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O’Donnell Solicitors are currently recruiting for the following roles:

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Corporate and Commercial Property Secretary

This role will suit an experienced Secretary/PA who will work closely with Directors and Fee Earners offering full secretarial support within our Corporate and Commercial Property departments.

You must also be willing to network, and prepared to nurture local connections.

Job Type:            Permanent, Full time

Location:            Grasscroft, Saddleworth

Salary:                 Negotiable depending upon experience

Reports to:         Head of Department/Director/James O’Donnell

Job Purpose:      To provide full secretarial support within Corporate and Commercial Property departments.

Key objectives

Award winning firm seeking a Corporate and Commercial Property Legal Secretary on a full-time basis.

The Firm

We are a dynamic and award-winning multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the UK.  Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programs and provide a working environment, which is both supportive and challenging.  Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern fresh approach, we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.  We are enjoying continuous success and continuous growth and are highly regarded within the legal market.  We would offer great career prospects and a competitive salary and are now seeking a Legal Secretary due to a substantial increase in instructions.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide full secretarial support including;

  • diary management
  • audio and copy typing
  • booking meeting rooms
  • liaising with clients and dealing with client enquiries by e-mail and telephone
  • preparing bills
  • maintaining files
  • using the firms case management system

Person specification essential skills and qualifications

  • Good academic record.
  • The ability to work on your own and as part of a team.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent organisation, presentation and communication skills.
  • Previous experience working as a Legal Secretary is essential.
  • Experience of using the HMLR On-line Portal and in submitting HMRC SDLT returns.

Personal attributes

  • Be reliable and diligent with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and telephone manner.
  • Professional Appearance.

Please contact James O’Donnell with your CV on james@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk; rebecca@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk

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Commercial Property Solicitor

This role will suit a qualified Solicitor with around three to five years PQE and a proven track record of handling a commercial property case load with a focus on commercial property Buying and Selling Commercial Property/Commercial Lease work acting for private individuals, companies, partnerships and pension funds. Assisting on Business Asset Sales and Purchases/Assisting head of department on Asset Sales and Disposals and Share Acquisition/Disposal work.

You must also be willing to network, and prepared to build local connections.

Job Type:            Permanent, Full time

Location:            Grasscroft, Saddleworth

Salary:                 Negotiable depending upon experience

Reports to:         Head of Department/Director/James O’Donnell

Job Purpose:     To build and manage own case load and to assist the commercial team on larger transactional matters.

Key objectives

Award winning firm seeking a Commercial Solicitor on a full-time basis.

The Firm

We are a dynamic and award winning multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the UK.  Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programs and provide a working environment, which is both supportive and challenging.  Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern fresh approach, we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.  We are enjoying continuous success and continuous growth and are highly regarded within the legal market.  We would offer great career prospects and a competitive salary and are now seeking an Assistant in the Commercial Department due to a substantial increase in instructions.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To build own case load in a thriving department taking instructions on new enquiries and providing advice and handling cases autonomously and as part of a team on the larger       transactional cases.
  2. To build relationships with clients and internal and external contacts on behalf of the Team.
  3. To use initiative to prepare contracts, correspondence and legal documents using Case Management including use of Practical Law.

Person specification essential skills and qualifications

  • Strong academic record.
  • The ability to work on your own and as part of a team.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent organisation, presentation and communication skills.
  • To have good connections and a desire to network.

Personal attributes

  • Be reliable and diligent with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.

Please contact James O’Donnell with your CV on james@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk

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Commercial/Corporate Solicitor

This role will suit a qualified Solicitor with around three to five years PQE and a proven track record of handling a commercial case load with a focus on commercial transactional work (Buying and Selling Business Asset Sales and Purchases/Assisting head of department on Asset Sales and Disposals and Share Acquisition/Disposal work, Contract Drafting and negotiation and general advice on Commercial Agreements.

You must also be willing to network, and prepared to build local connections.

Job Type:            Permanent, Full time

Location:            Grasscroft, Saddleworth

Salary:                 Negotiable depending upon experience

Reports to:         Head of Department/Director/James O’Donnell

Job Purpose:     To build and manage own case load and to assist the commercial team on larger transactional matters.

