9th October 2018

We are currently looking for a qualified Housing Solicitor or Legal Executive to join our team. To apply please send your CV and cover letter to Rachel Floyd at applicants@benhoarebell.co.uk or to 19 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 2 November 2018.


JOB DESCRIPTION

Presently based at:                  Sunderland

Supervised by:                        Andrea Sellers, Partner and Head of Department

Overview

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well-established Practice operating from 4 sites in the cities of Sunderland, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. The Practice has 9 Partners.

The Practice has a strong ethical base and wishes to remain committed to operating within the publicly funded area of legal work, offering a high quality service to people regardless of means.

The department covers a range of housing matters and is also part of the Sunderland Court Duty Scheme. At present the department employs 1 solicitor and 1 secretary.

Although this post is presently based in Sunderland the post holder is expected to work from any office used by Ben Hoare Bell.

Key Areas

  1. To be a specialist solicitor and advocate specialising in the area of Housing law.
  2. To assist in other areas of work as reasonably required by the firm.
  3. To promote the full range of work in the department, particularly through links with relevant referring organisations.
  4. To participate when required in the decision making structures of the firm.
  5. To carry out when required administrative tasks.
  6. Supervision of other departmental staff.

Responsibilities

  1. To advise, assist and act for clients in all aspects of the areas law pertinent to this post, including where appropriate advocacy, briefing Counsel, delegating preparatory work/enquiries and instructing agents.
  2. To keep fully up to date with legislation and case law in those areas of law which are pertinent to this post by suitable training and access to books and periodicals.
  3. To comply with the firm’s file management and file organisation procedures including time recording and preparing bills (or instructing Costs Draftsman to prepare bills).
  4. To allot time to practice development including attraction of new clients and maintenance of existing clients and client base.
  5. To use secretarial time and skills effectively and responsibly, to supervise where necessary and to support other secretarial, fee earning or non-fee earning staff as required or appropriate.
  6. To manage case load to the benefit of existing clients and the firm.
  7. To comply with the Law Society training requirements for continuing education.
  8. To comply with Legal Aid Agency obligations and other requirements e.g. contracting, in accordance with the policy of the Firm
  9. Supervision of paralegal and other support staff

Development

To continue to gain expertise in Housing law generally by experience, to play a part in contributing to in-house training and assisting with supervision of support staff and to continue to develop your own knowledge and abilities with appropriate in-house and external continuing education.

To increase the reputation of yourself and the Department in the field of Housing law.

This Job Description is not intended to be a complete and detailed statement of the responsibilities of the post

The Post will be reviewed on an annual basis. The Post Holder will be invited to contribute to this review.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Skills

All essential

  1. Clear communication to clients, client’s opponents, other solicitors and professionals, and any other agencies involved in a case, orally and in writing.
  2. Advocacy, advisory skills; resilience and an ability to stand firm in acting for and representing clients in order to effect the best possible results for clients.
  3. Ability to work as a member of a team.
  4. Ability to work profitably and economically.
  5. Ability to interpret and analyse complex medical, social and legal evidence and to apply statute, regulation, case law and guidance to the facts of the client’s case.
  6. Strong research skills and the ability to consider critically how to use law to advance clients’ cases.
  7. Computer literate. The ability to work process documents with speed and accuracy is considered an asset.
  8. Good organisational skills.
  9. Ability to contribute to the development and marketing of the department.
  10. Ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines.

Experience

  1. Experience of Housing law (essential).
  2. Involvement in administration (essential).
  3. Work with community or NfP organisations (desirable).
  4. Legal Aid Agency Supervisor Status in the area of Housing law (desirable).
  5. Marketing experience (desirable).

Qualifications

  1. Qualified as a Solicitor or CILEX (essential).
  2. Current full driving licence (desirable).

Personal

  1. Sympathy with ethical principles of the Firm.
  2. Resilience
  3. Tact
  4. Good interpersonal skills