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4 months ago
Salary: Competitive
Company benefits: Healthcare, Pension scheme, Cycle to work scheme
Location: Bristol
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 3
Contact: Recruitment Team
Sector: Residential Conveyancing
Category: Solicitor Jobs

We are looking for an experienced solicitor to join our residential conveyancing team based in our Bristol office. If you have experience working in residential conveyancing, in particular acting for developers on plot sales, then we would love to hear from you.

Main Responsibilities

Overall Objective

  • To advise clients upon residential conveyancing transactions including plot sales.
  • To advise developers on the set up of new sites for development and prepare legal handbooks to enable the plot sales to be processed.
  • To provide legal and technical support to the residential team by assisting with reports and authorisation of files to exchange.


Legal/technical ability

  • Demonstrates a good level of competence in own area of law
  • Advises clients on matters and refer matters to supervisor(s) when appropriate
  • Takes client calls successfully and produce/record effective telephone notes
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of the client's aims and objectives
  • Applies Firm and departmental processes and procedures
  • Demonstrates best use of precedents and know how to save time and costs
  • Drafts concise documents in plain language
  • Able to apply AML and anti mortgage fraud policies

Business Development

  • Self-motivated to create opportunities to generate new business in fulfilment of an agreed strategy
  • Able and experienced in pitching for referrals from intermediaries and other third parties
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for developing appropriate networking and hospitality opportunities
  • Introduce new clients to the Firm
  • Identifies and attends appropriate networking opportunities organised by others
  • Updates SLX accordingly
  • Wherever the opportunity arises, promotes the services of teams from across the Firm to the client for whom they are acting
  • Able to prepare and present (as part of a team) Seminars to external candidates on relevant areas of law

Collaboration/people processes

  • Plays an active role within the team and supports other team members during busy times
  • Involves the secretaries and other support staff in an effective way
  • Delegates and appropriately supervises more junior fee earners in accordance with Lexcel standards and the firm's supervision policy
  • Demonstrates a willingness to support the supervisor to whom they report
  • Commits to attendance at team/departmental meetings/individual training meetings

Financial management  (under the supervision of a Partner)

  • Achieves financial and hours targets as set by HoD
  • Demonstrates an understanding/awareness of working capital and regular billing and refers matters as necessary in a timely fashion to the Supervisor
  • Achieves benchmark profitability through delegation and appropriate pricing
  • Brings matters to the attention of the Supervisor and/or clients at the appropriate time and updates fee estimates accordingly
  • Actively participates in / contributes to the scoping of work
  • Complies with the SRA Accounts Rules
  • Deals promptly with any working capital exercises

Knowledge sharing

  • Adopts knowledge sharing behaviours at team, department and Firm level
  • Contributes to knowledge sharing initiatives to improve efficiency and profitability
  • Supports the team's Knowledge Champion in building and cascading knowledge sharing resources, protocols and practices
  • Contributes to the development of the firm's know-how and precedents
  • Demonstrates best use of precedents and know how to save time and costs

Quality standards

  • Demonstrates consistent compliance with the Firm's quality policies and procedures as set out on the intranet
  • Understands and manages cases in adherence with the standards set by the Law Society CQS Protocol
  • Able to apply the principles set by the CQS accreditation in all aspects of the day to day work

Learning and development

  • Attends the Management Course Stages 1 and 2 within the first two years of commencing employment with VWV
  • Complies with CPD requirements and identifies specific training needs
  • Attends appropriate departmental training sessions
  • Attends appropriate internal courses (e.g. management and IT skills)
  • Provides informal and formal training as appropriate (e.g. induction, mentoring and internal team presentations) as skills develop
  • Undertakes and meets the Law Society's standards for mandatory training set by CQS
  • Provide coaching, support and mentoring to junior members of the team to help develop their career development and improve team working practice 

The Ideal Candidate

Required skills, knowledge and experience

Admitted solicitor (3 years plus PQE), with current Practising Certificate and an expertise in the specialist area of residential conveyancing including acting for developers on plot sales.  Must demonstrate an ability to work to the SRA's  Skills Standards and to provide accurate, focussed advice to clients. Must demonstrate self-reliance and flexibility as well as always putting the client at the centre of everything we do. Familiarity with and confidence in the use of  office IT applications; and excellent typing skills

We expect the successful candidate to have good team working and collaborative skills. The successful candidate should also be flexible in working in the open plan environment of our Narrow Quay House office.  The successful candidate will have a track record in business development and demonstrate a polished approach to be able to confidently deal with HNW clients and developer clients.

We expect our lawyers to have a commercial approach in their work. 

Skills Required

The ability to:

  • advocate and present orally when required
  • conduct effective case and transaction management
  • develop strong client relationships
  • communicate concisely both verbally and in writing with colleagues and clients
  • draft legal documents, advice notes and give legal advice that is clear and concise
  • interview and advise clients, helping them decide the best course of action
  • identify the relevant legal issues applicable to a case or a transaction
  • conduct negotiations where appropriate
  • researching relevant areas of law
  • knowledge of residential property and the conveyancing process particularly as applied to acquisitions, disposals and leases of residential land and buildings
  • knowledge of lenders requirements under CML Handbook and understanding of anti-money laundering (AML) fraud policies

About VWV

VWV is a full service law firm ranked as a leader in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. Our firm-wide core values of teamwork and collaboration, putting the client at the centre of the firm and taking a commercial approach ensure a dedicated and expert service to all of our clients. Our high standards have been recognised by the Law Society through Lexcel and their Conveyancing Quality schemes.

With over 400 members of staff across four offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, we are a medium size national law firm with a commitment to the training and development of our employees at all levels. This can be demonstrated by our Bronze Investors in People accreditation. On top of this, we have the reputation of being a friendly firm with approachable staff in all areas of the business. 96% of our clients say they would recommend us which, we believe, is a strong indicator of our culture.

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