At Backhouse Solicitors we take great pride in a fantastic team of people who work together to look after our clients and make this a great place to work.  For that reason we only employ people who share our core values of great service, teamwork and value for money. Below you will find a list of current opportunities in our team – if you think you are the person we are looking for then we would love to hear from you.

We are a growing firm, and as a result we are always looking for people who share our values to join the team.  If that’s you, then we would be very happy to take a look at your CV even if there are no specific roles advertised below – we are always keen to create an opportunity for the right person.  Email your CV and covering letter to Liz Lister at [email protected].

Legal Business Administration Apprentice – Conveyancing

We are looking to recruit a Business Administration Apprentice to join us and provide first class support to our Property team.  We are a successful Law firm in the heart of Chelmsford and are looking to add to our growing team.  This role is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and qualification in business administration in the Legal sector.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working within a small team of conveyancing assistants
  • Dealing with clients over the telephone and face to face
  • Providing quotes to prospective clients using our online quote tool
  • Land Registry Direct system application forms
  • Opening files and proceeding with the initial stages of conveyancing transactions
  • File Closure
  • Building up a good rapport with Estate Agents and other parties

About You

  • Confident, clear and articulate communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Well presented, appropriate to a professional business environment
  • Pleasant telephone manner speaks clearly and fluently
  • Ability to work in a planned and organised way with the ability to multitask
  • Monitors and maintains quality and productivity
  • Adapts and fits in well, able to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with managers, staff and clients.
  • An awareness of the need for confidentiality.
  • Excellent IT Skills
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service
  • A proactive approach and the desire to learn.
  • A willingness to assist colleagues and clients to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Preferred GCSE grades at A-C/9-4 including English and Maths.

Benefits

  • Attractive salary but will depend on experience
  • Pension
  • Friendly working environment
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Does this sound like the perfect role?

If so, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Legal Accounts Apprentice

We are looking to recruit a Legal Accounts Apprentice to join us to assist our Legal Cashier and provide first class support to our Legal teams. We are a successful Law firm in the heart of Chelmsford and are looking to add to our growing team. This role is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and qualification in accounts administration in the Legal sector.

Main Responsibilities

In this role you will be working alongside our Legal Cashier whilst undertaking coursework via our chosen training provider. Your duties will include but not be limited to the following:-

• Posting entries onto Osprey our Case Management System
• Generating bills for all legal departments
• Banking
• Maintaining the purchase ledger
• Reconciliation of bank accounts
• General administration for the accounts department
• Filing
• Managing Petty Cash
• Dealing with bill queries
• File Closure

Person Specification:

• The ability to multi-task and be organised is imperative.
• Confident, clear and articulate communication skills both orally and in writing.
• Pleasant telephone manner speaks clearly and fluently.
• Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.
• Methodical, accurate and consistent even when under pressure.
• Adapts and fits in well, able to work independently and within a team.
• Ability to build effective relationships with managers and staff.
• An awareness of the need for confidentiality.
• Experience using Microsoft office desirable but not essential.
• Professional, polite, enthusiastic and welcoming approach.
• A willingness to assist colleagues and clients to achieve successful outcomes.
• A proactive approach and the desire to learn.
• Preferred GCSE grades at A-C/9-5 including English and Maths.

Benefits

  • Pension
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Does this sound like the perfect role?

