COMM/LA/JUL21 - Solicitor

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Posted: 08/07/2021 17:55
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Competitive
Location: Crawley
Level: Legal Adviser
Deadline: 14/10/2021 23:59
Hours: 37.50
Benefits: Competitive
Job Type: PERM

Commercial Property Legal Adviser, Crawley


Do you want to work for an award winning, supportive law firm that is focussed on promoting individual growth? 


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Property Legal Adviser (3+ years PQE) to join our busy Commercial Department based in Sussex (Some flexibility around home working may be considered). This is a permanent, full time position (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm), although part time may be considered.


The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team and have proven experience working towards financial targets. You will have a relevant professional qualification and have experience in drafting sale contracts, transfer forms, commercial leases, Land Registry forms, conducting exchanges of contracts and completions and dealing with post-exchange and post-completion work.


A high standard of interpersonal and communication skills are vital, especially in the context of client care. We are looking for someone who has a positive and friendly manner in dealing with clients, referrers and colleagues.


Why choose Mayo Wynne Baxter?


It is exceptionally important to us that we have the best people in place to provide an outstanding service to our clients and, whether in a client-facing role or not, we recognise that everyone contributes to our business’ success.


From day one of new recruits joining us, we invest time in training and development with a comprehensive introduction to our business over the first few days.  The nicest feedback we get from our new employees is that everyone is extremely friendly and how welcomed they have felt.  We endeavour to focus on our employees’ individual strengths. By understanding an employee’s true strengths, we help them to work productively and excel in their role.

We recognise the importance of a healthy work life balance, supported by our benefits package which includes:


  • Holidays - 33 days including bank holidays per annum
  • Extra day off for your birthday
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Employee Apprenticeship scheme
  • Legal Service Benefits
  • Social Events
  • Referral Incentives
  • Rewards Discount page
  • Healthcare cash plan


MWB encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join our team.  We seek to engage a diverse workforce, focusing on inclusivity and fair treatment for all.  We oppose all forms of discrimination and promote equality of opportunity in everything we do. 

We can make reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees with a disability so please let us know about any specific needs and requirements you have.


LEGAL ADVISER – Commercial Property

Job Purpose

Provide high quality legal advice to clients and colleagues in your relevant specialist area(s) of law.

Manage allocated client files in accordance with the firm’s quality standards, processes and procedures, taking full responsibility for files that are in your name.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Provide Legal Advice to Clients


  • Engage with prospective legal clients, produce matter estimates and pre-instruction documentation as required, follow up enquiries and overcome objections to instruction.
  • Produce timely, well considered, written advice to clients and the required legal documents to progress and conclude their matter.
  • Ensure all aspects of the matter are fully recorded in the electronic Peppermint matter file.
  • Ensure all necessary communication and actions are taken with third parties and relevant organisations to conclude the matter correctly.


Client Service


  • Ensure that all client work is processed correctly and expeditiously and that the client is kept regularly informed of progress and costs
  • Demonstrate a “Can Do Approach”, going beyond what was expected to deliver the early appointment, the urgent call back, the delivery of a piece of work and concentrating on how we can assist the client and, where possible, in exceeding their expectations
  • Exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner at all times




  • Achieve agreed levels of time recording and billing
  • In close liaison with the Credit Controller, have overall responsibility for credit control on own matters
  • Ensure effective financial management on files (e.g. regular billing, credit control, money on account, reduction in WIP lock up where achievable etc)
  • Delegate work effectively to the Legal Support Assistants to ensure work is done profitably at the right level, and manage the timely delivery of those tasks


Risk Management and Compliance


  • Work effectively with the Enquiries and Database & Compliance teams to ensure accurate provision of information in respect of opportunities and new matters
  • Follow the firm’s and your department’s agreed procedures, templates and processes, paying particular attention to risk management and compliance in relation to client matters
  • Comply with Solicitors Accounts Rules and the Rules on the Professional Conduct of SolicitorComply with SRA, CILEX or other professional body membership requirements
  • Comply with continuing competence requirements of the SRA (or equivalent body)
  • Ensure the confidentiality and security of all the firm’s and client’s documentation and information


Business and Practice Development


  • Help with marketing initiatives in own and other departments
  • Contribute to business development strategy and identify opportunities to promote the firm both within own work type and other areas
  • Be active in promoting the services of the firm and its image and ethos
  • Identify opportunities to promote the business through blogs, articles, networking events, specialist knowledge, referrer networks and other means
  • Seek client feedback via Trustpilot reviews, testimonials and recommendations
  • Engage with the community, to promote the firm’s CSR policies and ensure visibility in the business communities served


Team Aspects and Supervision


  • Delegate work to Paralegals and the Legal Support Team
  • Ensure excellent communication with individuals and across the team




  • Provide support to legal advisers and other colleagues as required
  • Attend any internal or external courses and events as required and overall to have a responsibility towards self-development
  • Ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations
  • Carry out Fire Warden responsibilities in your work area as well as First Aider/Appointed Person if required


This job description is not exhaustive and you may be asked to undertake any other duties that may within reason be required from time to time.

Mayo Wynne Baxter retains the right within reason to vary this job description in light of business developments at any time in the future.


Person Specification






Aptitude & Personal Skills



Demonstrates a flexible attitude when performing all aspects of the role




Demonstrates a willingness and aptitude to learn new skills and ways of working



Demonstrates a recognition of the importance of working as part of a team




Demonstrates an ability consistently to exceed expectations to ensure that the highest standards of service to others, inside or outside the firm, are achieved




Demonstrates compliance with regulatory obligations





Demonstrates the ability to contribute to ways of improving how the firm processes work and/or delivers a service





Demonstrates the ability to contribute to a positive and supportive environment for people working in the firm (and for clients where appropriate)




Experience & Technical Skills




Demonstrates the capability to perform the role set out in the Job Description




Demonstrates the capability, willingness and IT skills required to use the firm’s Practice Management System and supporting IT applications and processes (e.g. for electronic post, bundle creation)





Experience of Microsoft Office suite including Word and Outlook





Experience of Microsoft Excel





Excellent communication skills to be able to communicate to the highest level in person and in writing





High degree of efficiency, accuracy and organisation in carrying out tasks




Knowledge & Qualifications




Admission to professional body (eg Law Society, CILEX  or similar) or experience gained managing cases in own name





Good written English, especially spelling, grammar and punctuation




Ability to learn MWB’s systems and administrative procedures




Knowledge and understanding of data protection legislation and requirements





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