Paralegal

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full time – Monday to Friday 37.5 hour per week
Department: Residential Property
Location: Chelmsford
The firm

Birketts LLP is an ambitious full service, top 50 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

Birketts LLP is now recruiting for an ambitious, driven and forward thinking Paralegal to come and join our growing team on a full time permanent basis in Chelmsford. Our office is in the heart of the city centre. You will join a highly successful, preferred plot purchaser sector group within the residential property team which has nationwide clients throughout the UK. We are seeing growth and we now need extra resource to take forward our ambitious plans for the future.

You will form part of a team who specialise in residential new build plot purchases sitting with the wider residential property team. The team is led by our Cara Chambers who has 25 years experience in dealing with all aspects of new build properties.

Purpose of job

If you are seeking a new, challenging role with a modern, forward-thinking firm, then this could be the role for you! We are looking for a Paralegal to cover a broad range of work across the residential property team contributing in their own right and providing assistance to the entire team and contributing more widely to the team and its growth.

Specifically you will manage a case load of dealing with purchases. You will work on mortgage reports, Help to Buy submissions and registrations, identification and source of funds, title reviews and managing client and developer relationships.

The position will involve work under supervision on a broad range of matters. You will be given early responsibilities with the opportunity to manage your own small caseload, and the chance to get involved in some really exciting and complex transactions!

Accountabilities
  • To provide support to the fee earner in the team and assist in the work of the department
  • Running files
  • Supporting the fee earner and team
  • Interacting directly with clients and managing their expectations
  • Managing Budgets and Fees.
  • Business Development.
  • Provide an efficient and friendly service to clients.

This list is not exhaustive and the duties may vary from time to time, according to circumstances.

The candidate

We are seeking a Paralegal who ideally has gained experience within residential property and possibly also with a background in new build, although this is not essential. You will need to have strong attention to detail skills to produce work/ documentation which is consistently of a high standard.

You will have a flexible approach to work to ensure client deadlines are always met and clients are communicated with on a consistent and regular basis and an interest in and aptitude for business development.

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from people looking for flexible, agile and part time roles and we are happy to explore you’re preferred working patterns as part of your application.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.

Core Benefits

·     25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays

·     Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service

·     Private Healthcare with BUPA (offered after probation is passed)

·     Scottish Widows Pension Scheme (5% employer / 5% Employee)

·     Staff Profit Share / Salary sacrifice (Pensions, Staff Profit Share)

·     Life Assurance   - 4 x salary / Permanent Health Insurance

·     Paid ESG day (Environmental, Social and Governance)

·     Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave

·     Subsidised gym membership

·     Electric car scheme

·     Eye Care Voucher

·     Agile Working Policy

·     Dress for your Day Policy

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our

colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working.