Commercial and Residential Property Lawyer

Bonallack & Bishop
SP1 1LY, Salisbury
Dependent on Experience
Closing date
5 Aug 2021

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Full Time – Salisbury, Andover, Amesbury or Fordingbridge offices – or Home Based

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced property lawyer to join our growing property team.

The ideal candidate will be able to handle a range of commercial and, if possible, residential property. However we are also happy to look at lawyers who only handle commercial property work.

So, if you are a confident, well-presented, friendly and approachable solicitor or a very experienced legal executive with excellent communication skills, we want to hear from you.

The successful candidate  

The right candidate will have:

  • a professional qualification – either as a solicitor, FILEX or Licensed Conveyancer
  • at least 4 years’ solid experience of commercial property
  • great people skills and will be an enthusiastic team player
  • good organisational, time management and IT skills and a keen eye for detail
  • the ability to multi-task under pressure
  • the confidence and the ability to react to change whilst working within a pressurised environment
  • excellent standards of client care and great communication skills
  • a history of strong billing
  • a desire and the ability to help in the growth of the property department

In addition, a useful, but not essential, attribute would be the ability to bring referral sources with you, along with an interest in marketing.

If the successful candidate intends working from home primarily, it is particular important that they are experienced and able to work without any direct supervision.

The job  

The ideal candidate will need to play a flexible, but senior, role within the team. There are potentially 3 parts to this particular position.

  • acting for property investors – an ability to cover this work is essential –further details below
  • commercial property work
  • some straightforward residential property work – if they are able to do so


Home working, or any one of our 4 branch offices – Salisbury, Andover, Amesbury and Fordingbridge.

To make the job work, we expect the successful candidate will need to physically visit our offices from time to time for relationship and team building purposes. So, for example so, for example, Bedfordshire or Surrey might be appropriate home locations – but not say North Wales or Northumbria.

However, during periods of lockdown, the role can be 100% home working. Video calls will therefore play an important role if the candidate is not local.

The successful candidate will however need to have excellent broadband to make this work.

Any support staff provided will be based in 1 of our offices.

Flexible and home working 

Flexible and home working is nothing new to us. For the last 10 years or so, many of our lawyers routinely worked from home. And as a result, we were well placed to continue to offer a high level of client care when coronavirus hit, and lockdown was imposed, and we believe we have coped much better adapting to the “new normal” than most law firms.

We are also happy to offer flexible working if required.

We are more concerned with output than input – what we are really looking for is quality legal work, highly satisfied clients and great billing

The team?  

Overall, you will be part of a 22 strong property team, broken down into four teams:

  • residential
  • commercial
  • property investor
  • our five strong specialist leasehold team (mainly lease extension and lease enfranchisement) – led by a different solicitor

Our property investor team  

Working for property investors and developers has become our fastest growing specialist niche and we anticipate the team’s workload growing significantly in the next five years.

This involves working for a variety of investors and developers throughout England and Wales – with some buying residential and others commercial property.

For example, work for a developer, though purchasing residential property, might involve the following aspects

  • Entering a joint venture and setting up an SPV company (NB our team also includes a specialist commercial lawyer and an accountant – so tax and commercial work is covered by those specialists, but the successful candidate will need to be familiar with these kind of issues and how to integrate them into the property element of the deal).
  • The use of options, delayed completion and overage agreements [NB we do not handle lease options].
  • Bridging and other loans
  • Title splitting

Work type
Our conveyancing is good quality work– we don’t buy in cheap residential conveyancing. Clients come to us, and our referrers refer to us, because we are good at what we do – and they know we care about them.

According to Land Registry figures, and despite a relatively modest size (65 staff) we are among the top 350 firms nationwide handling the most conveyancing work.

Market rate, dependent on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience


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