Property Litigation Paralegal

Job Description

Salary: Competitive + Benefits

Our Property Litigation team acts for public and private sector landlords, tenants and real estate developers, and our client base includes local authorities, NHS Trusts, housing associations, social landlords, blue chip retailers and owner managed businesses. We use bespoke case management systems to ensure that all documents are accurate and consistent, court procedures are followed and deadlines met.

As a Paralegal you will assist the case handlers in property litigation on their own matters, in particular, assisting with housing disrepair work. It may also involve running a case load of property litigation including routine lease renewals, property disputes and housing matters under supervision.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Ensuring compliance with Lexcel and internal procedures
  • Assisting with and overseeing money laundering checks on all new matters (or where funds are received on existing files) subject to supervision
  • Assisting case handlers on housing disrepair and other cases.
  • Running own caseload on property litigation and housing matters in due course
  • Interaction with clients and third parties, excellent communication skills are therefore required
  • Preparation and copying of trial and hearing bundles
  • Preparation and copying of enclosure for papers to counsel and court (or agents)
  • Photocopying/electronic bundling (all copying for case handlers and volume for secretaries)
  • File management duties, indexing and collating large case papers; ensuring maintenance of client details and information, both on physical file and on case management system
  • Attending on minor applications at court (in chambers)
  • Closing and archiving files
  • Assisting with client reporting
  • Assisting in establishing and maintaining precedent files for the team
  • All other such administrative and fee earning duties as are appropriate
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values and in line with relevant policies and procedures

About You

Ideally you will have previous experience as a Paralegal and a genuine and demonstrable interest in the above area of work. As the role is varied, we are looking for you to have a flexible approach to the work you do and be able to adapt to different tasks. We also require you to have:-

  • Previous paralegal experience, preferably in property litigation work is preferred
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and concentration
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Flexible approach

If you meet our criteria and think this is a job where you could bring enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Why work for us

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK.

The independent research showed "Weightmans provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation."

We are truly committed to fostering a culture of equality and diversity, where everyone in the firm is respected and recognised on merit for the work that they do.

We strongly encourage applications from people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and disabilities. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustment at any stage of the application process.

Please feel free to note your preferred pronouns in your application.

Work for a firm where people matter – work for Weightmans.

As well as being immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people we offer a wide range of benefits including;

  • 28 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part time)
  • Agile / working from home including provision of home office equipment*
  • Healthcare cover/ Medicash
  • Pension plan
  • Life Insurance 4 x salary
  • Interest free travel loan scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme including counselling, legal and consumer advice service
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Discounted dental scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Offers & discounts
  • Great reward and recognition scheme

*there are a small number of roles that cannot be performed from home, your Recruitment Advisor can confirm.

Please note

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.
  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.
  • We are open to part time/job share applicants.

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