Residential Conveyancing Lawyers – East Devon/Somerset

Everys’ Residential Conveyancing Department is committed to getting the job right by taking the time to get to know the client and understanding each unique situation. Typical work in the department includes buying and selling, starting out, buy to let, remortgaging, equity release or investing in a new home. Our clients can rely on honest, practical and imaginative solutions, given in plain English. Our friendly and local approach means that wherever possible we offer direct access to the person conducting each file for all our clients.

The Role

We are currently recruiting experienced residential conveyancing lawyers. The successful candidates will join a high-performing team and will be required to provide an important contribution to the work of the Residential Conveyancing department, supporting the ongoing growth and development of the department’s activities and contributing to the growth of client work and fee income.

It is likely that you will be at least 2 years PQE or have a similar level of experience as you will be required to successfully manage your own caseload, work confidently with minimal supervision and be able to produce the majority of your own documents and correspondence through our case management system.

You will need to work effectively with clients and other members of the department. You will be expected to deal professionally and efficiently with a wide range of work while complying with procedures and working practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • You must be experienced in running your own caseload with minimal supervision.
  • You will be required to undertake residential conveyancing work providing a speedy, efficient and accurate service to our clients making best use of the technology in place.
  • You will also be required to work with a team of conveyancers, implementing and maintaining procedures to ensure there are streamlined and effective working practices.
  • You will be required to introduce new business by developing and maintaining business relationships with referrers in this area of work and this locality. This particularly relates to the introduction and increase of private residential conveyancing work.
  • You are also likely to be required to increase the firm’s panel membership work and maintain business relationships with the relevant organisations.

Skills/Knowledge/Experience

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of successfully working in a Residential Conveyancing department undertaking this nature of work.
  • A focus on developing and maintaining professional and effective client relationships at all levels, with excellent communication and relationship management skills.
  • Successful track record of involvement in both marketing initiatives and activities aimed at increasing fee income both raising your own profile and that of the business.
  • A flexible approach and the capability to work well and flourish within a team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with other colleagues internally, both within the wider team and across all practice areas and offices.
  • Ability to meet financial and non-financial targets together with other broader objectives set for the successful performance of this role.
  • Demonstrate ability to follow procedures in accordance with professional body requirements – for example, Lexcel compliance, a firm’s internal procedures and meeting all compliance and quality targets.
  • A flexible and enthusiastic approach which demonstrates commercial awareness and business aptitude in making decisions on a day-to-day basis.
  • Clear, concise and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good IT skills including the use of case management software.
  • Ability to produce work which is accurate and presented in a well ordered manner.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Forward-thinking with a willingness to embrace changing working practices and proactively getting involved in the continuous improvement of services, products and processes.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritise effectively.

Location

Everys has a flexible approach and we are interested in applications relating to any of our offices. Although office based to start with, once the successful candidate is familiar with our working practices, remote working, combined with some office time each week, is also available.

This is an excellent opportunity to become an integral member of our Residential Conveyancing department and thrive in a professional and friendly environment. If you are looking for a new challenge please send your CV to jo.garrod@everys.co.uk

Secretary/Administration Assistant – Sidmouth, Full-time

We have a vacancy for a Secretary/Administration Assistant in our Sidmouth office. This is a full-time role (five days each week) Monday to Friday inclusive, working from 8.45am to 5.15pm with a one hour lunch break.

We are looking for an organised individual that preferably has previous secretarial/administration experience. You will be confident managing a busy workload with the ability to use your own initiative and work well under pressure.

The successful candidate will need to be able to:

  • Provide secretarial/administrative support to both our private client and conveyancing lawyers based in the Sidmouth office.
  • Successfully undertake general office based administrative duties.
  • Welcome callers to the office in a friendly and professional manner, ensuring the person for whom they are visiting is notified as quickly as possible.
  • Answer incoming calls by means of our centralised telephone system – dealing with calls in a prompt, efficient and courteous manner, taking accurate details and either placing the call or passing details on as quickly as possible.
  • Deal with card payments/ID from callers to the office.
  • Demonstrate good organisation skills.
  • Manage conflicting demands in a professional and calm manner.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Cope well under pressure, with an ability to work flexibly and cope with changing priorities.
  • Take a positive and proactive approach to work, anticipating and meeting the needs of the office.
  • Be competent in using Word and other Microsoft Office programmes (Outlook and Excel).