Key objectives

Award winning firm seeking a Commercial Solicitor on a full-time basis.

The Firm

We are a dynamic and award winning multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the UK.  Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programs and provide a working environment, which is both supportive and challenging.  Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern fresh approach, we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.  We are enjoying continuous success and continuous growth and are highly regarded within the legal market.  We would offer great career prospects and a competitive salary and are now seeking an Assistant in the Commercial Department due to a substantial increase in instructions.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To build own case load in a thriving department taking instructions on new enquiries and providing advice and handling cases autonomously and as part of a team on the larger transactional cases.
  2. To build relationships with clients and internal and external contacts on behalf of the Team.
  3. To use initiative to prepare contracts, correspondence and legal documents using Case Management including use of Practical Law.

Person specification essential skills and qualifications

  • Strong academic record.
  • The ability to work on your own and as part of a team.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent organisation, presentation and communication skills.
  • To have good connections and a desire to network.

Personal attributes

  • Be reliable and diligent with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.

Please contact James O’Donnell with your CV on james@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk; rebecca@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk

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Conveyancing Assistant

Location: Grasscroft, Saddlewoth
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience.
Reports to: Head of Department (HOD) /Director
Job Purpose: Legal assistant in the conveyancing team.

Key Objectives

CQS accredited firm is now seeking a Conveyancing Fee Earner.

The Firm

We are a dynamic award-winning multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK. Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programmes and provide a working environment, which is both supportive and challenging. Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern and fresh approach we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards. Enjoying continual success and growth we are highly regarded within the legal market. Offering great career prospect and competitive salary, we are now seeking a Conveyancing Fee Earner.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To be the main point of contact for clients in the absence of his/her Head of Department.
  2. To build relationships with clients and internal and external contacts on behalf of the team.
  3. To attend clients/contacts in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner in keeping with the Firm’s standards for client care. Ensuring all telephone calls are returned within 2 hours of receipt wherever possible or at the latest, prior to close of business on each working day.
  4. To use initiative to prepare correspondence and legal documents using case management and to ensure a high quality of the documents, faxes and photocopies.
  5. To progress case management within the limit of their ability as requested by their supervisor.
  6. To open files and run a case load independently as part of a team.
  7. To prepare mail and enclosures for dispatch.
  8. To maintain and update the filing systems.
  9. To answer the telephones promptly, taking messages and following up where necessary in a pro-active manner.
  10. To use initiative to progress files within the limits of his/her own ability.
  11. To provide high quality legal advice and support services to our clients in the Residential Conveyancing process. To assist the firm in achieving its stated professional and commercial objectives.
  12. The role will involve assisting with file set up, searches, drafting contracts, enquiries, completion statements, redemption statements, SDLT applications, drafting land registry forms, liaising with clients, estate agents, mortgage brokers and other third parties, file closure and archiving
  13. To be able to run a busy case load across all areas of residential conveyancing including: freehold sales and purchase, leasehold sales and purchase, shared ownership, new builds, help to buy shared equity, right to buy, re-mortgage, transfers of equity and transfers of part
  14. Perform all usual tasks relating to the conveyancing process i.e. taking instructions, preparing contracts, raising and dealing with enquiries, examining title, reporting to clients on search results and title, processing mortgage offers, attending to exchange and completion, preparing completion statements and attending to registration
  15. Contribute to the business development efforts of others.
  16. To assist HOD/Director in the management of caseload by actioning legal procedures as directed by the HOD/Director.
  17. To assist HOD/Director in the management of caseload by dealing with file related queries either face to face or by telephone.

Person Specification Essential Skills & qualifications

  • A good level of education.
  • Competent typing ability.
  • Excellent IT Skills with working knowledge of all MS applications especially Word.
  • Have excellent organisational and communication skills. Desirable Skills & qualifications
  • Have an in depth understanding of the conveyancing process and technical title issues.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience working within residential conveyancing is essential

Personal Attributes

  • Be reliable and diligent, with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.
  • Have a high level of confidentiality.

