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Assistant Land Registrar

HM Land Registry
Birkenhead, Durham, Nottingham, Plymouth and Swansea
Closing date
1 Nov 2021
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Since 1862, HM Land Registry has protected and guaranteed people’s land and property rights by keeping and maintaining the Land Register for England and Wales. HM Land Registry plays an important role in the property market, underpinning property ownership worth over £7 trillion across England and Wales. Our ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

We are now looking for 15 Assistant Land Registrars to join our Land Registration Lawyers team and play a vital role in the delivery of first-class legal services to support HMLR’s ambition. This role can be either full time or part time to a minimum of 30 hours per week.

We are looking to recruit to five offices, Birkenhead, Durham, Nottingham Plymouth and Swansea, with three recruits planned for each. Appointments will be made based on merit, taking into account our priorities and posts available at a given location and candidates’ stated preferences. You can choose offices in order of preference, selecting up to three. Reserve lists will be locational rather than national.

Job description

Working as part of a national team of lawyers you will manage a varied caseload of complex and sensitive cases, complaints and financial claims under the land registration legislation and help deliver the Legal and Assurance Directorate’s business objectives. You will support HM Land Registry’s aim to maintain trust and confidence in the property market and to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data by providing legal and technical advice and making key decisions and giving direction in the most complex cases on matters such as land ownership, rights, interests affecting land, indemnity and disputed applications, working with our operational delivery teams based in 14 offices throughout England and Wales.

All of our roles are office based. However, HMLR is currently trialling an approach to blended working where individuals are able to utilise a blend of home and office working to enable them to work effectively and achieve the best outcomes for the organisation and our customers. Please note you will not be signed off with lawyer authority to settle cases without supervision until you have successfully completed your training course. During this period, you should expect to attend the office for at least 3 days per week. This is to help deliver the best level of training and learning experience and to keep you fully engaged in the process. Once your training period has been completed, working as part of a national team of lawyers, you may be asked to work virtually with other lawyers outside of your training office and may be required to travel to other HMLR offices as required from time to time, subject to business need and taking account of personal circumstances.


To take up a post, you must be qualified to practise as a Solicitor or Barrister in England and Wales or be a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives by the date of your appointment, but no later than 1 June 2022. If you are not yet qualified, you may be asked to produce evidence to show you are working towards the qualification and expect to achieve it no later than 1 June 2022.

Due to the breadth of the role, unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from Licensed Conveyancers who are not also qualified Solicitors, Barristers or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (or likely to qualify within the above timescale). Knowledge of, and an interest in land registration, land law and conveyancing is desirable.

We are looking for applicants with legal professional skills who can exercise sound judgement to reach effective decisions quickly and manage risk, while handling a varied and busy workload, combined with strong communication and interpersonal skills, who will play a vital part in delivering the first-class legal services HM Land Registry needs as we transform into a digital organization.

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For more information please see the attached candidate pack and job description.


Qualified at time of appointment (but no later than 1 June 2022) to practise as a solicitor/barrister or FCILEx in England and Wales.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Developing Self and Others


A great place to work
HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

Where difference is celebrated
We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

HMLR offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.


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