Property Support Paralegal (fixed-term contract to September 2018)

We are looking to recruit a Paralegal to join our Property Support unit as soon as possible, for a fixed term period of approximately five months. The role will offer an excellent opportunity for the post holder to develop their skills and to attain invaluable experience in contentious and non-contentious disciplines, including case management (under supervision) and attendance at Court.

Our busy and successful Property Support unit, which is part of our award- winning Real Estate team, offers expert legal advice to a wide range clients, from a variety of different industries and sectors, including development and construction, landlords, planning and environmental law.

The role will entail providing efficient and effective support to all our lawyers in the Property Litigation, Construction and Planning teams, supporting them across the breadth of their client responsibilities.  This will vary from assisting with the management and progression of litigated and non-litigated commercial, planning and construction disputes to non-contentious construction and planning projects, legal research and routine administrative duties.

The key duties are likely to include:

  • Collating and reviewing documents received from clients and third parties (for example, as part of an assessment of a client’s initial instructions or as part of disclosure);
  • Assisting with document management such as checking engrossments, collating and paginating document bundles, creating certified copies, administering data rooms and preparing bibles of transactional documents;
  • Liaising with clients, third parties and colleagues under appropriate guidance and instruction;
  • Drafting and reviewing correspondence, statements of case, witness statements, application notices, orders and other documents relating to litigated disputes;
  • Attending Court/meetings/conference calls and taking minutes;
  • Assisting with the production of management information to meet the client’s requirements and keeping clients informed of progress on their matter;
  • Dealing with routine client and/or third party queries and reporting to a Partner, client etc with updates where necessary; and
  • Producing bills and other relevant financial information and reports on an appropriate basis e.g. monthly.

We would ideally like to appoint someone with previous work experience in property transactional work, and who has proven knowledge of construction documentation and planning law, including s106 Agreements and Highways Agreements. However we also welcome applications from candidates without this full range of experience but who can demonstrate their capability for the role.

Excellent personal organisation and time-management skills, first class communication skills and a strong team ethic are essential qualities; you must also be able to multi-task effectively.

You will need to possess proven IT skills in particular, of using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook). 

A professional approach to work together with a strong commitment to client care is essential and ideally you will have completed the LPC.

If you meet the criteria above, and are interested in working for one of Yorkshire’s leading law firms, we want to hear from you.  Please send your CV and a covering letter, including details of your current salary in this role to Neil Towse, HR Manager.  Email: ntowse@shulmans.co.uk

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