Legal Secretary - Residential Property
Birketts LLP
Cambridge, Great Britain
16d ago

The firm

Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich 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 set out to truly understand our clients’ needs and help realise their ambitions.

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

The commercial property department provides a service which covers all aspects of the construction and property industry -

development and investment, planning, secured lending, landlord and tenant, agricultural and residential. We have developed a reputation for having one of the best regarded and largest dedicated property teams within any firm outside London, numbering over 100 specialists.

Top Ranked' Chambers 2018 and 'Top Tier' Legal 500 2017.

Our teams have extensive combined experience in dealing with :

  • Conditional and unconditional acquisitions and disposals
  • Property Finance
  • Portfolio acquisitions and disposals
  • Option agreements and strategic land planning
  • Consortium / collaboration agreements
  • Overage arrangements
  • Mixed Site assembly and development
  • City / town regeneration schemes
  • Contentious and non-contentious construction work
  • Licensed property work
  • Purpose of job

    To work as part of a secretarial team to provide professional, proactive, high level secretarial support to an allocated group of fee earners and to the wider fee earning team.

    The candidate

  • To show a positive approach and interest in the work that your fee earners are undertaking;
  • Show initiative when responding to queries and actively try to seek solutions to problems;
  • To support your fee earners when clients are demanding the work product to be delivered;
  • To support and build working relationships with your own fee earners as well as other members of the team and to actively work for the interests of the whole team
  • To support and build working relationships with your colleagues in the secretarial team and to actively get involved in working activities within the team.
  • Qualifications / Experience

  • Proven Legal Secretary experience ideally gained within Property.
  • Secretarial qualification or educated to GCSE or O level standard or equivalent.
  • Typing speed of at least 60 wpm
  • Excellent spelling and punctuation
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Ability to use discretion
  • Excellent IT skills, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Positive and enthusiastic approach to team work
  • Good telephone manner
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated, ability to use initiative and provide pro-active support to fee-earners
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and check own work
  • Reliable and well organised
  • Ability to remain calm and work under pressure to meet strict deadlines
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and development
  • 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.

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