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Housing Disrepair Solicitor/Litigator

Summary of Role

The job holder will provide efficient and effective legal advice, assistance and representation for private and CFA funded clients maintaining the highest standards of professional expertise and client care at all times. They can expect to run a caseload consisting of housing disrepair work and be actively involved in the growth of the department. The job holder will be expected to make every effort to obtain a speedy result for the client, to be accessible to their clients and to maintain regular and appropriate contact with them. They will also be expected to deal effectively and considerately with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

 

They will also be responsible to a supervisor nominated by the firm for their day to day performance in respect of their legal work.

 

Responsibilities:

Casework

  • Deal with correspondence and telephone queries
  • Deal with clients requiring housing disrepair advice in person, managing the client’s expectations
  • Provide written advice to the client, where necessary
  • Maintain proper diary systems i.e. court dates, limitation dates and timetables set by courts
  • Produce documents and instructions and obtain expert reports
  • Negotiate settlements with other parties
  • Attend court alone or with counsel, and conduct own advocacy where necessary/appropriate
  • Brief counsel, where necessary/appropriate
  • Assess clients for legal representation

 

Miscellaneous

  • Travel to other branch offices and other locations as required in order to carry out casework
  • Keep up to date with changes in the law and procedures
  • Deal quickly and efficiently with clients
  • Ensure that cases are conducted in accordance with Law Society/SRA guidelines
  • Ensure compliance with Lexcel procedures
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Meet chargeable time, financial and other targets, as set by the Partners
  • Attend meetings and training sessions, where relevant to general casework
  • Maintain diaries, including any team diary
  • Check and action files for review
  • Deal with ledger print outs for files and closing files
  • Manage own continuing professional development
  • Promote the firm and the work of the Housing team externally, with the aim of increasing the number of clients of the team and building relationships with external organisations, including referring organisations
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of GDPR and Equality Standards

 

The job holder will be expected to carry out any other tasks as reasonably delegated to them by the Head of Housing.

 

Skills and capabilities

 Communication – written and spoken, active listening

 Problem Solving

 Ability to develop relationships

 Ability to learn

 Computer Literacy

 Ability to work as part of a team

 Ability to work on own initiative

 Understanding of the firm’s business and the marketplace

 Role model best practices

Job Type

permanent

Salary

£25,000 - £40,000

Town/City

BLACKBURN

Post Code

BB1

Country