We are a charitable housing association driven by social objectives to make a positive impact on the places we work in, for the long-term. We have an ambition to build a thousand new homes a year, deliver first class customer service and strengthen our residents trust in us as a landlord.
We own and manage over 20,000 homes across London, Hertfordshire and the South East and are a sector leader amongst the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations. We fundamentally believe in the importance to everyone of a safe, secure, and decent home.
We foster a positive working culture because we’re passionate about our people. Recognised as a Sunday Times 100 Employer in 2019 we have outstanding levels of engagement amongst our people. And we’re focused on becoming even smarter, better, faster, and stronger with our digital transformation programme as we look forward to our recent move into our brand new, modern, stylish offices which we moved into in July 2020.
Network Homes is firmly committed to making sure that our organisation and the communities in which we work are safe places for people to be who they are and live the way they choose. The commitment was recognised at the Housing Heroes awards 2019 where our Equality and Diversity Engagement Group picked up a key award and is demonstrated by us being founding partners for Leadership 2025, the initiative to increase the ethnic diversity of housing’s leadership, and Pledge Pioneers for House Proud, a scheme designed to ensure Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer residents can enjoy their homes without fear of discrimination.
About the role
Do you have experience of managing litigation and providing legal advice to stakeholders?
Do you have experience working in a local authority or Housing Association?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
We are currently recruiting for a Litigation and Debt Recovery Paralegal on a permanent contract.
You will be responsible for administering and supporting the progression of legal cases including debt recovery cases as well as general litigation. You will carry out your own case load of debt recovery cases, mainly for service charges and major works but other debt types or housing related activities.
You will attend meetings and assist our inhouse legal department with any research or other legal activities or reports as is required.
You will liaise with tenants, staff, Local Authorities, Land Registry, and other stakeholders to obtain all required information for inhouse legal services purposes.
To be successful, you will have a law degree or other equivalent legal training as well as having a good understanding of leases (Shared Owner and Leasehold). You will have knowledge of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 specifically the rules around the charging of service charges and major works.
You will have experience of recovering service charges and major works from shared owners and/or leaseholders.
You will have experience of managing litigation from pre-action to hearing and preferably you will have experience working within a Local Authority or Housing Association.
We require a detailed cover letter of no more than 2 pages setting out how you meet the person specification for this role. Any applications which lacks a cover letter, will be declined.
If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!
Rewards and Benefits
We’re committed to making Network a really great place to work. As well as offering a positive culture we offer a generous pay and benefits package, some of which are listed below:
We really care about personal development so this role will offer an excellent opportunity for you to develop your career, but also to make a real impact and difference to the service we provide to our customers.
Disability Confident Commitment
We are committed to equal opportunities. We guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for our post.
Circle Back Initiative Employer
We are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to responding to every application