If so, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Conveyancing Assistant – Residential Conveyancing

An opportunity has arisen for a Conveyancing Assistant within our very busy Conveyancing Department.  The ideal candidate will have substantial experience of residential conveyancing.  Some knowledge of new build would be useful but not essential.  You will be required to deliver assistance and administrative support together with a flexible and positive approach to working in a busy and demanding growing firm.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working within a small team of conveyancing assistants
  • Dealing with clients over the telephone and face to face
  • Providing quotes to prospective clients using our online quote tool
  • Land Registry Direct system application forms
  • Opening files and proceeding with the initial stages of conveyancing transactions
  • Completing Local Authority, Chancel and other relevant pre-exchange searches
  • Complete Stamp Duty Land Tax forms
  • Post-completion procedures
  • File Closure
  • Building up a good rapport with Estate Agents and other parties

About You

  • You take an active interest in and obtain a thorough understanding of client requirements
  • Previous experience of working within a conveyancing department carrying out residential conveyancing transactions
  • Experience supporting more than one Fee Earner
  • Confident, clear and articulate communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Well presented, appropriate to a professional business environment
  • Pleasant telephone manner speaks clearly and fluently
  • Ability to work in a planned and organised way with the ability to multitask
  • Monitors and maintains quality and productivity
  • Excellent IT Skills
  • Experience of using a case management system preferred but not essential
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service

Working as part of a wider Admin Team you will take part on the Admin Team rota the hours for which are 8:30am – 5:00pm, 9:00am – 5:30pm and 9:30am – 6:00pm.

Benefits

  • Attractive salary but will depend on experience
  • Pension
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Does this sound like the perfect role?

If so, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Paralegals Required

New and exciting opportunities have arisen for Paralegals in the following areas of Law:

Commercial Property
Family
Employment

The ideal candidates will have previous similar experience.  You will be required to deliver assistance and support together with a flexible and positive approach to working in a busy and demanding growing firm.   At Backhouse Solicitors we take great pride in a fantastic team of people who work together to look after our clients and make this a great place to work.  For that reason, we only employ people who share our core values of great service, teamwork, and value for money.   We pride ourselves on our high standard of customer care and client service and it is vital that you are committed to maintaining this high standard.

About You

  • You take an active interest and obtain a thorough understanding of client requirements
  • Experience supporting more than one Fee Earner
  • Confident, clear and articulate communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Well presented, appropriate to a professional business environment
  • Pleasant telephone manner speaks clearly and fluently
  • Ability to work in a planned and organised way with the ability to multitask
  • Monitors and maintains quality and productivity
  • Excellent IT Skills
  • Experience of using a case management system preferred but not essential
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service
  • You are a team player and communicate well with clients and peers
  • Confident in dealing with a wide range of clients
  • You take pride in doing a great job

About the Role

  • Assisting fee earners and taking on some fee-earning
  • Producing documents using the case management system
  • Liaising with clients over the telephone and in person
  • Preparing bundles

Salary will depend on experience.

Benefits

  • Pension
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Does this sound like the perfect role?

If so, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Legal Secretaries Required

New and exciting opportunities have arisen for Legal Secretaries in the following areas of Law:

Commercial Property
Family
Employment
Private Client

The ideal candidates will have previous Legal Secretarial experience.  You will be required to deliver assistance and secretarial support together with a flexible and positive approach to working in a busy and demanding growing firm.   At Backhouse Solicitors we take great pride in a fantastic team of people who work together to look after our clients and make this a great place to work.  For that reason, we only employ people who share our core values of great service, teamwork, and value for money.   We pride ourselves on our high standard of customer care and client service and it is vital that you are committed to maintaining this high standard.

About You

  • You take an active interest in and obtain a thorough understanding of client requirements
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service
  • Confident, clear, and articulate communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Pleasant telephone manner speaks clearly and fluently
  • Ability to work in a planned and organised way with the ability to multitask
  • Experience supporting more than one Fee Earner
  • Excellent IT Skills
  • Experience of using a case management system preferred but not essential
  • Flexible team player

About the Role

  • Provide full secretarial support to fee earners
  • Production of correspondence and documents using Olympus digital dictation
  • Diary management
  • Liaising with clients and staff over the telephone and in person
  • Dealing with initial enquiries and arranging appointments
  • Opening and closing files
  • Filing
  • Preparing bundles

Working as part of a wider Admin Team you will take part on the Admin Team rota the hours for which are 8:30am – 5:00pm, 9:00am – 5:30pm and 9:30am – 6:00pm.