Please contact Claire Egerton and Rebecca O’Donnell with your CV on claire.egerton@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk and rebecca@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk 

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Senior Conveyancing Fee Earner Role– Residential Conveyancing

  1. JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for an experienced Solicitor or Conveyancing Executive to join our busy and expanding residential transactional team. The candidate will deal with Residential Conveyancing and Transactional work including sales, purchases and re-mortgages of freehold and leasehold title as well as registered and unregistered titles. Focus will be on local work and nurturing the established relationships with local agents and clients of the firm.

Purchase

  • Initial Title Check on receipt of Contract Pack
  • Raise enquiries
  • Carry out initial searches
  • Check responses to enquiries and search results
  • Check mortgage offer prior to report to client
  • Prepare Report on Title and send out with documents for signature
  • Prepare file for pre-exchange
  • Exchange contracts Prepare draft transfer and requisitions or delegate to Conveyancing Assistants where appropriate
  • Prepare financial statements and finance chits for checking/signature by Senior Fee Earner
  • Chase clients for balances due
  • Prepare Certificate on Title for signature by Senior Fee Earner
  • Prepare file for completion
  • Deal with all aspects of completion and liaise with Senior Fee Earner on problem issues including preparation of accurate completion statements and accounts
  • Prepare files for registration and pass to Post Completions Clerk Deal with straightforward LR requisitions
  • Deal promptly with outstanding matter balances to enable files to be closed

Sale

  • Prepare contract documentation
  • Deal with enquiries/liaise with Senior Fee Earner to deal with complex enquiries
  • Prepare file for pre-exchange
  • Exchange contracts
  • Prepare file for completion – obtain redemption statements, estate agents accounts and any other financial information Prepare financial statements and finance chits for checking/signature by Senior Fee Earner
  • Deal with all aspects of completion and liaise with Senior Fee Earner on problem issues
  • Ensure that all undertakings discharged and outstanding balances dealt with
  • Pass files to Conveyancing Assistants for closure as soon as possible after completion.
  1. Customer Service
  • Comply with internal and external Service Level Agreements
  • Use Online Tracking or other updating systems effectively
  • Deal with routine calls for updates from clients/third parties
  • Report any customers services issues or complaints to Senior Fee Earner or refer to Head of Department or Head of Compliance and Risk Management where appropriate
  1. IT
  • To use the Outlook calendar and the firms Case Management for effective diary management
  1. General
  • To attend and represent the department at meetings, as required.
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties as may be required.
  • To attend relevant training opportunities to ensure achievement of annual CPD Requirements (where needed).
  • To co-operate with and take part in the Firm’s appraisal scheme.
  • To ensure compliance with the Firm’s CQS policies
  • To demonstrate support for the Firm’s Vision and Values.

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Dispute Resolution Secretary

This role will suit an experienced Secretary/PA who will work closely with Directors and Fee Earners offering full secretarial support within our Dispute Resolution and Employment Law departments.

Job Type:            Permanent, Full time

Location:            Grasscroft, Saddleworth

Salary:                 Negotiable depending upon experience

Reports to:         Head of Department/Director/James O’Donnell

Job Purpose:      To provide full secretarial support within the Dispute Resolution and Employment Law departments.

Key objectives

Award winning firm seeking a Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Secretary on a full-time basis.

The Firm

We are a dynamic and award-winning multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the UK.  Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programs and provide a working environment, which is both supportive and challenging.  Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern fresh approach, we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.  We are enjoying continuous success and continuous growth and are highly regarded within the legal market.  We would offer great career prospects and a competitive salary and are now seeking a Legal Secretary due to a substantial increase in instructions.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide full secretarial support including;

  • diary management
  • audio and copy typing
  • booking meeting rooms
  • liaising with clients and dealing with client enquiries by e-mail and telephone
  • preparing bills
  • maintaining files
  • using the firms case management system
  • preparing bundles

Person specification essential skills and qualifications

  • Strong academic record.
  • The ability to work on your own and as part of a team.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent organisation, presentation and communication skills.
  • Previous experience working as a Legal Secretary is essential.
  • Previous experience supporting multiple fee earners simultaneously is preferred.

Personal attributes

  • Be reliable and diligent with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.

Please contact James O’Donnell with your CV on james@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk; rebecca@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk