Paralegal - Real Estate - 6 month contract

  • Lewis Silkin
  • London, UK
  • Feb 13, 2018
Contract Commercial Property / Real Estate Paralegal

Job Description

Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industries alike as being distinct: for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

With 55 partners and more than 340 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions.

In employment, immigration and reward, it is consistently top-ranked, and was named HR Law Firm of the Year 2015 by the Legal 500. With over 100 lawyers, Lewis Silkin’s employment and immigration team offers an unrivalled service supporting clients, including many of the world’s leading businesses, on their HR, employment and immigration law needs domestically and internationally. 

The creators, makers and innovators team is made up of leading advisers for creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses, offering a deep understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate combined with real expertise across a wide range of legal services. From start-ups to multinationals, the firm’s comprehensive and commercially focused advice helps clients succeed in an increasingly complex and converged international marketplace.

The department

Our Real Estate Litigation team (which forms part of our Real Estate group within the CMI Division) deals with all types of property dispute including disputes relating to land acquisition, development and use, commercial landlord & tenant, housing and higher value residential, property finance/insolvency and negligence.  

We litigate in all forums: Privy Council and Appeal Courts, High Court & County Court, property and other tribunals, arbitration and expert determination and ADR/mediation.  The team has been recognised as one of the leading London real estate litigation teams for many years.    The team embody and emphasize a passion for their specialist area, a focus on client delivery, collegiality, hard work, profitability and a good sense of fun.

Responsibilities

This role will involve all aspects of the team’s work (housing, residential and commercial) albeit with more of an emphasis on the commercial side.  It is an established position and we are looking to replace the present incumbent who is taking up a training contract.  

We are looking for a paralegal to join the team on a 6 month fixed term contract. Successful applicants will have strong analytical capabilities and the confidence to shoulder responsibility for their own matters. The role will involve liaising directly with clients and exposure to various pieces of commercial property, residential and housing litigation work.

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Working with the Head of Housing Litigation on a broad range of housing management litigation cases and advisory work.

  • Running independent housing management files such possession cases, disrepair work, anti-social behaviour, tenancy fraud, tenancy renewal work and volume gas injunctions.

    Assisting the commercial real estate litigation partner and fee earner with their cases including business tenancies/lease renewals, commercial L&T work (break clauses, dilapidations etc.), development disputes (including rights of light) and general debt collection and tenant default.

  • Running on-going lease extension/enfranchisement and general management cases for the landlord of a central London block of flats.

  • Working with a full range of clients including registered providers, investors, developers, landlords, tenants, corporate occupiers, retailers, and banks, as required.

  • Assisting with general team caseload and providing advice to fee earners in the wider Property group.

Additional information

Abilities and desired qualities:

  • Legal experience in Housing Management or general Real Estate Litigation is desirable and will be a distinct advantage (although will not be absolutely essential if a candidate otherwise shows a strong aptitude for and fit with the role). 
  • Strong intellectual and analytical skills.
  • Excellent practical and organisational skills (including time and financial management).
  • Ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Good team player and the ability to work autonomously.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Professional in conduct and appearance.