Careers

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our expanding team and are happy to receive speculative applications to join the firm. Please forward any such applications to our HR Manager Chris Mullaney along with a copy of your CV.

Current Vacancies

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The Firm

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the UK.
Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programmes and provide a working environment which is both supportive and challenging. Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern and fresh approach we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards, and have been included in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Work 2023.
Enjoying continual success and growth, we are highly regarded within the legal market.

The Role

Watson Ramsbottom Solicitors are looking to recruit a hardworking and enthusiastic Commercial Property Solicitor within our property department

You will possess sound technical skills and working experience in business or individual capacity; you will be able to prioritise your workload in order to meet deadlines; proficient in Microsoft Office and case management software, you should be self-motivated, energetic and business minded, you will have excellent communication and client care skills; you will be pro-active, personable and have exceptional attention to detail.

You must remain up to date with any changes to legislation, stay compliant with best practices, maintain up to date time recording of work done and billing, and maintain CPD requirements in accordance with Law Society regulations.

Watson Ramsbottom is Lexcel accredited and has a friendly and supportive working environment.

The main duties of the role will be as follows:

  • The sale, purchase and lease of land or property.
  • Development, infrastructure and planning projects.
  • Property finance and investment.
  • Leasehold management.
  • Landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Regeneration projects.
  • The drafting, reviewing and negotiation of contracts.
  • Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and disposals.
  • Property litigation.

Apply Today

If you are interested, please submit a covering letter and CV to our HR Manager chris.mullaney@watsonramsbottom.com
Apply Now

The Firm

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the UK.
Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programmes and provide a working environment which is both supportive and challenging. Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern and fresh approach we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards, and have been included in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Work 2023.
Enjoying continual success and growth, we are highly regarded within the legal market.

The Role

We are looking for a highly motivated, positive, Corporate/Commercial Legal Executive/Solicitor to be great at assisting and advising clients on:
  • corporate transactional matters, including business sales (share and asset), acquisitions and restructures
  • company matters, including shareholders agreements, company secretarial matters and EMIs;

Duties Include

  • Giving estimates of costs to new clients and being responsible for managing costs throughout all matters
  • To liaise with clients commercial agents, business sale brokers, other professionals and opposing solicitors by telephone, post, e-mail or in person, as necessary, at every stage of the transaction
  • To be responsible for all file opening and AML procedures and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements in relation to the same
  • To manage a range of corporate and commercial matters from initial instruction through to matter conclusion
  • To ensure the confidentiality of all the firm’s and clients’ documentation
  • To achieve agreed levels of time-recording (as appropriate)
  • To undertake any other tasks as may be required from time to time

Experience & Background

Ideally we are looking for a qualified Solicitor with minimum 2 years’ experience in corporate and commercial work but applications will be considered from those with alternative relevant qualifications or who can demonstrate equivalent skills and experience

We’re looking for somebody with excellent knowledge of

  • legal experience which has mostly been gained on non-contentious business transactions and issues
  • business drivers affecting, and legal, regulatory and business risks of owner managed businesses.
  • corporate transactional work; and
  • general commercial law

You should also have

  • An ability to work flexibly and collaboratively as part of a small, supportive team while taking responsibility for their own work
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Pleasant and positive manner in dealing with colleagues and clients
  • An ability to provide clear and pragmatic advice to, and deal confidently with, individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to evaluate a situation in the face of time constraints and react appropriately
  • Good time management, file organisation and personal organisation
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in a team

Remuneration

A salary and bonus commensurate with experience and skills and clear opportunity for progression within an ever-growing practice.

Apply Today

If you are interested, please submit a covering letter and your most up to date CV to elton.ashworth@watsonramsbottom.com.
Apply Now

The Firm

Watson Ramsbottom Solicitors are looking to recruit a hardworking and enthusiastic solicitor or legal executive within our nationally renowned domestic abuse, children and stalking department. Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness around domestic abuse, relevant legislation and have experience of conducting their own advocacy.

This is an opportunity to join an award winning department with excellent long term prospects for the right candidate. A full driving licence and car is essential as is an ability to deal with complex and sometimes distressing cases. We are looking to recruit a well-organised self-starter who is keen to make a difference and able to meet targets

You must remain up to date with any changes to legislation, stay compliant with best practices, maintain up to date time record of work done and billing, maintain CPD requirements in accordance with Law Society regulations.

