Solicitor (2-4 years PQE), Commercial Property

Role Specification

DepartmentCommercial Property
TeamProperty Dispute Resolution
Principal locationSwindon based (with weekly travel to other offices)
Grade/PQE2-4 years PQE
Working PatternFull time

 Recruitment Brief

The successful candidate will be a key member of Thrings’ £900,000 plus fee income, profitable, seven fee earner Property Dispute Resolution (‘PDR’) Team.

The specific role is for a solicitor to join the team and to be based in our Swindon office and assist the Partners and Associate in the PDR team.

The purpose of the role will also be to provide support to the PDR Team to enable it to continue its successful growth by servicing and winning our clients and also by ensuring the Team’s further and on-going integration and service delivery with our Commercial Property Department (spread across 4 offices in Bath, Bristol, Swindon and London and also the other departments in the firm.

The successful candidate will be very enthusiastic about PDR and be looking to develop and acquire excellent PDR technical expertise, excellent communication skills, be highly organised, committed to the law, a team player, and a successful and highly effective relationship-builder both in relation to the internal and external market.  An appetite, and ability, for business development will also be essential, as will presentation and advocacy skills. 

Specialist areas of PDR work that the successful candidate will acquire experience in will include many if not all of the following:-

Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes

  • Termination of Leases/Applications for Possession
  • Service of Break Notices and Notices to Quit
  • Determining interests - Lease or Licence
  • Business Lease Renewal
  • Dilapidations and Alterations
  • Forfeiture of Leases
  • Recovery of Rent arrears
  • Service Charge disputes
  • Rent Review disputes
  • Issues arising out of Farm Workers’ tenancies
  • Landlord and Tenant breaches of covenant
  • Options on Tenant Insolvency
  • Residential Leasehold Enfranchisement
  • Orders for sale of land
  • Contractual disputes on the sale and purchase of land

Real property and rural land disputes

  • Boundary disputes
  • Restrictive covenants, benefit and burden issues
  • Rights of Way, including prescriptive and express
  • Rights of Light, including interference and obstructions
  • Nuisance issues in respect of the use of land
  • Establishing rights of ownership and interests in land
  • Rectification of title issues
  • Adverse possession
  • Removing trespassers from land via possession
  • Advising on claims for compensation relating to
  • compulsory purchase of, or interference with, land
  • Party Wall issues
  • Proprietary estoppel and misrepresentations

Key Responsibilities

Client Services

To provide a first class service to Clients through effective handling of client files, under supervision as appropriate.  Deal with post, email and telephone calls using initiative and good planning skills to progress matters in a timely and effective fashion.

Provide expert advice to clients in accordance with technical area of specialism; liaising with clients, colleagues/Client Partner and any relevant professionals in accordance with the Thrings expected behaviours and values.


A team player, building strong working relationships the direct team, the wider team and office teams.  Work with more junior members of the team (including at the outset trainees). Provide a proactive and constructive input into the team’s strategy.


Comply with policies and practices including Risk, money laundering, and the Firm’s office manual and regulatory requirements external to Thrings such as the SRA Code of Practice.  Take responsibility for understanding these requirements, and promote the importance of these responsibilities to colleagues.


Understand and achieve targets such as chargeable hours and time recording, ensuring accurate records are maintained for both chargeable and non chargeable time. Complete billing and fee estimate tasks on time. Work proactively with the firm’s credit control team in relation to client payments, having a good understanding of write off and recovery rate requirements.

Business Development

Plan and engage in targeted business development activities to obtain new clients for own team, and for other teams within Thrings. Build networks of client referrers; understand the market place both locally and regionally. Build a strong understanding of the other business areas and people within the firm for effective internal referrals.

Understanding and Learning

Take responsibility for achieving all forms of continuous professional development.  Meets the SRA (or other relevant regulatory body) requirements, and ensure continued personal growth in the technical area of expertise to meet the teams strategic objectives. Take responsibility for the growth of others, sharing knowledge and accepting and giving feedback constructively.

Key Attributes

QualificationQualified Solicitor
Experience and Knowledge


  • See recruitment brief above; at least some prior and relevant experience here in some and it is anticipated not all areas will be helpful

Knowledge or a strong understanding of:

  • See recruitment brief above; at least some prior and relevant experience here in some and it is anticipated not all areas will be helpful

Skills / Abilities as a Fee Earner
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management
  • Turns problems into solutions
  • Able to convert technical legal information into commercial advice
  • Able to give and receive feedback constructively
  • Effective negotiator
  • Able to business develop in own area of specialism, and on behalf of other work areas
  • Numerate; able to understand budgets and targets and forecast working time
  • Strong IT skills; adapts to information systems quickly; able to use case management systems effectively
  • Excellent literacy skills including drafting style, attention to detail, and accurate use of the English language
  • Advocacy skills (where appropriate to specific role)
Behaviours / Attitude
  • Communication is clear and concise; listens well; adapts information to suit audience
  • Knows when to make decisions, and when to seek guidance
  • Takes accountability for all actions
  • Strong business acumen and commercial awareness
  • Takes an investigatory approach, knowing as much as possible about the client or task from the outset
  • Has a courteous, considerate and respectful approach to others, shows appreciation wherever it is due
  • Is a team player, whose personal ambition is expressed through team achievement
  • Has an open and honest approach including not being afraid to admit uncertainty or mistake
  • Seeks personal achievement, improvement and development at all levels and at all times


This job specification is not exhaustive; any task that is deemed suitable and relevant to the role may be required by the supervisor.  This specification will be reviewed regularly and may be revised to meet the firm’s requirements.

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