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Trainee Solicitor

Position: Trainee Solicitor with an emphasis on Family Law

Location: Grasscroft and Uppermill Offices

Hours: Full-Time

The Firm

We are a dynamic and award-winning multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West of England and beyond. Our working environment is both supportive and challenging. We are enjoying continuous success and growth and are highly regarded within the Legal Market.

We are now inviting Applications for a Trainee Solicitor to start with us in 2021.

The Role will be predominately within the Family Department but you will be encouraged to maximise your potential and explore your skills set within other areas of law and develop new ideas and initiatives. You will receive hands on practical experience working closely with Directors and Fee Earners within each department.

Preferred Skills, Experience and Qualifications

You should:

• Have a minimum of a 2.1 Degree
• Be approachable and personable
• Be highly organised
• Be able to work well within a team
• Have completed the LPC
• Have a desire to carry out business development
• Have excellent IT Skills
• Have excellent organisation, presentation and communication skills
• Have good interpersonal skills
• Be reliable and diligent with good attention to detail
• Have a positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment

How to Apply

Please submit a covering letter as well as your CV to Anthony Jones – anthony@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk and to Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane – gianna@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk

With your covering letter you will also need to include the following:

• A challenge you have faced and how you overcame it
• Why you have decided to enter the legal profession
• Why you have chosen to apply to O’Donnell Solicitors
• Why you believe you are the right candidate for the role

Deadline

13 September 2021


Dispute Resolution Solicitor

We are expanding.

We are currently looking for an ambitious and driven litigator to join our team in a role focussing on general litigation and some employment on a full time or part time basis.

This role will focus on commercial and civil dispute resolution and practice including acting for Claimant and Defendant in complex disputes. Employment law experience would be of benefit but is not essential.  You should be able to handle matters autonomously.

This is a unique opportunity to join our award-winning firm.

You will be an ambitious individual with good academics. You will be an excellent communicator who is able to interact and build business relationships at all levels. You will have commercial awareness, good command over legal and technical principles and the ability to present facts, law and strategies in a reasoned and persuasive manner.

Please contact Rebecca O’Donnell rebecca@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk to discuss the role in more detail or apply through the vacancy for immediate consideration by submitting your CV.

Please see our website www.odonnellsolicitors.co.uk for more information about our Dispute Resolution department.


Post Completion Clerk

Position: Post Completion Clerk

Department: Residential Conveyancing

Reporting to: Head of Residential Conveyancing

Location: Saddleworth Office

Hours: Full time or part time considered

This  role  is  to  ensure  that  all  post  completion  work  is  carried  out  for  the  Residential Conveyancing teams in a timely manner. As the role  progresses,  the  post holder  will learn additional skills to assist with duties which will further enhance support and enable the fee earners to operate at optimum efficiency. This will include but will not be limited to the main responsibilities given below. The Clerk is expected to use a high degree of self-management and initiative.

Main duties and requirements

  • Manage a diary system to ensure registrations are completed ahead of the Land Registry deadline.
  • Preparation and submission of registrations (Form AP1) to the Land Registry.
  • Prepare and submit Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) forms to HMRC.
  • Dispatch office copy entries together with title deeds to clients, lender clients and any third parties requiring copies.
  • Prepare and send letter to lenders to provide updates on registrations.
  • Attend clients, primarily on the telephone, and provide such support in a professional and friendly manner in-keeping with the Company’s standards for client care.
  • Diarise all requisition deadlines received and to respond to the same within the time frames provided by the Land Registry.
  • Ensure completed files are closed and sent to storage following completion and liaise with fee earners to ensure any balances are rectified in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all New Home Build Warranties are submitted and incepted as soon as possible.
  • Liaise with the Help to Buy post completion team to ensure undertakings are adhered to in a timely manner.
  • Administer both manual and electronic filing daily.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all the Company’s and the Company’s clients’ information and documentation.
  • Contribute as a team member and provide sickness and other absence cover for other members of the team when required.
  • Contribute as a team member in the continual review of efficiencies within the department.
  • On occasion work such hours outside normal hours of employment as the Company considers necessary to meet the needs of the business.

Preferred skills and experience

  • Experience of working in a legal environment along with relevant departmental experience is desirable.
  • Discretion and confidentiality is essential.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise your workload to the required standard and within the required timescales.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team as well as independently.
  • Ability to work under pressure as and when required; this may involve some flexibility in working hours and occasional overtime where deadlines need to be met.
  • Proactive and able to use own initiative within guidelines as set by the Partners and fee earners.

Person specification

  • Self-motivation: energy; positivity; can-do attitude.
  • Flexibility.
  • Confidentiality and discretion.
  • Proactive; willing to use initiative.
  • Able to work well independently as well as part of a team.
  • Willing to develop skills through self-development and specific training when required by the firm.

Any other duties

This job description is not restrictive in any way and should be regarded only as a guideline to the duties required and may be amended in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. The job description does not form part of the Contract of Employment.


Conveyancing Assistant
Job Type (permanent, full time etc): Permanent, Full time
Location: Grasscroft Saddlewoth
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience.
Reports to: Head of Department (HOD) /Director
Job Purpose: To providing legal assistance to conveyancers and clients.

Key Objectives

CQS accredited firm is now seeking Conveyancing Assistant.

The Firm
A dynamic multi-office practice who 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 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 which is reflected in their reputation. Offering great career prospect and competitive salary, we are now seeking a Conveyancing Assistant.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To be one 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 and close files.
  7. To prepare mail and enclosures for despatch.
  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. Controlling the diaries, organising meetings, lunches, booking rooms etc.
  11. To use initiative to progress files within the limits of his/her own ability.
  12. Occasional audio typing to cover absences or excessive work load when required.
  13. Verifying client identification.
  14. To assist HOD/Director in the management of caseload by actioning legal procedures as directed by the HOD/Director.
  15. 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 legal secretary role and administration process within the profession.
  • Knowledge of Conveyancing is preferable but not 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.

Receptionist

Job Type:             Permanent, Full-time

Location:             Grasscroft/Uppermill, Saddleworth

Salary:                  Negotiable depending upon experience

Reports to:          Directors

Job Purpose:       Receptionist

Key objectives

Award winning firm seeking reception support to assist in its busy Head Office on a full-time basis.

The Firm

We are a dynamic multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and the 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 prospects and a competitive salary, we are now seeking a Receptionist to based at our Head Office.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To answer the telephones and correctly direct client calls.
  2. To greet clients attending the office.
  3. General office housekeeping in the reception area.
  4. Providing refreshments to clients and a warm welcome
  5. Assisting with administrative duties and audio typing
  6. Controlling diaries, organising meetings, lunches, booking rooms etc.
  7. Verifying client identification.

Person specification essential skills and qualifications

  • A good level of education.
  • Excellent IT skills with knowledge of all MS applications especially Word.
  • Excellent typing ability.
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills.

Personal attributes

  • Be reliable, presentable 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.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality.

Please contact Rebecca O’Donnell with your CV on rebecca@odonnellsolicitors.co.uk