Watson Ramsbottom is Lexcel accredited, and our family department is highly recommended in the Legal 500. A friendly and supportive working environment awaits, with regular team and departmental training and an open door policy.

You will possess sound technical skills and working experience in business or individual capacity; you will be able to prioritise your workload in order to meet deadlines; proficient in Microsoft Office and case management software, you should be self-motivated, energetic and business minded, you will have excellent communication and client care skills; you will be pro-active, personable and have exceptional attention to detail.

Personal Attributes

  • Reliable and diligent, with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.
  • High level of confidentiality.

To apply, please send a current CV and covering letter to chris.mullaney@watsonramsbottom.com or to:

The HR Manager, Watson Ramsbottom Limited, 25-29 Victoria Street, Blackburn BB1 6DN

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Watson Ramsbottom’s Dispute Resolution Department.  We are currently recruiting for a 1-3 year PQE Employment Law Solicitor to join the team.

This is an excellent opportunity for a proactive solicitor looking for career progression in an expanding department that delivers the highest quality of advice and representation across a range of employment law work. We are looking for a highly motivated solicitor with a solid background in Employment Law to come in and grow our team. The successful candidate will have excellent client care skills, be a strong team player, have the ability to work effectively and efficiently under their own initiative and the ability to market the firm and generate new business in this area of the law.  Technical strength and experience in a previous employment law role is essential for this position

A friendly and supportive working environment awaits, with regular team and departmental training and an open door policy

Completed applications by CV and cover letter should be forwarded to our HR Manager Chris Mullaney

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2024

The Firm

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK.

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK.

Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programmes and provide a working environment which is both supportive and challenging. Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern and fresh approach we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.

Enjoying continual success and growth we are highly regarded within the legal market. Offering great career prospects and a competitive salary, we are now seeking a Conveyancing Fee Earner.

Key Objectives

  • To be the main point of contact for clients
  • To build relationships with clients and internal and external contacts on behalf of the team.
  • To attend clients/contacts in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner in keeping with the firm’s standards for client care.
  • To use initiative to prepare correspondence and legal documents using case management and to ensure a high quality of the documents, faxes and photocopies.
  • To progress case management within the limit of their ability as requested by their supervisor.
  • To open files and run a case load independently as part of a team.
  • To prepare mail and enclosures for despatch.
  • To maintain and update the filing systems.
  • To answer the telephones promptly, taking messages and following up where necessary in a pro-active manner.
  • To use initiative to progress files within the limits of his/her own ability.
  • To provide high quality legal advice and support services to our clients in the Residential Conveyancing process.
  • To assist the firm in achieving its stated professional and commercial objectives.
  • To be able to run a busy case load across all areas of residential conveyancing including: freehold sales and purchase, leasehold sales and purchase, shared ownership, new builds, help to buy shared equity, right to buy, re-mortgage, transfers of equity and transfers of part
  • Perform all usual tasks relating to the conveyancing process i.e. taking instructions, preparing contracts, raising and dealing with enquiries, examining title, reporting to clients on search results and title, processing mortgage offers, attending to exchange and completion, preparing completion statements and attending to registration
  • Contribute to the business development efforts of others.
  • To assist HOD/Director in the management of caseload by actioning legal procedures as directed by the HOD/Director.

Person Specification

Essential Personal Attributes

  • A good level of education.
  • Competent typing ability.
  • Excellent IT Skills with working knowledge of all MS applications, especially Word.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working within residential conveyancing

Desirable Skills & Qualifications

  • Have an in depth understanding of the conveyancing process and technical title issues.

Personal Attributes

  • Reliable and diligent, with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.
  • High level of confidentiality.

To apply, please send a current CV and covering letter to chris.mullaney@watsonramsbottom.com or to:

The HR Manager, Watson Ramsbottom Limited, 25-29 Victoria Street, Blackburn BB1 6DN

The Firm

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK.

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK.

Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programmes and provide a working environment which is both supportive and challenging. Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern and fresh approach we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.

