Housing Litigation Lawyer

Location
Sevenoaks, Kent
Salary
£41,025 per annum
Posted
12 Oct 2017
Closes
01 Nov 2017
Seniority
Officer
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

An exciting opportunity to deliver expert legal advice and support that enables West Kent to manage customer relationships in a positive, proactive and robust way, safeguarding and building our reputation.

We're looking for an in-house housing litigation lawyer. The role would suit either a solicitor or qualified legal executive. Experience of County Court Advocacy is required. Flexible working, including job share, is available for the right candidate(s).

The role includes preparing and conducting possession cases, access injunctions, disrepair claims, handling data protection enquiries and aspects of conveyancing / loan refinancing to support West Kent’s growth. The successful candidate will be required to liaise with external solicitors on more complex cases.

In this role, you will be West Kent’s lead expert on a variety of legal matters, providing support and advice to enable West Kent colleagues to manage customer relationships in a positive, proactive and robust way while safeguarding and building West Kent’s reputation.

You will be able to make sound and proportionate decisions and handle requests for advice on difficult, challenging and time bound issues to support the work of our housing teams, seeking the best outcomes for both West Kent and our customers, including some of our more vulnerable clients.

This role provides a great opportunity for someone looking to work for an organisation that delivers on its values of compassion, integrity and honesty in all that we do while ensuring we promote and enforce tenant responsibility.

Responsibilities

  • Proactively safeguard West Kent, keeping up to date and sharing legal knowledge within the organisation.
  • Ensure our decision making and action is proportionate, justified, compliant and withstands scrutiny.
  • Represent West Kent externally, maintain and build our reputation for professionalism and fairness.
  • Deliver exceptional case management through collaboration with colleagues advising on a diverse range of housing related issues.
  • Provide clear advice and guidance in a timely way on a range of legal areas including information sharing, rent arrears, succession, anti social behaviour, abandonments, access, disrepair, mental health vulnerabilities and capacity issues.
  • Enable colleagues to comply with data protection requirements and manage customer / partner requests for information in a timely accurate way
  • Ensure value for money by initiating and upholding robust processes, ensuring records are maintained to an audit-able standard, avoiding technical errors and sourcing outside advice when appropriate.
  • Provide advice and guidance to our finance and development teams on aspects of loan refinancing, conveyancing, leaseholder disputes and right to buy sales.
  • Ensure that others experience you living West Kent’s values and the values are evident in your decision making.
  • Uphold West Kent’s approach to equality and diversity particularly through your management of tenancy breaches.
  • Undertake any other duties to achieve the purpose of the job.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Solicitor or Qualified Legal Executive with relevant and up to date knowledge and litigation experience in housing related law.
  • Ability to evidence sound decision making.
  • Experience of County Court Advocacy required.
  • Current knowledge of compliance issues regarding information and data sharing.
  • Ability to present information clearly to a range of different audiences, including tenants with support needs, board members and external professionals.
  • Ability to instil confidence and trust in others in order to influence.
  • Experience of writing policies, court applications, witness statements and other ad hoc legal correspondence.
  • Proven ability to deal with challenging behaviour and resolve difficult situations.
  • Commitment to applying equality and diversity to customer service.
  • Understanding of how to achieve value for money while managing a budget.
  • Ability to analyse, evaluate and mitigate risk.
  • Ability to collaborate while managing competing commitments.
  • Understanding how to cultivate legal knowledge and capability among colleagues.
  • Competent at managing own learning and self development and modelling this for others.
  • Competent user of Microsoft products. Willing to learn in-house ICT systems.

Qualifications

  • Qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive.

Additional job details

Reports to: Head of Tenancy Services.

Base office: Sevenoaks, with a requirement to travel to other offices and premises around Kent including Swanley and Medway.

Working hours: Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 5.15 pm and Friday 8.45 am to 4.45 pm. These are the standard office hours for working 37 hours per week and we would consider flexible working including job share.

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