SOLICITOR - SOCIAL HOUSING

Job Description

Salary: Competitive

My client, a modern and vibrant law firm with office across Essex and London are looking to recruit a Social Housing Solicitor to help support the team in Norwich. If selected, your role will be to support members of the Social Housing Team to progress a caseload defending disrepair claims brought against our clients, assisting with county court possession claims and injunction applications, including where tenants have engaged in anti-social behaviour. The role may also include supporting members of the Social Housing Team to advise our Housing Association and Local Authority clients in all aspects of Leasehold Management disputes in the First Tier Tribunal and providing professional, proactive, high-level legal support to the wider fee earning team. The role is within a team that acts for major Housing Associations and a number of Local Authorities. Duties Helping to manage a caseload of Disrepair cases on behalf of our Housing Association and Local Authority clients. Helping to manage a caseload of county court possession claims and injunction applications on grounds of anti-social behaviour, tenancy breaches, access, succession and tenancy fraud. To be expert in a variety of software packages such as Microsoft Word and Excel to produce correspondence and documents, spreadsheets and presentations and ensure relevant documentation is produced to a high standard to meet clients' and fee earners' expectations and deadlines; To format, paginate, number and present pleadings in the firms in-house style or client standard form; To proof read all work, checking for spelling and grammar. Maintain compliant and accurate file management and office systems and develop and maintain a good level of understanding of firm policy and process. To immediately clarify instructions from the client should they be unclear or if deadlines are not made explicit; To respond to internal and external telephone enquiries politely and professionally; To provide full support to other fee earners in the team and to carry out any other duties as reasonably requested. Show initiative when responding to queries and actively try to seek solutions to problems; To effectively liaise with staff from other departments and external contacts as required. They are seeking a candidate who has previous litigation experience as well as: Any experience working with Housing Associations or Local Authority's welcome but not essential; Excellent computer/technical skills in particular working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of software including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint; Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels of seniority and liaise effectively with other internal departments and external contacts; Ability to use discretion; Positive and enthusiastic approach to team work; A flexible, highly motivated, proactive and 'can do' working style; Self-motivated, ability to use initiative and provide pro-active support to the Social Housing team; Ability to pay attention to detail and check own work; Good organisational skills, able to prioritise, make decisions and work effectively within a sometimes pressurised environment; Commitment to ongoing learning and development. 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 PolicyTo apply, please get in touch with your CV along with details of your salary expectations and notice period

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