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The Legal Assistant/ Paralegal - Residential role

The role

Working as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal within the Residential Conveyancing Team based in Braintree.

  • Taking instructions from allocated fee earner  for freehold and leasehold sale and purchase files, transfers of title, discharge and re-mortgage work
  • Drafting, originating, compiling and chasing essential case documentation
  • Dealing with clients, estate agents, mortgage lenders and solicitors at every stage of the transaction from initial instructions and noting interest, throughout the pre-exchange stage (under supervision) and through to completion
  • Advising and keeping clients up to date with the progress of their transaction both via email and telephone contact
  • Ensuring that case files are managed in accordance with the requirements of the Office Manual
  • Ordering searches where relevant reviewing the same and interpreting results.
  • Depending on experience, noting title on both registered and unregistered properties and reporting to client on terms
  • Preparing Transfers and all other conveyancing drafts.
  • Depending on experience, raising observations both standard and in light of search entries and survey report review
  • Depending on experience, preparing Certificate on Title and ordering funds from Lender in absence of post exchange
  • Depending on experience, and with supervision, to cover short, allocated fee earner absence(s) to ensure matters continue to progress
  • Depending on experience, contribute to the Team fees target through the allocation of fees on files
  • Preparing bills and statements
  • Maintaining checklists for file and lexcel requirements
  • Dealing with balances on old matters and making distributions
  • Preparing historic files for closure
  • Such other matters as may be required to assist with the team

What experience do I need?

  • Conveyancing experience obtained in a similar role.
  • Good knowledge of residential property processes and procedures and confidence in managing transactions.
  • Secretarial experience.

What skills and attributes should I have?

  • Good communication skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Good client care skills

What qualifications do I need?

Preferred: - Law Degree or ILEX Level 3

About the company

Holmes & Hills Solicitors is a large and growing regional law firm with its heart in East Anglia. From six offices across Essex and Suffolk - including the brand new 14,000 sq ft A12 Commercial Hub at J25 of the A12 - our 140 legal industry professionals work in partnership with clients to provide truly proactive legal services through personal relationships.

Acting as a trusted advisor to individuals, businesses and local authorities, the solicitors and support staff at Holmes & Hills take the time to understand clients’ objectives before delivering practical advice through a personal and accessible approach.

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We apologise, but due to the volume of applications we are currently receiving, we may not always be able to respond to unsuccessful applicants.

*Effective as of 1st July 2021.

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