Property Solicitor/Assistant

Job Ref: 139221
Sector: Other
Date Added: 24 August 2017

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1. Required Qualifications, skills and experience
1.1 Admission to the Solicitors Roll;
1.2 Minimum 3 years post admission experience in work area;
1.3 Good knowledge of Word and Excel;
1.4 A pleasant but assertive manner in dealing with colleagues and clients; tact and resilience are essential qualities;
1.5 To be an effective communicator, both orally and in writing, having a good command of the English language;
1.6 Personally, efficient and well organised, with good control of diary and time management;
2. Role
2.1 A Solicitor must provide effective and timely service to the firms clients, and maximise the firms potential to cross sell services by identifying appropriate opportunities;
3. Main Responsibilities
3.1 To manage all client work allocated by the Head of Department in accordance with the detailed procedures and quality standards contained in the firms Office Manual;
3.2 To ensure that all client work is progressed expeditiously and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and on costs;
3.3 At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner;
3.4 To comply with the SRA Solicitors Accounts Rules, and the Rules on the Professional Conduct of Solicitors as required by the SRA at all times;
3.5 To produce a minimum of 1100 chargeable recoverable fee-earning hours per year;
3.6 To ensure that all correspondence and enquiries are dealt with correctly and in a timely manner;
3.7 To ensure the confidentiality and security of all the firms and client documentation and information;
3.8 To achieve agreed levels of billing targets;
3.9 In close liaison with the Accounts Department, to have overall responsibility for credit control on own matters;
3.10 To introduce clients to other fee earners, as appropriate;
3.11 To provide support to other staff and Partners as required;
3.12 To maintain clear and precise communication with other personnel within the firm;
3.13 To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations;
3.14 To supervise, support and develop other members within the Department;
3.15 To develop and maintain the system of precedents to assist all fee earners;
3.16 In conjunction with the firm, to comply with the relevant training requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and to assist with in-house training as may be required;
3.17 To be active in promoting the services of the firm and its image and ethos;
3.18 To collect all outstanding disbursements as soon as feasible and to bill promptly;
3.19 To be aware of constantly changing market conditions, new technology and analyse work practices thoroughly;
3.20 To provide guidance to junior and temporary staff when required;
3.21 To adhere to all good practice procedures as determined by the HOD, especially in relation to quality standards;
3.22 To attend clients, both in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner, in line with the firms standards of client care, and keeping written record of any such attendance;
3.23 To do everything possible to promote the firm within the local community and in particular, to work closely and liaise with local estate agents and other professionals to win new clients;
3.24 To undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall, to have a responsibility for self-development;
3.28 To promote the firm within the local community and in particular, to work closely and to liaise with, appropriate persons and professionals to win new clients and new business.
4. Additional duties
4.1 Sundry duties as required.

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