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  • Danielle Grant

Senior Property Lawyer (Hastings)

Our client is looking for senior property lawyers to join their busy team based in Hastings.


Main Duties

  • Managing on a day-to-day basis a caseload within the Transactional Team which includes all aspects of the conveyancing transaction from instruction to completion, registration and closure of the file

  • Ensuring due diligence in all areas of processing a residential property transaction

  • Use the OMS to progress cases efficiently and to the timescales set

  • Accountable for all other dealings with other lawyers and other legal aspects on all property transactions

  • Assess risk on every transaction by using skills to make pragmatic decisions and to ensure appropriate legal advice is given

o    Draft legal documents, to include: Standard Precedent Letters, Contract packs, Exchange letters, Freehold AP1s and Freeform letters

o    Post Completion works to include: Preparing and sending applications to the Land Registry, Stamp Duty Land Tax submissions, File closures and Checking account ledgers

  • Speak to clients and third parties, saving accurate telephone notes to OMS

  • Give messages via email to the appropriate person when necessary

  • Take telephone card payments for initial monies on account

  • Chase clients for welcome packs or general file progression

  • Working from reports – Chasing files and ensuring compliance

  • Apply for searches: Conveyancing Searches through online system, Land Registry Searches and Pre-completion searches

  • Complete SDLT forms online and correctly saving to the matter on OMS

  • Check incoming faxes and save to correct OMS matter

  • Send faxes via Zetafax when requested

  • Provide support to a Conveyancer or Property Lawyer due to holiday or sickness

  • Deal with tasks which have been assigned to you but recognising if a task becomes more complicated than anticipated and to refer this back to the Conveyancer for Risk Assessment/Resolution

  • Update the Conveyancer or team when you have completed work/tasks (when appropriate) or you are unable to carry out a task and explain the reason

  • Attend team meetings when required

  • Attend regular appraisals to include annual performance reviews and monthly one-to-ones to discuss your performance and development

  • Assist other departments as required by Management Team


Experience and Skills

  • Have and maintain a positive attitude and flexible approach to your work and your colleagues

  • Demonstrate a professional work ethic

  • Excellent time keeping

  • Exhibiting a ‘can do’ attitude within the workplace

  • GCSE, or equivalent in Maths and English with a minimum grade C

  • A level, or equivalent, in Maths and English with a minimum grade C

  • Relevant experience would be an advantage

  • Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and Outlook are essential

  • Excellent communication skills, well-spoken and personable; able to get on with diverse personalities

  • Friendly and approachable

  • Reliable and consistent

  • Flexible attitude to working practices and demands

  • Responsible, professional and trustworthy

  • Good time management and organisational skills

  • Strong organisation, planning, problem-solving and multi-tasking skills

  • Confident, resourceful and practical

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work alone or within a team

  • Personal commitment to equality and diversity


Working Hours

  • Core hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm with 1-hour unpaid lunch break

  • The office is open between:

o    8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday

o    9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday

o    10:00am to 3:30pm on Sunday.

  • You will be required to work 5 days and no more than 37.5 hours per week on a rota basis.

  • The staff rota includes evening and Saturday working, you will be notified in advance.

  • Up to 26 days holiday plus Bank Holidays


We will try to respond to reply to all applications. If, however you have not heard from us within 7 days you have been unsuccessful with this particular role. You are very welcome to apply to future advertisements advertised by CDH Recruitment Limited

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