Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 01/02/2024
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Commercial Property and Development
Location: Birmingham
The opportunity

Our team has grown from strength to strength and we are looking for an ambitious individual to join us at paralegal level. There may be opportunity to study towards CILEX/SQE as part of your ongoing development.

Your key duties will be:

  • Providing paralegal support to the commercial property team, with exposure to general commercial property.
  • liaising with clients, and handling queries and enquiries where appropriate
  • being responsible for and conducting all aspects of transactions
  • drafting and producing forms and transactional documentation
  • completing transactions to a high standard

You will have:

  • a minimum of 12 months’ previous experience in a paralegal / fee earner role dealing with commercial property work
  • experience within a  commercial property team and ideally with experience of leasehold enfranchisement work, but not essential
  • experience of using case management systems
  • experience of land registration
  • experience of Microsoft Word, Excel and Teams

Key competencies you will need:

  • good attention to detail and accuracy
  • good communication skills
  • a keen desire to learn and enhance your existing skills
  • a hands on approach to work with and be part of a wider team
  • the ability to build rapport with colleagues and clients alike
  • the ability to manage time effectively and manage client demands and understand that we are delivering a service to sometimes demanding clients
  • a desire to develop the knowledge and expertise of the team, as well as yourself

About you – you will be:

  • self-motivated and with a desire to succeed
  • well organised and motivated
  • able to self-manage and take ownership of problems and pieces of work
  • 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

Meet the team:

Our Commercial Property team are one of the fastest growing real estate practices, having more than doubled income and significantly strengthened the team over the last two and half years. With the support of Planning and Construction, we have one of the best integrated teams. We act for local and national developers, pension funds and venture capitalists as well as foreign investors on projects throughout the UK.

Part of our Infrastructure and Specialist Markets business group which comprises Residential Development, Commercial Property & Development and Building Communities supported by Social Housing, Town Planners, Energy, Education and Infrastructure project specialists. This is an exciting time to join a passionate group of people, responsible for driving the business unit forward.

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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.  

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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, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leicester, London, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be predominantly home based with travel as required into Birmingham or one of our other West Midlands hubs 

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

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.