Both posts are offered as Fixed Term appointments for an initial period of 2 years. Depending on the progress of the candidate and the programme, the post may be extended for a further period.
Portsmouth City Council has committed to spending £20 million each year for the period 2020-21 to 2024-25 on repurchasing council housing. As such, a unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced conveyancer to be an integral part of the success of this programme.
What is the role?
- To provide quality advice and support to the Housing Service and other departments where appropriate.
- You will have your own case load consisting of housing repurchase matters, as directed by the client department. You will be responsible for progressing the conveyancing from initial instructions through the post completion matters and addressing any title issues that arise.
- Assisting colleagues when required on other day to day property matters.
- Answering queries relating to property from within the council and assisting with replies to resident queries.
- Providing supervision to more junior members of the team where necessary and managing the timely completion of the repurchases including reporting to the manager of the Property team and client as to progress of the repurchases being dealt with by the team (higher banding)
- Liaising with other internal stakeholders as appropriate.
Who is the person?
Experience of preparing all necessary legal documentation in respect of routine / non-complex conveyancing cases using precedent documentation.
- Good attention to detail and a pragmatic, flexible and commercial approach to problem solving.
- An excellent communicator at all levels.
- Organised and able to prioritise a sometimes heavy caseload.
- An ability to identify legal problems and provide pragmatic solutions to them.
- Able to engage and develop relationships on behalf of legal services with our client departments and other internal stakeholders.
- An understanding of working in a politically sensitive environment
- A qualified solicitor, legal executive, licensed conveyancer or experienced paralegal.
- Experience of working in a local government legal service (preferable).
- You will need to demonstrate tangible evidence of your experience and successes in the following:
- residential purchases and disposals
- title enquiries and registrations
- housing law
- supporting other members of staff in developing their skills
- You will be:
- Organised with an attention to detail, as you will be dealing with a high caseload.
- Expected to ensure work is completed within agreed timescales with excellent outcomes.
- Responsible and accountable for the delivery of your personal tasks and outcomes.
- An excellent communicator with good influencing skills as you will be dealing with people at all levels of the organisation.
- Able to ensure your advice is understood and implemented.
- Able to engage and develop relationships on behalf of legal services at meetings.
- Consistent, supportive, proactive and flexible.
- Adaptable to the changing needs of the service and to support the Council’s core business priorities.
- Work effectively with colleagues to deliver an effective, efficient, and excellent legal service, and engaging with internal and external stakeholders.
- Committed to team success with a positive and energetic attitude. Able to work in a collegiate and collaborative manner where appropriate.
- Proud of your and our successes.
- Able to promote and maintain effective working practices, including compliance with the LEXCEL practice standards and accompanying adherence to corporate policies and procedures including GDPR compliance.
- Committed to delivering exceptional legal services of a high professional standard.
- Confident using IT systems including a legal case management system.
- Able to work remotely using appropriate technology and work in the office when required.
Applications will be accepted from:
- Experienced Paralegals;
- Licensed Conveyancers;
- Legal Executives; and
Attendance at the Civic Offices in Portsmouth is likely to be required one or two days a week
Practising Certificates for Solicitors
You may opt into the department bulk renewal for the renewal of your certificate, however you should note that the Council does not cover this cost.