Author: Graeme

New Location for Mortons Seaham Office

After a successful 10 years in 41 Church Street Seaham, we are moving to newly refurbished and upgraded premises at 11 Marlborough Seaham SR7 7SA which is adjacent to the Blandford Place car park and Lloyds Bank. The property was previously the home of Marlborough doctor’s surgery before it moved to the primary care centre in Seaham.

To facilitate the move, we will be closing the doors to the public at 1pm on Friday 20thAugust at 41 Church Street and re-opening at 9am on Monday 23rd August in our new home at 11 Marlborough. Our offices at Sunderland and Durham will remain open as normal during this period.

Thank you for your patience during our move.

Conveyancing Legal Secretary Vacancy

We are looking to appoint an experienced Conveyancing Secretary to join our expanding team; providing a full range of secretarial and administrative support to the Conveyancing Department at our Durham office.

Duties:

  • The Maintenance of instructing Fee Earner’s typing and filing.
  • Checking of post, planned events and voicemail messages in fee earners absence, dealing with any routine matters in which they are competent
  • Dealing with clients by telephone and/or in person;
  • Dealing with queries where they are competent and taking messages etc where necessary.
  • Reception duties as and when required
  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment
  • Contribute to maintaining and improving office procedures
  • Any other duties which from time to time are reasonably required by the firm

The candidate will have:

  • Proactive approach to day to day tasks
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Sound keyboard and audio typing skills are essential.
  • Accuracy and an eye for attention to detail.
  • Familiarisation with Microsoft Office advantageous but not essential.
  • The ability to maintain files in an orderly manner.
  • An efficient and courteous telephone manner.
  • A strong commitment to client care.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients/colleagues/ other solicitors/authorities and other organisations etc.
  • The ability to work well with others in a team environment or in isolation on own initiative when required.
  • Flexibility – although most secretaries work for a designated Fee Earner all must be willing to accept work from other Fee earners when circumstances dictate.

Salary negotiable
Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • At least 1 years experience as a Conveyancing Legal Secretary is essential.
  • Legal secretary: 1 year (Required)

To apply for this position, send your CV to Lynn Hogg @ lhogg@mortons-solicitors.com 

Residential Conveyancing Solicitor Vacancy

We are looking to recruit a new member within our Residential Conveyancing Team. Are you looking for a full time role in  Residential Conveyancing?  We have just the job for you.  A large part of our firm’s business is made up of residential conveyancing with a national reach are we are looking to recruit a full time residential conveyancing fee earner to join our team.

Location: Durham/Sunderland 
Salary: Negotiable 
Job Type: Permanent, Full time
Practice Area: Residential Conveyancing

You must be able to adapt to working in an expanding team, be self sufficient, proactive and must be able to hit the ground running.  You will manage your own caseload and will be supervised by the Head of Conveyancing.

We are a progressive firm and offer conveyancing services to the local area and carry out conveyancing work throughout the country.

The role includes:-

Covering sales, purchases, new builds, right to buy transactions, auction sales and purchases, remortgages, and more complex conveyancing matters.

Working from 9am to 5pm Monday through to Friday.

You must have experience handling your own residential conveyancing caseload with minimum supervision.

If you would like to apply for this role contact Angela Ashcroft at aashcroft@mortons-solicitors.com and if you would like more information please contact Angela on 0191 5144323.

Alternatively, if this role is not for you but you know someone who could be interested, then please contact them and ask them to get in touch.

Possession claims, eviction procedures and new obligations for claimant landlords

Landlord claimants unable to ‘re-start’ existing possession proceedings until a reactivation notice or notice is submitted

The Coronavirus Pandemic has brought about a whole host of changes and this extends to possession proceedings. As landlords will know, under the new Practice Direction 55C (the Practice Direction), a stay on claims for possession is to be lifted from 20 September 2020. Subject to any further extensions the Practice Direction begins from 20 September 2020 and ends 28 March 2021.

What happens if I have a claim or want to bring a claim?

Depending on when your claim was brought, either a reactivation notice or a notice may have to be submitted to court. Any ‘stayed claims’ will not progress until a reactivation notice has been filed and served with the court. Any ‘new claims’ will have to have a notice filed and served with the court.

What must the reactivation notice or notices look like?

The new Practice Direction details what must be included in the reactivation notices and notices. We can draft these for you from as little as £80 + VAT.

What if I do nothing?

If you have a possession claim currently with the court and you fail to submit a reactivation notice or notice your claim with be automatically stayed and potentially dismissed.

How long will it take?

The court will prioritise cases involving anti-social behaviour, fraud or domestic abuse. The court already has a large backlog of cases and if you want to regain possession of your property, we recommend that you start this process as soon as possible.

How much notice do I have to give when issuing a Section 8 or Section 21?

The Practice Direction has extended the majority of notice periods that need to be given when issuing a Section 8 or Section 21 notice. Depending on the grounds for eviction, this can range from between 2 weeks and 6 months.

How can we help?

Acting quickly and efficiently is key to preventing any unnecessary delays. If a sufficient notice period has not been given to a tenant or a notice is deemed to be invalid, it will need to be resubmitted. Whatever stage you are at in the eviction process our specialist litigation team can advise you of the correct course of action for your circumstances. Please contact twaugh@mortons-solicitors.com or call us on 0191 511 8222.

Andrew Simpson appointed a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal

We are pleased to announce that the Senior President of Tribunals has appointed Andrew as a Fee-paid (part-time) Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber.

The appointment takes effect from 28th May 2020. Andrew will remain in practice with us and will continue to look after his clients’ needs.

All of the team at Mortons congratulate Andrew on his appointment.

Andrew Simpson appointed as a Deputy District Judge

Andrew Simpson - Mortons Law

We are proud to announce that the Lord Chief Justice has appointed Andrew a Deputy District Judge on the North Eastern Circuit.

The appointment takes effect from 18th May 2020. Andrew will remain in practice with us and will continue to look after his clients’ needs.

All of the team at Mortons congratulate Andrew on his appointment.