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Real Estate Paralegal (1900006X)

Posted: 28 Oct 2019 Closes: 22 Mar 2020
Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR
Variable 1900006X

Real Estate Paralegal - (1900006X)


About Gowling WLG

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

About the Team

Gowling WLG is home to one of the UK's largest real estate practices with a team of more than 275 commercially-minded, innovative and pragmatic lawyers.

We work alongside many of the sector's most successful companies and have helped to deliver numerous high profile projects, advising throughout their lifecycle.

Main Purpose of the Job

Our business is growing and we are looking for a Senior Paralegal to join the team to provide support and work in the energy team which forms part of SRES. The focus of the role is securing legal property rights for electric apparatus to ensure the safe operation of the electricity network. The needs of the business may change over time and you may in due course be required to undertake alternative work types instead of, or in addition to, this primary role.

The team is structured with senior fee earners, and paralegals, and takes a streamlined approach to the work it undertakes.

This is an opportunity to truly increase the depth and breadth of your experience, and be able to work with high profile and sophisticated clients. The work is challenging, varied, and interesting and will provide opportunity to develop and nurture solid client relationships, as well as work closely with others within the team and firm.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will manage your own high volume caseload which will involve:

The use of a case management system to maintain records and other IT systems for the maintenance of records, document storage and financial information and in order to comply with client KPI's and assist in client reporting
Carrying out full title reviews to ensure the necessary rights can be secured for the client with no risk or liability to them;
Checking the initial draft of the standard document is correct and accords with the client's instructions, thereafter proactively driving any negotiation of the document with confidence and taking instructions from the client where necessary in order to achieve an early completion;
Effective and proactive contact with the client and other solicitors throughout the transaction to achieve completion within a timely manner.

Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager of the firm or Group Support Manager.


Key skills and experience

Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture you will be expected to play your part in ensuring the continuing success and growth of the team. Previous experience of working with an energy client is not essential as training will be given but previous experience of maintaining a high volume caseload, carrying out title reviews and negotiating property documentation is essential.

You should be able to:

Manage your workload to tight deadlines, remain calm under pressure and prioritise your workload effectively;
Work in a team environment (this may include working as part of a bigger project team) and support your colleagues;
Communicate appropriately and confidently at all levels within the team and the wider business as well as with clients, agents and other parties in person, by phone, letter, email or other communication means;
Use your initiative to solve problems.

You should have:

Effective organisation skills;
Attention to detail and numeracy;
Good interpersonal and communication skills;
Good keyboard, IT and data entry skills;
Problem solving abilities;

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.

Work Locations: Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR

Job: Legal Support

Organisation: Legal Support and PAs

Schedule: Full-time

Employee status: Limited Term

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