We are always looking for talented people to join us. If you are enthusiastic, pragmatic and want to join our friendly team to achieve your full potential, and help others achieve theirs, we would love to hear from you.

Our exceptional lawyers handle a wide range of property transactions – including the acquisition and disposal of interests in real estate on individual sites and property portfolios, planning, environment and construction work, landlord and tenant matters and taxation and finance issues. We also have a team specialising in property litigation work for commercial and private clients. We pride ourselves on providing City quality work outside London.

Supporting these lawyers with administrative tasks you will gain a great insight into different aspects of property work. You’ll assist with more straightforward (but still essential) work such as document reproduction, scanning and archiving to a high standard to ensure our transactions are managed accurately and efficiently. As your knowledge and skills develop you will also undertake company searches, on-line data room management, document drafting, drafting and filing SDLT returns and a variety of other tasks, building your expertise and the complexity of your work according to your ability.

We think it’s a great starting point to build a quality legal career. We are looking for applicants with at least a law degree or GDL, able to demonstrate a strong intellect, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, perseverance and a ‘can do’ attitude. Those qualities are more important to us than relevant paralegal experience. If these attributes shine out from your CV and covering letter, we would like to hear from you.

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As part of a wider Residential Conveyancing Department, the team provides a tailored service for a wide range of developer clients from national housebuilders and joint venture partners to local smaller scale developers and first time developers.  Joining the team, you’ll assist with sales of new-build and property conversions of houses and flats, sold off plan or already built, freehold and leasehold,  under a variety of options for purchasing including out-right sale, part-exchange and government incentive schemes.

The work is varied and stimulating, but it is also busy and challenging.  You will need to be extremely organised and comfortable having direct contact with clients and purchasers’ legal representatives. You will be expected to manage your own caseload under the supervision of our Head of New Homes. Not all transactions run entirely smoothly and a good degree of resilience and composure is required to provide a high-quality and professional service at all times. But you won’t be doing this alone: you’ll be part of a small, friendly team and valued for your individual contribution with support to develop your skills and experience.

Ideally you will already have at least 6 months of conveyancing / property experience as a paralegal or trainee legal executive but LPC graduates with other paralegal experience and a genuine interest in conveyancing as a career will also be considered.

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Our team covers a wide mix of corporate work with additional tax, banking, charities, private equity/venture capital and insolvency expertise. With us, you’ll have an opportunity to gain a wide range of experience and, possibly, to build a more specialist expertise in one or more areas according to client needs and your talents and interests. Our clients vary in size from start-ups to multi-national businesses, giving you great exposure to a range of different deal types, with plenty of opportunity to take early responsibility, according to your abilities.

We will help you build your career with excellent ongoing development and supervision in a supportive and friendly team.  We have a strong firm ethos with plenty of social and CSR activities across the firm.

We are known for our pragmatic, commercial and personal service and for forging long-term client relationships, so we like to recruit down-to-earth and approachable people. We are open to considering applications from candidates qualifying as solicitors up to September 2019 providing they have already completed a corporate seat during their training contract, but we would also like to hear from candidates with some post qualification experience.

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The role

Being part of the largest Real Estate team in the Thames Valley gives our Property Litigation team access to a diverse and interesting range of clients and cases, including a significant number of developers and also a variety of corporate occupiers and private individuals.

You will in part support the team leader, Paul Dench, and the other senior members of the team, but you will mostly be managing your own broad caseload with appropriate support and supervision. For developers you may be advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and dealing with minor land rights affecting development including easements, drainage, rights of way and profit a prendre etc. You will be dealing with the recovery of land from trespassers, tenants and persons unknown; boundary disputes; adverse possession claims; contentious landlord and tenant issues, including the termination, surrender and renewal of commercial leases, rent reviews, break notices, lease forfeiture; rent and service charge arrears; service charge disputes; enforcement of securities on behalf of mortgagees and more.  You may also find yourself providing advice and to the non-contentious departments as part of corporate and due diligence support.

You will be provided with plenty of training and supervision to help you develop your career in property litigation.

The role is offered on a full-time basis (35 hours/week) and we may be able to consider part-time hours for the right candidate.

About you

Your potential is important to us and we are looking for someone to make a difference and build a long-term career at FSP.

Ideally, you will be a qualified solicitor or equivalent with at least 2 years’ pqe gained in property litigation, but your experience may be in a different type of litigation. Alternatively, you may currently be a non-contentious real estate lawyer looking to move into a litigation team.  Providing that you have a genuine interest in moving into this area and can demonstrate the appropriate transferable skills, we can support you with a move into this specialist field

You’ll be able to demonstrate a strong intellect, good drafting and negotiating skills and the ability to support a diverse range of clients.

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The FSP corporate team:

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-respected and expanding team with a real mix of work and clients. The corporate team is led by 7 partners and includes both tax and banking specialists. It draws on support as required from our employment, commercial contracts/IP, commercial property and dispute resolution teams. The team prides itself on its collegiate and supportive ethos and being able to deliver practical solutions to clients which meet their commercial requirements. The team’s core focus is advising owner-managed SMEs but our client basis varies from start-ups through to multi-national organisations.

 

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Working for FSP

We have fantastic people at Field Seymour Parkes, from our receptionists to our partners, and we know that every single one of them is key to our success.

We have a track record in developing people and their careers, with success being rewarded regardless of length of service or background. There are opportunities for all and we encourage engagement, participation and responsibility at all levels.

In the same way that we build lasting relationships to support our clients through their personal and business lives, we aim to do the same for our employees. Our recently refurbished offices in the heart of Reading are a great place to work, but we also understand that our people have lives outside of their job and offer enhanced family-friendly benefits.

If you are enthusiastic, pragmatic and want to join our friendly team to achieve your full potential, and help others achieve theirs, we would love to hear from you.