Legal Executive / Solicitor

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Lime + Corclaim Social Housing
Location: Variable
The opportunity

Are you a Legal Executive/ Solicitor looking for a change?

We can offer you:

  • A competitive salary with great benefits including private medical, 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and a bonus day off for your birthday
  • A varied workload covering
  • A culture of trust, empowerment and autonomy over your work
  • Part of a vibrant, forward- thinking team with the support of friendly, approachable partners who encourage and support your career development
  • Hybrid working with the option of working from one of our Midlands offices, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Stratford

The role:

We are looking for a Legal Executive or NQ-2yr PQE Solicitor to join our growing Nottingham-based Housing Management  team, part of the firm’s wider Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.   

You will provide support to help our legal team deliver great service to our clients, this will include the following:

Your key duties will be:

  • Liaising with clients in a professional manner
  • Working with experienced lawyers on a broad range of residential landlord and tenant and social housing litigation work
  • Assisting on large, complex cases with appropriate supervision, and also building up your own caseload of housing management matters
  • Handling telephone calls, and handling queries and enquiries where appropriate
  • attending at client offices
  • Providing advocacy at court and tribunal hearings
  • Producing forms and documentation
  • Providing quality advice to clients
  • Working to strict deadlines

What you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 12 months’ practical previous experience, ideally gained working within a residential landlord and tenant, social housing team or civil litigation (for Newly Qualified candidates, relevant experience gained during your training contract is essential)
  • Experience of using a case management system
  • Strong IT skills
  • The ability to manage files effectively
  • Excellent client service skills
  • Experience of tenancy deposit schemes, housing condition claims, injunctions, possession claims and rent and service charge arrears recovery is preferred
  • Experience in the county court and First Tier Tribunal is preferred
  • A desire to enhance client relationships through day-to-day activity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • To support the growth of the team
  • A high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment
  • Excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • The ability to work in a busy team
  • Good communication skills with the confidence to liaise openly and clearly with colleagues and clients
  • The ability to produce a high standard of work, sometimes under pressure, whilst maintaining accuracy and good attention to detail
  • Highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • 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, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role can be a blend of home and office based work with travel as required into any of our Midlands hubs.

Meet the team:

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group has a long-standing experience of working with some of the most successful and influential businesses in the UK and also internationally. Our specialist teams combine expertise with a sound understanding of the commercial landscape to provide exceptional solutions for every aspect of our clients’ corporate requirements.

Our housing management team specialises in all aspects of Landlord & Tenant, housing and asset management and anti-social behaviour law. We act for more than 60 Registered Providers across the country and some of the largest Letting Agents and private landlords.

Find out more about us:

It’s 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 when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Check out our amazing benefits here


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.