Associate Solicitor - Commercial Property
Blackadders presence in Glasgow has continued to grow over the last few years and our strategy is to offer a full service for business and private clients from each of our 5 city centre offices. An opportunity has arisen in our commercial property team based in Glasgow but the candidate we are looking for will form part of a team that serves our clients all over the country.
Our experienced and busy commercial property team currently acts for Banks, SIPP providers, investors, developers, landowners and tenants. In addition to working for the firm’s existing clients, the successful candidate will have a role in developing the growing business of the firm in Glasgow.
A Commercial Property Solicitor with at least 4 + years’ PQE. A strong commercial background with excellent client skills.
Job Title: Associate Solicitor - Commercial Property
Division/Unit: Business Division / Business Unit
Responsible to: Partner, Head of Unit
To provide high quality, legal advice and support service to our clients across the Commercial Property sector. To assist the firm in achieving its stated professional and commercial objectives by developing the commercial property business unit.
• Meeting and interviewing clients to establish the firm’s suitability to provide the necessary advice and services
• Explaining the firm’s fees to clients
• Advising clients on legal issues.
• Taking the clients’ instructions
• Commercial lease agreements
• Researching and analysing information, including, legal documents and local authority land reports, as relevant to the matter in hand
• Corresponding with clients and other solicitors
• Working in a team within the firm, sometimes referring files to the head of department
• Mangement and supervision of assistants, trainee solicitors and paralegals
• Raise the profile and promote the growth of the Commercial Property unit, and generate own business
• Making cross referrals to colleagues
• Liaising with outside agencies
• Undertaking necessary administration, e.g., completing time recording so that charges for work can be calculated, billing clients for work done on their behalf
• Taking referrals from other firms of solicitors when a conflict of interest arises, or if they have no specialist practitioner available.
• Keeping up to date with developments in law and practice
• Keep CPD records up to date and comply with the compulsory CPD requirements
• Adhere to Blackadders policies and procedures and Law Society of Scotland Regulations, including Money Laundering, Client Charter etc.
• To ensure that Safe Working Practices are adhered to, in accordance with Health and Safety Legislation and Blackadders LLP
• To work and behave in a professional manner and within the highest ethical and other standards of the profession
• Comply with procedures set out in the office procedures manual, professional standards and any requirement set by the Law Society of Scotland
• To ensure monetary transactions are dealt with efficiently and in accordance with Anti money laundering regulations
• To maintain the strictest standards of client confidentiality at all times
Performance Measured By
• Conducting matters on behalf of clients to their satisfaction
• Careful file management and the keeping of detailed contemporaneous attendance notes of all work done on behalf of our clients
• Compliance with time recording requirements and reaching financial targets
• Working knowledge and use of Commercial property
• Efficiency in dealing with work and accuracy of work produced
• Ability to work with initiative; maintaining a flexible and responsible approach
• Personal development and contribution to the overall objectives of the firm
• Good attendance and timekeeping
There may be the requirement to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations would not of themselves justify the re-evaluation of a post. In cases, however, where a permanent and substantial change in the nature of the duties and responsibilities of a post occurs consistent with a higher level of responsibility, then the post would be eligible for re-evaluation.