team in Southampton.
What will you be doing?
The team deals with technically complex high value real estate litigation as well as general commercial property management. We have an enviable client list, made up of landlords and tenants (with national portfolios), developers and investors, ranging from significant public and quasi-public sector bodies to FTSE 250 household names across a range of sectors including retail, leisure, telecoms, energy, central and local government, charities and transport and infrastructure.
You'll play an important role assisting our lawyers in a wide range of contentious commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant (e.g. 1954 Act renewals, dilapidations and break notices), telecoms and general property issues such as adverse possession, easements and title disputes. You'll draft correspondence and court documents, assist with disclosure, conduct legal research and monitor key dates. Along with regular supervision and support, there will also be plenty of opportunity for regular client contact to enhance your communication and relationship building skills. The team is extremely busy so you'll be able to get stuck into great quality client work immediately. You'll be supported by a tight knit, friendly team with a collegiate approach and a firm wide commitment to development.
So what are we looking for?
Due to the growth in our work, as well as the variety and complexity of what we do, this role ideally needs some previous property litigation paralegal experience, though we will consider anyone with previous experience in real estate or litigation . You'll also be highly organised, efficient and able to prioritise effectively as we often work to tight and urgent court deadlines. In this client facing role, you'll also need to be able to build and maintain strong relationships.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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