Conveyancer - Bicester Office

Position: Fee Earner/Conveyancer
Department: Residential Property
Reporting to: Residential Property Manager
Team: Team of 4 (Bicester Office)
Terms/Hours: Full time. Monday to Friday 9.00-5.30pm
Salary and Benefits: (Competitive) - Depending on experience, Free Car Parking, Group Life cover, Long service awards, Annual pay reviews, Company sick pay, Pension.

The Role

An opportunity has arisen for a Fee Earner/Conveyancer in our Bicester office, to work as part of a team providing legal services in respect of conveyancing instructions received from Clients and intermediaries. To communicate with clients, referrers, agents, lenders, other parties Solicitors and mortgage brokers. We welcome applicants who are either legally qualified or have relevant experience within residential conveyancing.

Main Responsibilities

Ideal candidates will have a broad range of conveyancing experience including the following areas:

  • Sale & Purchase
  • Freehold and Leasehold
  • Shared Ownership
  • New Build
  • Help to Buy
  • Right to buy
  • To have the ability to recognise and to develop existing and new relationships with agents and introducers.
  • To be able to check titles and leases without supervision (though technical help is available)
  • To use the Case Management System (CMS) to produce letters and documents with and without support.
  • To work with the conveyancing assistant to ensure all matters are brought to completion as soon as possible.
  • To be responsible for own caseload of conveyancing files, with a target of circa 20 completions per month.
  • To have a good knowledge of the preparation of bills and completion statements.
  • To ensure that all undertakings (other than standard ones as to deeds and in Replies to Requisitions) are referred to the Conveyancing Partner.
  • To ensure that high levels of customer service are maintained at all times.
  • To ensure that the Departmental Manager is made aware of any cases where there is reason to believe that it may lead to a problem or complaint.
  • To ensure that telephone calls are dealt with in a professional and friendly manner, that full electronic telephone notes are taken and that calls relating to complaints, which the Fee Earner is unable to resolve, are referred to the Departmental Manager immediately. With the aid of the conveyancing assistant to regularly update clients as to progress of matters.
  • To delegate administrative tasks such as copying, applying for searches and post completion work to the Conveyancing Assistant.
  • To ensure that all matters are billed promptly at completion.
  • To be familiar when required with the operation of all relevant IT facilities including Word, Excel, Laserform, Videss etc.
  • To ensure the confidentiality and security of all Firm and client documentation and information.
  • To provide guidance to the Conveyancing Assistants when required to do so.
  • To undertake any specific training when required to do so
  • To have competent numeracy and spelling skills, and to be able to type and be computer literate.
  • To be able to demonstrate proactivity and attention to detail.
  • To demonstrate organisational and time management skills, and an ability to cope with changing levels of workloads.
  • To demonstrate a willingness to learn and develop in the role.
  • To demonstrate the ability to ask for assistance when required, and a willingness to help other members of the team.

Person Specification

  • Strong administration and organisational skills
  • Works well as a member of a team
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a flexible, ‘can-do’ approach
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Punctual, honest and trustworthy
  • Excellent communication and client service skills
  • Understands requirements under Data Protection Act
  • Understands confidential nature of the environment
  • Patient and able to work under pressure

About the team

Our Residential Conveyancing team consists of 4 staff based in Bicester and have extensive expertise in conveyancing for all types of residential property transactions. Areas of expertise that we excel in include help-to-buy properties, retirement homes; freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages and new build and self build properties. Our clients range from first-time buyers, through to highly experienced property developers and we are proud to consistently achieve an extremely high level of client satisfaction.

Our clients often praise our service level, describing it as being a ‘drama free, thoroughly professional service. Faultless expertise and accurate estimates ’.

About Spratt Endicott

As a Top Tier Legal 500 firm, we have teams of specialist lawyers who help to protect our clients and their families, grow their business and achieve their personal goals. The firm takes pride in its solid reputation for excellence, and passion for developing the team’s expertise. We place high emphasis on the quality of our advice, our first class service and friendly professionals across our six offices. We are also fully supported by our service departments including Marketing, IT, Accounts, HR, Office Services and Compliance.

Working at Spratt Endicott

We can offer you a rewarding career built on continued growth, diversity and achieving the highest standards. You will be working in a collaborative, friendly, extended family environment that values its 145 employees, is BSI and Investors in People Accredited together with holding an enviable staff retention record.

Our Head offices are based in Banbury, with easy access by train, road, (just off M40) to surrounding areas, London, Birmingham and Oxford. We have three further offices in Bicester, Brackley and Buckingham. Our offices are a mixture of attractive modern and Grade II listed buildings, with the latest technology in IT and Communication systems.

What do we offer?

We offer competitive salaries, family friendly policies and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Annual pay reviews
  • Employee Welfare Programme
  • Family Friendly Policies
  • Pension scheme
  • 23 days plus bank holidays per annum (growing with service to 28 days plus bank holidays)
  • Free conveyancing and discounts on legal advice
  • Professional subscriptions paid
  • Sponsorship for professional qualifications
  • Free parking
  • Eye Tests/Flu jabs
  • Group Life cover
  • Income Protection

How to Apply

To apply please forward a covering letter including your salary expectations together with your CV  to Carole Carbery, HR Manager, ccarbery@se-law.co.uk or contact Carole directly on 01295 204047.

Spratt Endicott is a committed Equal Opportunities Employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who applies to or works for the company is treated equally, whatever their gender, race, age, ethic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.



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