Salary will depend on experience.

Benefits

  • Pension
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Does this sound like the perfect role?

If so, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Commercial Property Solicitors

Backhouse Solicitors are a modern firm with a commercial approach.  A new opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Commercial Property Solicitor to join our busy and growing firm.  The ideal candidate will be 4 years + PQE and seeking genuine career progression.  In addition, you will be passionate about growing and developing our Commercial Property team.

About You

  • Currently a  Solicitor with 4 years + PQE
  • Strong commercial property experience
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to win new clients
  • An excellent communicator
  • A passion for networking
  • A hard worker who wants to develop their legal career and progress quickly
  • Always willing to learn and try new things
  • Trustworthy and professional
  • A team player willing to help out colleagues

About the Role

  • A varied caseload of sales and purchases of commercial property for our existing clients whilst establishing new client relationships within the local market.
  • Ability to lead and grow a successful commercial department.
  • Commercial Leases (acting for both Landlord and Tenant)
  • Surrendering and Assigning Leases (acting for both Landlord and Tenant)
  • Commercial Property Sales and Purchases
  • SIPP purchases with leasebacks
  • Option Agreements (acting for both Owner and Developer)
  • Residential Lease Extensions & Collective Enfranchisement

About Us

We assist our clients with expert, commercially minded and great value advice.  We are a small and friendly team who work hard to get the job done.  We support each other to solve problems and every member of the team has a say in how we work and how we can make things better

It goes without saying that as a Solicitors practice, we have high professional standards to meet and we expect the highest ethical standard from all our team.

Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Professional training and personal development courses as needed
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Legal Secretary – Corporate & Commercial

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Corporate & Commercial Legal Secretary within our very busy Corporate Law and Commercial Property department.  The ideal candidate will have substantial experience of Commercial Property.  You will be required to deliver assistance and secretarial support together with a flexible and positive approach to working in a busy and demanding growing firm.

About You

  • You take an active interest in and obtain a thorough understanding of client requirements
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service
  • Confident, clear, and articulate communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Pleasant telephone manner speaks clearly and fluently
  • Ability to work in a planned and organised way with the ability to multitask
  • Experience supporting more than one Fee Earner
  • Excellent IT Skills
  • Experience of using a case management system preferred but not essential

About the Role

You will be required to have experience in the following areas:

  • Dealing with initial enquiries
  • File opening and closing
  • An understanding of the requirements of commercial leases for both landlord and tenant
  • A thorough understanding of  the commercial property sale and purchase process

Working as part of a wider Admin Team you will take part on the Admin Team rota the hours for which are 8:30am – 5:00pm, 9:00am – 5:30pm and 9:30am – 6:00pm.

Benefits

  • Attractive salary but will depend on experience
  • Pension
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Does this sound like the perfect role?

If so, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Residential Conveyancer

A new opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Conveyancer to join our highly reputable residential property team based in Chelmsford. The right candidate will have experience of residential property law, conveyancing and related matters. You will be working directly with Liz Searl and Catie Edwards (Directors) and their conveyancing team and support staff, a very experienced group who are passionate about helping each other develop and improve.

About You

  • A good knowledge of conveyancing and running your own caseload from start to finish with minimal supervision.
  • An excellent communicator
  • You gain job satisfaction from providing the highest level of client service
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to win new clients
  • A passion for networking
  • A hard worker who wants to develop their legal career and progress quickly
  • Always willing to learn and try new things
  • Trustworthy and professional
  • A team player willing to help out colleagues