This is an excellent opportunity to become an integral member of our Sidmouth office and thrive in a professional and friendly environment. If you are looking for a new challenge please send your CV together with covering letter to jo.garrod@everys.co.uk.

Conveyancing Secretary/Assistant Vacancies

Owing to volume of work, we currently have vacancies for experienced Conveyancing Secretaries/Assistants in each of our Exeter, Honiton, Sidmouth and Taunton offices.

The roles require organised individuals with excellent audio typing skills. You will be confident managing a busy workload and must be able to use your own initiative and work well under pressure. You will also support members of the Residential Conveyancing Department on a remote basis by means of winscribe digital dictation together with assisting with Reception cover (in your place of work) at lunchtime and in the event of absence.

The successful candidate will need to be able to:

  • Assist in the progression of a conveyancing transaction to include:
  • Exchanging contracts and dealing with completions; Preparation of contracts, transfers, trust deeds and correspondence; dealing with completion statements; raising solicitors invoices; drawing up contracts; taking instructions from and liaising with clients; undertake online searches; and complete Land Registry and SDLT forms online.
  • Provide secretarial assistance to residential conveyancing lawyers based in your place of work and remotely as required.
  • Participate in rotas for the purposes of Reception/Post cover.
  • Deal with telephone calls in a confident manner providing clear, accurate and up to date information.
  • Produce documents using the Firm’s case management software.
  • Demonstrate good administrative skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate good organisation skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Cope well under pressure, with an ability to work flexibly and cope with changing priorities.
  • Take a positive and proactive approach to work, anticipating and meeting the needs of the department.
  • Be receptive to receiving and acting on instructions given by immediate supervisor.
  • Be competent in using Word and other Microsoft Office programmes (Outlook and PowerPoint).

These are excellent opportunities to become integral members of our Residential Conveyancing Department and to thrive in a professional and friendly environment. If you are looking for a new challenge, please send your CV to jo.garrod@everys.co.uk.

Senior Private Client Lawyer – East Devon/Somerset

The Role

As a consequence of the continuing volume of high-quality work, an opportunity for an experienced fee earner has arisen in our Private Client Department. The role is likely to suit a STEP qualified experienced lawyer who is looking to take on and process an exciting client portfolio.

The successful candidate will be required to provide an important contribution to the work of the Private Client Department and be used to carrying out private client work at a technical level. They will also be required to support the ongoing development of the department’s activities and would be expected to contribute to the growth of client work and fee income.

The candidate will need to work effectively with clients and other members of the Private Client Department. They will also be expected to deal professionally and efficiently with a wide range of work whilst complying with procedures and working practices.

The candidate will need to be able to work confidently with minimal supervision. They may also be required to supervise, support, and mentor more junior members of the team.

Key responsibilities

  • Working with HNW clients
  • Good knowledge of trusts including administration and creation
  • Tax planning expertise including BPR, APR, and foreign aspects
  • Complex probates
  • Advising on and preparing Wills, Codicils, and Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Providing inheritance tax planning and family succession advice
  • Mentoring and supporting junior members of the department

Skills/ Knowledge/ Experience

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of successfully working in a Private Client Department undertaking the work above
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritise effectively
  • Excellent IT skills including the use of case management software and Excel
  • Ability to produce work that is accurate and presented in a well-ordered manner
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Clear, concise, and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate ability to follow procedures in accordance with professional body requirements (for example Lexcel compliance) and firm’s internal procedures, together with meeting all compliance and quality targets
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills with a focus on developing and maintaining professional and effective client relationships at all levels
  • A flexible approach and the capability to work well and flourish within a team environment
  • Ability to work effectively with other colleagues internally, both within the wider team and across all practice areas and offices
  • A flexible and enthusiastic approach, which demonstrates commercial awareness and business aptitude in making decisions on a day-to-day basis

Location

Everys has a flexible approach and we are interested in applications relating to any of our offices. Although office-based to start with, once the successful candidate is familiar with our working practices, remote working combined with some office time each week is also available.

