Senior Associate, Commercial Property

Location: Guildford, Surrey
Salary: £Competitive
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Louise Prynne
HR Co-ordinator

Overview purpose of the job:

  • Undertake fee earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the department
  • To meet fee earning and other KPI targets
  • Ensure the successful development of the firm in line with the current published business plan
  • To handle all forms of commercial, development and/or investment property work, and/or the disposal/acquisition of businesses, either working on matters delegated from the Partners or building and developing own case load with this emphasis, depending on experience and ability
  • To work effectively with other departments.

Key tasks, duties and quality standards:

  • To assist the department as a whole in meeting its fee earning targets by providing help regarding advice and assistance to clients of the department as well as other departments of the firm.
  • Has the confidence of all Partners and colleagues in terms of the handling of referred work, including as to quality of advice, quality of service levels, promptness of work done, and level of fees charged, seeking guidance from other senior members of the team or firm as appropriate.
  • Conduct of matters on behalf of clients.
  • Where appropriate, demonstrates good management skills in supervising junior members of staff.
  • Shows willingness to become involved in activities of the firm outside of the department to which the individual is assigned.
  • Is maintaining their client/referrer base and continuing to develop it.
  • Understands and undertakes proper referral of work to relevant departments and recommendation of work for other departments.
  • Is involved in practice development and marketing activities for the department, office and firm.
  • Demonstrates a very good level of commercial awareness.
  • Financial control with particular regard to cash-flow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures.
  • To utilise the skills of any department trainee and to assist with the trainee’s training.
  • Travelling to client meetings both in and outside the UK when required.
  • Promoting good file management.
  • To ensure compliance with regulatory procedures.
  • To maintain professional knowledge base including attainment of annual CPD points.
  • To assist during the absence of other fee earners.
  • Undertake other duties as from time to time required and agreed.

Additional and/or different duties:

This job description is non exhaustive and the firm reserves the right to vary the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the firm’s business.

Person specification

Qualifications:

A good honours degree followed by LPC, training contract and PSC/or a good honours degree with CILEX to Fellow level, LPC and PSC and admitted by SRA as a solicitor.

Essential personal qualities and attributes:

  • Demonstrates a high level of technical competence in chosen area of law and practice (and a sufficient understanding and awareness of all relevant areas of law as appropriate) with nominal need for supervision.
  • Achieves targets in respect of chargeable hours, fees, recovery rate, lock-up and non-chargeable time as an Associate Solicitor and is either achieving, or achieving, targets for a Senior Associate Solicitor.
  • Has largely developed a client/referrer base.
  • Understands and undertakes proper referral of work to relevant departments and development of work for other departments.
  • Where appropriate, demonstrates good management skills in supervising junior members of staff.
  • Is involved in practice development and marketing activities for the department, office and firm.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of, and alignment with, the values of the firm.
  • Demonstrates a high level of courtesy and respect in dealing with all colleagues and clients/key business introducers, etc.
  • Demonstrates a very good level of commercial awareness.

Essential skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Sound training
  • Well-developed interpersonal, social and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Computer literate with an ability to develop its use in own functional area
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • A sound knowledge of your responsibilities as a solicitor including in the following areas:
    – Rules and principles of professional conduct
    – Client care
    – Conflicts of interest
    – Confidentiality
    – Relations with third parties
    – Relations with other solicitors
  • Regulatory and compliance procedures.

Desirable skills, knowledge and abilities

Prior knowledge of Practice Evolve or other office management systems

 

If you are interested, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@twmsolicitors.com

TWM Solicitors (www.twmsolicitors.com) is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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