Research Assistant/Technician (Planning & Development)

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The Research Assistant/Technician role

This is a new role part-time/reduced hours role within the Planning and Development Team created to help the team effectively understand clients’ objectives and deliver specialist expert advice. As such you will be working as an integral part of the Planning & Development Team directly with the Partners, Senior Solicitors, Solicitors and the other fee earners.

The primary focus of the role is research, obtain, collate and review planning, property ownership and other relevant information/documentation to enable to the team to deliver practical advice to clients.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to work in a busy, varied and property focused administrative role.

The day to day

Your day to day work will include:

  • Receiving instruction from the team as to the information and documentation that is required on each matter.
  • Carrying out reseach as to property ownership.
  • Obtaining, collating and reviewing relevant documents from H M Land Registry.
  • Piecing together plans in order to outline and schedule ownership of large development sites.
  • Carrying out research as to the planning history of sites.
  • Obtaining, collating and reviewing documents from Local Planning Authorities’ planning websites.
  • Reporting to the Planning Team on the information/documentation that has been obtained and dealing with further investigations that may arise.
  • Submitting appeals to the Planning Inspecotate via its on-line portal.

Providing general overflow support to the team’s secretarial and administrative support.

What experience do I need?

Experience of working in an administrative role for a property professional organisation or a legal firm would be advantageous. As an element of the role may include overflow support to the team’s secretarial and administrative support, being able to audio type would also be advantageous.

Training as to the industry specific requirements of the role and use of the various online resources will be provided.

What skills and attributes should I have?

The ideal candidate will be/have:

  • organised and capable of managing a workload to meet deadlines.
  • good IT and web based research skills.
  • good communication skills and the ability to work with others as part of a team.
  • excellent attention to detail.
  • the ability to think outside of the box.

What are we offering?

A relaxed, supportive and flexible work environment with opportunities to contribute to the growth of the team and the firm.

The role will be based at the firm’s A12 Commercial Hub; a bespoke modern and agile working environment with excellent transport links (being based on Junction 25 of the A12 and within 500m of Marks Tey train station), extensive free parking and facilities to encourage alternative means of travel to work. The office provides a modern working environment with formal and informal agile working areas and meeting spaces which is unrivalled locally.

Employees are also able to benefit from a great remuneration package and a number of additional benefits including access to an employee assistance programme, virtual GP access 24/7, death in service, a retail discount platform and optional medical insurance policies at group discount rates*

Who will I be working with?

All Fee Earners within the Planning and Development team, to include two Partners, two Senior Solicitors and two Solicitors, in addition to other secretarial and support staff.

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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