Real estate paralegal

We are seeking to recruit a paralegal on a permanent basis to join the real estate asset management team providing asset management services to Legal & General’s Industrial Property Investment Fund (the “Fund”) within our commercial real estate group.

The team

The team is comprised of one partner, one senior associate, five solicitors (at different PQE levels) and one administrator.  The candidate will work closely with and provide support to the senior associate and solicitors in the team as well as assisting the administrator in uploading details of completed transactions on to the client's property management system.  The team is close-knit, friendly, supportive and consistently busy. 

Macfarlanes has been acting for the Fund since the Fund's inception 20 years ago.  The Fund was the best-performing unlisted property fund over one, three and five years, according to the AREF/MSCI (IPD) UK Quarterly Property Fund Index 2017.  The Fund specialises in multi-let industrial and trade assets in the South East and further afield.

The role

  • Granting short term leases, tenancies at will, licences to alter, sublet and assign;
  • Preparing and serving Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 section 25 notices;
  • Negotiating and completing wayleave agreements in favour of various service providers;
  • Advising on the validity of tenant break notices;
  • Excellent opportunity to gain some good general property experience;
  • Data inputting details of completed transactions into the client’s property management system to generate rent demands and reminders of contractual expiry dates, rent review dates and break dates;
  • Reporting into the Senior Associate who leads the team and general administrative support to the wider team.  Additional responsibilities will arise on occasions to accommodate periods of absence and assist with busy workloads.

This list is not exhaustive and may vary to accommodate changing business needs.

The candidate

  • A law degree or equivalent is essential;
  • Previous experience in a paralegal/real estate role would be desirable;
  • The ideal candidate will evidence a keen interest in real estate affairs;
  • The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to multitask and work under pressure with competing deadlines is essential, with an organised, meticulous and methodical work ethic maintained at all times;
  • A self-motivated and pro-active stance should be applied to work following appropriate instruction, and the ideal candidate will take responsibility for the quality of output delivered.
  • Effective interpersonal skills are key to this role both to build credible relationships with the client and to work effectively with other team members.

Paralegal development

We have a paralegal development programme which is designed to equip our paralegals with the broad range of skills and knowledge they need to be effective in their roles. The programme also includes sessions covering essential legal and business skills required at the start of a career in law, recognising the fact that many solicitors begin their careers as paralegals. For the right candidate, this role could either provide an opportunity for a long-term paralegal position or potentially a stepping stone towards a training contract.

Our commitment to inclusion

At Macfarlanes we understand the importance of an inclusive culture, the continued development of which has been identified as one of our key priorities.  Our focus is to foster an inclusive culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership.  It is about recruiting, retaining and promoting all groups in the firm fairly, and we are continually reviewing our processes to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance.  An inclusive, forward-thinking culture also enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, bringing different perspectives and experiences, making Macfarlanes an exciting and stimulating place to work.  We seek to recruit the best candidates, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

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