About the Role

  • You will deal effectively with clients and third parties over the telephone, in written correspondence and occasionally face to face, in order to provide advice and assistance
  • You will be responsible for chasing various documentation, ID, mortgage offers and searches
  • Proactive updates to the client regarding their transaction, contract checks, mortgage reports and search results checking, replying to freehold and leasehold enquiries
  • Dealing with freehold, leasehold, re-mortgages, transfer of equity, right to buy, shared ownership and new plot purchases
  • Dealing with the exchange of contracts and completion of purchases
  • Assist in growing the Backhouse business – working with the rest of the team to develop new opportunities and communicating our message to attract new clients. This will range from writing articles for the website and publications to attending business networking events and even speaking to a room full of people if you have the skill.
  • Working with the management team to decide on the future direction of the firm and getting involved with making it happen

About Us

We assist our clients with expert, commercially minded and great value advice. We are a small and friendly team who work hard to get the job done. We support each other to solve problems and every member of the team has a say in how we work and how we can make things better.

It goes without saying that as a Solicitors practice, we have high professional standards to meet and we expect the highest ethical standard from all our team.

Benefits

  • Professional training and personal development courses as needed
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen

Employment Law Solicitor

Are you prepared to invest a few years of hard work to set your career up and future for life?
We want people in our team with drive and ambition, is this you?

Backhouse Solicitors Limited are looking for an ambitious Employment Solicitor to join their highly reputable Employment team based in Chelmsford. We are looking for candidates who are ideally 4+ years PQE.

About You

  • A good knowledge of employment law
  • An excellent communicator
  • Great client care skills
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to win new clients
  • A passion for networking
  • A hard worker who wants to develop their legal career and progress quickly
  • Always willing to learn and try new things
  • Trustworthy and professional
  • A team player willing to help out colleagues

About the Role

Your role will be to harness our team’s expertise to solve our clients’ legal problems with expert, commercially minded and great value advice. On a week-to-week basis this is how you will achieve this:

  • Meeting potential new clients, getting a really detailed understanding of what they need and giving them the confidence to instruct Backhouse to solve their problems.  Not all lawyers understand that an initial interview is a combination of a sales meeting and an information gathering meeting to turn a potential new client into an actual new client.  Can you sell your expertise in a confident and professional way?
  • Solving employment law problems for individuals – identifying all the potential issues and getting the best legal outcome for your client.  You will see people from all walks of life and need to be able to communicate at the right level in plain English.
  • Solving employment law issues for businesses – from start-ups to larger SMEs you will solve day to day employment and HR issues and keep your clients on the right side of the law with up to date paperwork and your expert advice at the end of the phone.
  • Growing the Backhouse business – working with the rest of the team to develop new opportunities and communicating our message to attract new clients.  This will range from writing articles for the website and publications to attending business networking events and even speaking to a room full of people if you have the skill.
  • Working with the management team to decide on the future direction of the firm and getting involved with making it happen

It goes without saying that as a Solicitors practice, we have high professional standards to meet and we expect the highest ethical standard from all our team.

Salaries are based on how much our team members bill.  We set a starting salary based on initial expectations and if these are exceeded the salary is increased.  We don’t set an upper limit as we want to reward our high-flyers.

About Us

We solve our clients’ legal problems with expert, commercially minded and great value advice.  We are a small and friendly team who work hard to get the job done.  We support each other to solve problems and every member of the team has a say in how we work and how we can make things better

You will be working directly with Minal Backhouse (the MD) and her team of lawyers and support staff, a very experienced group who are passionate about helping each other develop and improve. Our team is usually based in our offices so we can see clients at short notice when needed.  Our IT systems are cloud-based however and allow us to work from home if needed.

We are very proud of our great team; they are our strongest assets and have helped us build our employment team from nothing to one of the best in Essex in just over 10 years. We look after our clients and they look after us.  You only have to look at our Google reviews to see what people think of us and how we work.

Benefits

  • Pension
  • Professional training and personal development courses as needed to grow as an expert
  • Friendly working environment
  • Team lunches
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Always an unhealthy amount of cake in the office kitchen
  • Great opportunities to get involved in the running of the business

Interested?  Please sent your CV and covering letter to [email protected]