04 Jun, 2019

Residential Lawyer

  • Barcan+Kirby
  • Clifton, Bristol, UK
Full time Lawyer

Job Description

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced residential lawyer to join our friendly, award-winning firm in Bristol.

Key responsibilities

Fee earning work

You will undertake certain elements of fee earning work. In particular:

  • Interviewing clients, taking instructions, keeping detailed file notes of instructions received and of advice given and of any other attendances upon clients and other parties
  • Maintaining file check lists
  • At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner
  • Assessing quality of work undertaken
  • Issuing ‘client care letters’
  • Taking forward matters including drafting or considering contract packages
  • Raising enquiries
  • Submitting all appropriate searches
  • Conducting exchanges of contract
  • Agreeing form of transfer deeds and raising requisitions
  • Completing matters on schedule
  • Advising clients as to the progress of matters and incidence of costs periodically throughout matters
  • Checking and signing files prior to closure
  • Dealing with fax, email and telephone communications promptly
  • Maintaining an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice
  • Checking all draft documents
  • Signing of post
  • Giving undertakings in the approved form in conveyancing matters
  • Compliance with the procedures in the Office Manual
  • Notification to partner as to any complaints received in respect of work undertaken and assistance in resolving any such complaint
  • Management of support services for which you are responsible
  • Participation in marketing activities whether on a firm-wide, departmental or office basis
  • Financial control with particular regard to cash flow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures
  • Ensuring the confidentiality and security of all of the firm’s and clients’ documentation and information
  • Participate in team, departmental and office meetings
  • Maintain an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice

Accounts procedures

  • Preparation of bills of costs, completion statements, exchanging contracts and obtaining the approval of Accounts of all bills prepared
  • Obtaining payment on account from clients
  • Requesting cheques
  • Obtaining partner’s signature on cheques
  • Preparing written requests for bankers drafts
  • Notifying Accounts of department incoming telegraphic transfers
  • Making request for telegraphic transfers (and if so authorised TTs for the firm)
  • Preparing written request for telegraphic transfer for authorisation
  • Counting money received from clients as payments in
  • Requesting transfer of money between client accounts
  • Requesting transfer of money between client and office account
  • Referring amendments to cheques and bills to partners for approval and dealing with the formalities for such amendment
  • Perusing monthly print outs and taking the required action including ensuring that all client money is placed on deposit when required
  • Attending monthly review meetings to report on outstanding bills and disbursements as requested
  • Any other reasonable duties as directed by your manager

Person specification

Knowledge and experience


  • Previous experience as a residential conveyancer is essential for this role
  • IT literate and confident using and adapting to new systems and processes
  • Marketing skills: knowledge and experience of social media and networking as a business development tool


  • Experience of the Bristol market
  • Experience of marketing with local agents



  • Qualified solicitor, legal executive or licensed conveyancer

Skills and competencies

Team orientation

  • Ability to motivate oneself and to set and exceed targets
  • Embraces change and has the ability to respond to external influences and a changing business environment
  • Ability to adapt to continually changing parameters
  • Enjoys working as part of a team, helps and supports others
  • Takes personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of highest quality, shows initiative in improving results


  • Ability to negotiate and has experience of being able to change other people’s views
  • Ability to convey information accurately verbally and in writing and make self understood
  • Can communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • Ability to present information internally and externally, clearly and concisely in written formats with language appropriate to the audience

People management

  • Ability to organise own work within deadlines and to agreed standards
  • Focuses on getting things finished, persists until the job is done
  • Able to be fully productive without being prompted and produces good quality work within own abilities
  • Ability to balance tasks, structure own workload to make best use of time and resources, delivers to deadline
  • Monitors delegated tasks, deals with problems as they arise and feedback given to team member
  • Takes a long-term view, sets goals for the future, taking a strategic perspective

Customer focus

  • Takes ownership of any problems and maintains contact with client until they are resolved
  • Responds promptly within agreed service level standards
  • Anticipates clients’ future requirements, understands business objectives and prioritises, leads and manages others in taking a client approach, takes a lead role in developing new or improved services

Results orientation

  • Focuses on achieving the task and working to individual and team goals
  • Ability to work calmly and maintain a disciplined approach to the task under the pressure of deadlines and/or changing objectives

Problem solving

  • Generates new ideas, enjoys being creative, thinks of original solutions
  • Focuses on detail, is methodical, organised and systematic
  • Ability to view problems and solutions from clients’ and other perspectives, applies experience gained in different circumstances and areas of work to assist with decision making
  • Ability to use own initiative in making sound decisions

Location and salary

  • Based at our Clifton office
  • Full-time position, salary DOE

Competitive Salary



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