Struggling to get on the Property Ladder?
Hard working junior lawyer, based in the big city but still living at the hotel of mum and dad? With property prices in London continuing to rise, and far and away outstripping salaries, it can seem an impossible task to get even a single toe on that property ladder.
Perhaps you are renting somewhere – paying twice or three times what your mortgage payments would be. Living with someone else’s poor choice of wallpaper, dodgy boiler and noisy upstairs neighbours who steal your post. Why do you put up with it?
Think again! We have an amazing array of employment opportunities for fee-earning paralegals, legal executives and junior solicitors, with prestigious firms paying generous salaries, in vibrant city locations where you can buy a house for under £50k! Some are habitable, needing only a lick of paint. Some are in need of more serious TLC. And some of them, frankly, require major surgery! But all of them offer you the chance to get both your feet firmly on the property ladder.
We’ve done a sweep of some of the property websites, and a sweep of our own job vacancies. Here’s our list of great places to work and live, where you can buy a house (yes, a whole house, not a flat) for under £50k, and get a job with a solid, well-respected firm with a minimum starting salary of at least £25k.
COUNTY DURHAM / NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
The cathedral city of Durham, with UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site status is a gorgeous place of cobbled streets strung out along the banks of the rushing river Wear, with a lively café culture, and home to one of the UK’s leading universities. Just down the road, Newcastle is one of the UK’s most vibrant cities with a fantastic night-life, stylish architecture, renowned museums and galleries and fantastic shopping facilities.
We have a generous clutch of job vacancies in this area, including for immigration, private client, personal injury, family and criminal roles.
Check out JHS24585 – an immigration role for a determined advocate with IAAS Level 2 accreditation that’s paying a very competitive starting salary.
RC24506 is a great role for a solicitor or legal executive with a couple of years’ private client experience. This firm is rapidly becoming a major player in the market and this is a real career role for a determined and ambitious lawyer. Up to £40k as a starting salary.
JHS23994 – this firm is looking for personal injury fee earners with 2+ years’ experience. On offer is a good starting salary, depending on experience.
As for houses – what about this investment opportunity for only £24k?
You might not share this home-owner’s eclectic taste in home décor, but you have to admit that a one-bed house for £38k in a pretty village with an easy commute into Newcastle’s city centre has to be a bargain!
GLAMORGAN / the Rhondda Valley
The Rhondda valley was once the prosperous mining heart of south Wales, but the closure of the pits has left many of the little mining villages impoverished. However, this area of outstanding natural beauty is only a thirty minute drive into Cardiff, and the last few years has seen a steady level of investment in property here, with a slow but discernible rise in prices. This is borne out by the fact that our job vacancies for this area include a very high proportion of conveyancing roles, a sure sign of a very promising property market.
Check out VS24360E. This is a vacancy for a Criminal Duty Solicitor.The successful Duty Solicitor will manage a demanding caseload of defence matters from arrest to trial as required.
£22k for a house? Seriously? This little one-bed is just ten miles from the city and has a cute little garden just right for an after-work G and T!
Like many of the cities in this list, Liverpool boasts superb architecture, reflecting its past status as one of the richest trading ports in the world. For a long time the city was in decline but over the last few decades, thanks to a series of massive regeneration projects, Liverpool has begun to thrive once more. In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture and is continuing to build on its international reputation; accordingly, many of the UK’s global law firms have an office in this region.
We have a vacancy with one of the UK’s leading law firms looking for a 1 – 4 years PQE construction lawyer, with a very generous starting salary, NS24349.
Check out this opportunity for an ambitious paralegal looking to work in a dispute resolution role, CE22199, a role with fantastic career potential.
And we have a number of roles for legal cashiers within a specialist firm, with starting salaries of up to £40k, KT23773
If you fancy a bit of a project (well, OK, a lot of a project!) you could get a terraced house for as little as £3k!
But there are plenty more needing a little less work! But still available in the low £30ks!