Enjoying continual success and growth we are highly regarded within the legal market. Offering great career prospects and a competitive salary, we are now seeking a Conveyancing Fee Earner.

Key Objectives

  • To be the main point of contact for clients
  • To build relationships with clients and internal and external contacts on behalf of the team.
  • To attend clients/contacts in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner in keeping with the firm’s standards for client care.
  • To use initiative to prepare correspondence and legal documents using case management and to ensure a high quality of the documents, faxes and photocopies.
  • To progress case management within the limit of their ability as requested by their supervisor.
  • To open files and run a case load independently as part of a team.
  • To prepare mail and enclosures for despatch.
  • To maintain and update the filing systems.
  • To answer the telephones promptly, taking messages and following up where necessary in a pro-active manner.
  • To use initiative to progress files within the limits of his/her own ability.
  • To provide high quality legal advice and support services to our clients in the Residential Conveyancing process.
  • To assist the firm in achieving its stated professional and commercial objectives.
  • To be able to run a busy case load across all areas of residential conveyancing including: freehold sales and purchase, leasehold sales and purchase, shared ownership, new builds, help to buy shared equity, right to buy, re-mortgage, transfers of equity and transfers of part
  • Perform all usual tasks relating to the conveyancing process i.e. taking instructions, preparing contracts, raising and dealing with enquiries, examining title, reporting to clients on search results and title, processing mortgage offers, attending to exchange and completion, preparing completion statements and attending to registration
  • Contribute to the business development efforts of others.
  • To assist HOD/Director in the management of caseload by actioning legal procedures as directed by the HOD/Director.

Person Specification

Essential Personal Attributes

  • A good level of education.
  • Competent typing ability.
  • Excellent IT Skills with working knowledge of all MS applications, especially Word.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working within residential conveyancing

Desirable Skills & Qualifications

  • Have an in depth understanding of the conveyancing process and technical title issues.

Personal Attributes

  • Reliable and diligent, with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.
  • High level of confidentiality.

To apply, please send a current CV and covering letter to chris.mullaney@watsonramsbottom.com or to:

The HR Manager, Watson Ramsbottom Limited, 25-29 Victoria Street, Blackburn BB1 6DN

The Firm

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK.

We are a dynamic, award-winning, multi-office practice which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to clients across the North West and UK.

Recognising that employees are our greatest asset, we invest in training and development programmes and provide a working environment which is both supportive and challenging. Blending traditional values of personal and cost-effective advice with a modern and fresh approach we have achieved numerous accreditations and awards.

Enjoying continual success and growth we are highly regarded within the legal market. Offering great career prospects and a competitive salary.

Key Objectives

  • Process incoming mail, send and receive faxes, photocopying and scanning documents into the appropriate client’s matter in the Company’s case management system using the client reference number.
  • Where no client reference is available, undertake necessary checks to identify client.
  • Acceptance and preparation for dispatch of recorded/special delivery items/post.
  • Preparation of external mail for delivery to Post Office.
  • Assist with the preparation and submission of stationary orders.
  • Assist with reception duties, dealing with incoming client calls or clients who arrive on site in a friendly and efficient manner.
  • Undertake all other clerical and administrative duties as may reasonably be required from time to time
  • Manage the petty cash system in the office
  • Liase with external contractors for the removal of confidential waste
  • Archiving old matters in our own in-house and external storage company filing system. The retrieval of files from storage in-house and external filing system.Note: there is a high degree of responsibility incumbent on staff to properly project the image and ethos of the firm at all times

Person Specification

Essential Personal Attributes

  • Communication – good telephone manner
  • Previous experience in an administrative role
  • Personable manner
  • Organisational skills

Desirable Skills & Qualifications

• RSA 2

• Basic knowledge of legal procedures

• Audio typing to 90wpm

• Word processing training and/or experience

• Computer literacy

Personal Attributes

  • Reliable and diligent, with good attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation to work independently and as part of a team with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A positive approach to working under pressure in a busy environment.
  • High level of confidentiality.

To apply, please send a current CV and covering letter to chris.mullaney@watsonramsbottom.com or to:

The HR Manager, Watson Ramsbottom Limited, 25-29 Victoria Street, Blackburn BB1 6DN

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