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Senior Land Law Lawyer
Crewkerne, Somerset
Salary: Negotiable
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date:
Added: 11 Sep 2023
Job Reference: a1WNz0000001IEDMA2
Job Description
We are seeking a full time Qualified Solicitor (5+ years PQE) for our Law Firm Client's Land & Property Department in the Crewkerne office.

The successful candidate will be a circa 5+ years' PQE Solicitor. This is a fantastic, career enhancing opportunity at Associate/Salaried Partner level, therefore, candidates must have extensive overall working knowledge of all areas of Property and Land Law and, preferably, other non-contentious areas of practice.

A knowledge of Agricultural Law would also be desirable.

The position will involve initially working alongside two highly experienced Partners, with the objective of becoming their successor, therefore, candidates seeking a long-term career move are of particular interest.

This role is office based, with limited opportunity to work remotely, therefore you will either currently live within a reasonable commute of Crewkerne or be able to re-locate to the Crewkerne area prior to commencing the position.

Relocators are welcome to apply, and if you are seeking a life-style change, Crewkerne could be a great place to move to, with its enviable location in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside, yet within half an hour to some of the best beaches on the Jurassic coast.

The main duties are set out in the job description below:

Main Responsibilities:

* To display appropriate leadership and management skills and to support the effective management of both the staff and the Firm generally
* To comply with and give full support to Managers in respect of upholding the policies and procedures of the Firm
* To consistently achieve billing targets and to monitor own fees against target
* To ensure effective and appropriate people management skills
* To give advice, guidance and mentoring to junior lawyers, trainees and paralegals within the department and generally
* To process transactions in a timely manner and effect financial controls for matters under your supervision in accordance with departmental procedures including timely and effective management of debtors
* To consistently demonstrate a high level of competence in file management procedures including client care, fee estimates, time recording, prompt and regular billing, obtaining funds on account, collecting outstanding disbursements and rendering timely interim bills (as appropriate)
* To monitor work in progress and ensure clients are kept informed
* To ensure that the highest level of professional standards and client care are maintained at all times
* To maintain conducive working relationships and effective supervision of and delegation to support staff and to liaise with the Office Manager as appropriate
* To maintain an effective diary system in liaison with support staff
* To build and maintain respectful and conducive working relationships with clients, colleagues and other associated third parties
* To actively initiate and maintain relationships in order to obtain new clients and to maximise business opportunities with existing clients and to maximise potential cross selling opportunities across the Firm
* To be proactive in identifying new marketing and networking opportunities and to attend events as required
* To ensure that any work/matter related issues that may detrimentally affect the Firm, are brought to the immediate attention of the Head of Department.
* To ensure positive and professional representation of the Firm at all times
* To undertake all training as required by the Firm and CPD
* To act as an ambassador for the Firm both professionally and personally
* To lead by example by supporting and upholding the policies and procedures set down by the Firm.
* To conduct oneself, at all times, in a professional manner as expected of a very senior member of staff * To contribute to and support the management and running of the department * Any additional duties that may reasonably be required

Knowledge, Experience and Skills required:

* Appropriate level of post qualification experience
* A high level of competency and experience in the relevant area(s) of law
* Ability to manage a complex caseload effectively
* Appropriate leadership, management, supervisory and mentoring skills
* A high degree of professionalism * High standard of written and spoken English
* Microsoft Office skills (Word and Excel as required for the role).

In return is an above average salary, good work/life balance, Life Assurance Plan, Pension and generous annual leave. To find out more apply or contact [email protected] for more information.

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