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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to 19 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ.
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 2 November 2018.
Presently based at: Sunderland
Supervised by: Andrea Sellers, Partner and Head of Department
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.
- To be a specialist solicitor and advocate specialising in the area of Housing law.
- To assist in other areas of work as reasonably required by the firm.
- To promote the full range of work in the department, particularly through links with relevant referring organisations.
- To participate when required in the decision making structures of the firm.
- To carry out when required administrative tasks.
- Supervision of other departmental staff.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- To allot time to practice development including attraction of new clients and maintenance of existing clients and client base.
- 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.
- To manage case load to the benefit of existing clients and the firm.
- To comply with the Law Society training requirements for continuing education.
- To comply with Legal Aid Agency obligations and other requirements e.g. contracting, in accordance with the policy of the Firm
- Supervision of paralegal and other support staff
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.
- Clear communication to clients, client’s opponents, other solicitors and professionals, and any other agencies involved in a case, orally and in writing.
- 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.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
- Ability to work profitably and economically.
- 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.
- Strong research skills and the ability to consider critically how to use law to advance clients’ cases.
- Computer literate. The ability to work process documents with speed and accuracy is considered an asset.
- Good organisational skills.
- Ability to contribute to the development and marketing of the department.
- Ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines.
- Experience of Housing law (essential).
- Involvement in administration (essential).
- Work with community or NfP organisations (desirable).
- Legal Aid Agency Supervisor Status in the area of Housing law (desirable).
- Marketing experience (desirable).
- Qualified as a Solicitor or CILEX (essential).
- Current full driving licence (desirable).
- Sympathy with ethical principles of the Firm.
- Good interpersonal skills