Commercial Property Solicitor/Legal Executive
Job Title: Commercial Property Solicitor/Legal Executive
Reports To: Property Partners
Purpose of Role
This is a post for the Property Department of Wrigleys. The candidate will join a team of 24 lawyers across 2 offices. The Department specialises in advice to private individuals, companies,and trusts in specialist sector teams focusing on rural and estates, charities and social enterprises, education, faith, transport, commercial and residential sectors.
The role would suit a junior qualified solicitor or legal executive of around 1-3 years PQE. The expectation would be that the individual would provide assistance across the department, with a view to specialising in one of the teams later in their career.
During the probation period and in respect of any unfamiliar work types the candidate will receive regular supervision.
The following is not essential, though desirable. The candidate may be expected to engage in business development activities. The firm hosts occasional seminars in connection with emerging areas of work or in connection with legal developments, in which the solicitor may be invited to participate. Occasionally, it will also be necessary to attend functions for marketing purposes at evenings and weekends, and to expect to travel occasionally as part of the role, but this will likely be fairly minimal. A driving licence and access to a car is therefore desirable, though not essential.
Whilst the successful candidate will handle a wide range of property work they will be encouraged to develop expertise in specific areas.
We are seeking energetic and bright candidates who will get on well with clients, have an interest in our specialist sectors and fit in well with the friendly environment at Wrigleys. Looking forward to the post-lockdown era Wrigleys is moving towards a flexible working environment whereby colleagues will be able to ‘locate for your day’, i.e. work from home or the firm offices subject to client and business needs. The majority of the property Department and the specialist sector teams are based in the Leeds office, so any office based time is more likely to be in Leeds. We are considering candidates who meet the above criteria working full or part time.
Principal Areas of Work
Wrigleys is seeking a property lawyer to join the Property Department who has experience and an interest in some or all of the following:
- Sales and purchases
- Landlord and tenant, and agricultural tenancies
- Secured borrowing and lending
- Our specialist sectors: rural and estates, charities and social enterprises, education, faith, transport, commercial and residential
- Development sites
- Regular property work including title queries and registration work.
Salary and benefits
Salary to be negotiated depending on experience. Salary will be reviewed annually. Benefits include pension, medical and life insurances, 27 days annual leave per year plus Bank Holidays.
Hours and Place of Work
The normal office hours are 37½ hours per week, generally between 9.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., by arrangement. There is a 1 hour lunch break to be taken between 12.00 noon and 2.00 p.m. It is expected that the candidate should devote sufficient time to work in order to conduct his/her workload properly and from time to time this may include working alternative or extra hours. Wrigleys is moving towards a flexible working environment where colleagues can choose to work in the office or at home subject to business and client needs. Time in the office would be primarily in the Leeds office, but you may be required on occasion to work from the firm's Sheffield office, reasonable notice will be given for such a request.
The firm has over 200 employees. The main legal directories recognise various departments and individuals within the firm as leading their field. Candidates should refer to our website (www.wrigleys.co.uk) for further information.
The firm has a commitment to the training of all personnel and is accredited for Lexcel.
Every effort will be made to conduct employment practices and provide the services of the firm in a way which has regard to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity as set out in relevant Codes of Practice.
Please note: The responsibilities identified in this job description are in addition to those detailed in the firm’s standard solicitor job description and are not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive.
Applications for this role should be made by way of CV and covering letter to Linda Simms by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, 19 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AG.