Capsticks Solicitors LLP - Paralegal - real estate

  • Job type: Fixed term contract - 3 months
  • Location: London
  • Closing date: Friday 23 June 2017
  • Hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

The practice

Capsticks is independently rated by The Legal 500 and Chambers Directory as the leading provider of legal services to the health and social care sector and in the field of professional discipline. In June 2013 the firm also acquired a highly rated social housing practice, creating a firm with over 280 fee earners across 4 offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Winchester. The firm acts for over 200 clients, including all forms of NHS provider and commissioner organisations, the Department of Health, the NHSLA, regulatory bodies, charities, independent healthcare providers, housing associations, medical malpractice insurers and defence organisations.   

Further details on the partners in the department and the type of work carried out can be found on our website at

The role

The real estate department comprises 46 fee earners and carries out major healthcare real estate development and construction work for the NHS and other bodies from the voluntary, public and private sectors.

The department is looking to recruit an additional paralegal with previous real estate experience to assist with its expanding workload. The role will also involve working as part of a team of paralegals for Community Health Partnerships who are a Department of Health owned company responsible for operating over 300 NHS community hospitals and health centres across England.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • drafting and negotiating short form leases, licences, TR1’s, basic sale contracts and deeds of variation;
  • drafting leases and ancillary documents using standard form templates;
  • assisting fee earners with due diligence;
  • dealing with post completion requirements e.g. completing Land Registry applications, SDLT returns, scheduling deeds etc.;
  • supporting the Estates Management Service as required with the administration of the deeds system and the preparation of summaries of title, leases etc.;
  • supporting Capsticks Real Estate lawyers in agreeing the leases and ancillary documents with the CHP’s tenants’ solicitors;
  • research and legal analysis;
  • proof reading documents;
  • preparing engrossments of documents for execution;
  • drafting routine correspondence and documents; and
  • any other duties as reasonably requested.

Skills set

  • an LPC or BVC qualification (LPC as a minimum);
  • current/recent Real Estate / Commercial Property experience, and a genuine interest in real estate;
  • proven experience of handling own caseload;
  • good drafting skills;
  • good communication skills;
  • good administration skills; and
  • good IT skills including Excel.

Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate at interview that they are:

  • well organised;
  • have good attention to detail;
  • proactive; and
  • self-motivated.

Candidates should be available to start within two weeks, or as soon as possible, and if you are interested in applying for this position please apply by sending your covering letter and CV via the vacancies section on our website at

Capsticks is an equal opportunities employer

Capsticks is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and to encouraging diversity through recruitment.  Applications are welcome from all sections of the community and decisions to progress will be made with reference to entirely objective criteria only.