This is an excellent opportunity to become an integral member of our Private Client Department and to thrive in a professional and friendly environment. If you are looking for a new challenge please send your CV and a covering letter to jo.garrod@everys.co.uk.

Investment Assistant/Administrator – Honiton

Every Investment Management is a division within a well-established legal practice which provides a Discretionary Portfolio Management Service for Private Clients, Trusts and Charities.

Our clients have the reassurance of knowing that the service we provide is truly bespoke. Our Discretionary Management Service allows us to tailor and structure investments which reflect the current and future needs of our clients and, through continual evaluation, we ensure that when circumstances change, we can act quickly.

Owing to volume of work, we are seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist the investment managers with the management of client portfolios and associated day to day administration. Part-time hours over five days each week will be considered.

The successful candidate will assist in the following duties:

  • Supporting the investment managers in the management of client portfolio and associated administration.
  • Carrying out investment research as directed by the investment managers
  • Investment dealing, handling corporate events, account opening, cash movements/ISA funding and general reporting responsibilities
  • Be the main contact for our administration and custody provider
  • Supporting the Client Investment Coordinator with general administration duties as required
  • Implementing/developing general policies and office procedures
  • Keeping up-to-date with industry/market/economic news and developments
  • Letter/report writing
  • Occasionally attending client meetings

Other duties will include dealing, research, assisting with general compliance responsibilities, client record/database management, answering general client queries and dealing with trust administrators/solicitors/accountants.

The successful candidate will be someone who can work on their own initiative and looking for a varied role within a small and friendly team. Support will be available for gaining industry qualifications.  Previous experience in a similar role would be preferable but consideration will be given to all applicants who have a strong administrative career background.  Accuracy and attention to detail is essential for this role.

For an informal initial discussion, please call Vince Hawkes on 01404 541922

Litigation Solicitor – Exeter, Full-time

Everys has been providing high quality legal advice to families and businesses across the region for many years. Offering a full range of legal services delivered professionally yet personally, we place great value in the ongoing relationships we have with our clients. We always provide a welcoming and helpful service, with clear communication at the heart of everything we do.

We believe in developing and maintaining strong links with the communities in which we work and live and are strong supporters of a wide range of sporting and charitable organisations across Devon and Somerset.

Our Litigation Department deals with a broad range of civil litigation work and currently comprises one Partner, one Senior Associate and a Paralegal supported by a team of three secretaries.

We currently have a full-time vacancy for an ambitious and energetic Litigation Solicitor to join our friendly, hard working, dynamic department.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently to such a degree that you do not need day-to-day support, although regular supervision will be provided.

The role will include running your own caseload of fast track and other medium level cases up with a value of up to approximately £50,000 or equivalent.

A guideline for experience is PQE 3 to 5 years although any qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive with in excess of 2 years PQE will be considered.

You must have experience of three or more of the areas below:

  • Employment law to include advising on Settlement Agreements, tribunal proceedings and employment claims in the County Court
  • Personal injury, including RTA claims, EL and Claims.
  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial disputes
  • Insolvency
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant

Knowledge of the areas below would be useful, but is not essential:

  • Property Disputes
  • Contentious Probate

A proven track record in developing an area of work would be useful, together with a willingness to be involved in the firm’s marketing and business development plan. Local knowledge is also important, as many of our clients come from the local community and choose us because we offer a personalised bespoke service.

A full Driving Licence is required as you will need to be able to work from different locations as the business need requires and to meet with clients and their other professional advisors at any of our offices or their premises.

To be successful in this role you will need to have a robust attitude, ability to think strategically, attention to detail, good interpersonal skills and willing to take the initiative and put forward ideas and make suggestions.

This post will provide excellent career prospects in due course for the right person.

This is an exciting opportunity to become an integral member of our Litigation Department and to thrive in a professional and friendly atmosphere offering a competitive salary. If you are looking for a new challenge please send your CV to jo.garrod@everys.co.uk