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I am a retired solicitor who now carries out self-employed work and voluntary work. This includes preparation and proofreading of agendas and newsletters, blog

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Rate Per HourUS $16.67
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First nameAlan
Country United Kingdom
City Weymouth Dorset
Education degree Other, LLB
Major specialization Other, Law
Second specialization
First language English
Areas of specialization Not selected

Work experience

Present Occupation: Self-Employed
Editing Experience in Years: 3 years experience - preparation of agendas, newsletters.

On 13 March 2012 I obtained a Merit in Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning from The Publishing Training Centre and am a member of a writing group in Bridport.

Since I have now obtained a Proofreading Qualification I am keen to utilise all my skills, experience and abilities and will be very reliable, accurate and efficient. I wish to build a continuing and happy relationship with my clients.

Personal Profile

An efficient adaptable and well organised individual with an eye for detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a flexible and proactive approach to work..

Personal Details

I have 30 years experience as a Solicitor both in local government and private practice specialising in commercial property, landlord and tenant, local government law (including report writing and legal research), conveyancing and other non-contentious work. For the past 2 years I have taken a break from office work. Instead I have been carrying out self employed work explaining and completing complicated legal and financial documentation.

On 13 March 2012 I obtained a Merit in Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning from The Publishing Training Centre and am a member of a writing group in Bridport.

I also do voluntary work for the following charitable organisations.

1. I am General Secretary of The League of Friends of Weymouth and Portland Hospitals, a small charitable organisation based in Weymouth. This involves carrying out all the administrative work including preparation of agendas, newsletters etc. I enjoy this very much. We raise money through the tea bar and also by donations, bazaars etc. which is utilised to fund various items of equipment required for hospitals and doctor's surgeries.

2. I help out at Bridport Museum in an occasional voluntary capacity which involves opening up or shutting down the museum, greeting visitors, operating the till, handling cash and general front of house duties. I also enjoy this work as I am able to talk to lots of different people. When it is quiet I enjoy looking at the exhibits as I am very interested in archaeology. I am also helping with an oral history project for the museum.

3. I am also a VisitWoods Volunteer for the Woodland Trust. I find this work exciting as I am able to download digital photos and blogs onto the Woodland Trust website and I am responsible for moderating any pictures or blogs which others wish to place on the website.

4. I also do some research into planning matters for the Woodland Trust in so far as any applications affect woods or trees and consider the implications of any planning proposals.

5. I am a member of my local community church and enjoy talking to people. Through my church activities I have been able to get to know people whom I would not normally have met in other circumstances, because we all have different interests. I am also attending a course in Poole which enables me to study the Bible in more depth.

I have a full, clean driving licence and my own car.

References – available on request

Key Skills and Abilities

• Ability to prioritise and carry out a range of tasks within deadlines.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Accurate and methodical approach to all work responsibilities and tasks.
• Very adaptable with experience of working in a wide variety of environments with the ability to quickly assimilate new skills and knowledge.
• IT skills – knowledge of word processing and other Microsoft Office software and internet.
• Excellent negotiation skills.
• I am used to drafting and amending both complex and straightforward documents and reports and am used to attending meetings and am able to explain issues clearly and concisely, either verbally or in writing.
• When I left my last employer, North Dorset District Council I was pleased to receive a compliment from colleagues in Environmental Health thanking me for my precision and attention to detail.
• I am used to working on my own and as part of a small team and get on well with everyone.

Education and Qualifications
Admitted as a Solicitor since 1979
Member of Law Society since 1980
College of Law Guildford- 1976 – passed Final Exams
Liverpool University – 1972 to 1975 – LLB (Hons.) Degree 2:2
Wellingborough Grammar School – 1966 to 1971 – 8 “O” Levels, “A” Levels in History and English Literature and “S” Level in History (Merit)
Career History

North Dorset District Council -Solicitor-February 2006 to June 2010
• Working within small legal team
• responsibility for general conveyancing and non- contentious work,
• project work,
• asset management ,
• organising, updating and registration of title deeds, contract work,
• equity mortgages,
• dealing with general enquiries from members of the public, parish councils and district councillors.
• This includes straightforward work e.g. leases, licences , tenancies, assignments etc. and more complex work e.g. major projects, sales and option agreements relating to
Commercial and development land etc.
• Also, attending meetings, perusing and interpreting legal documents and advising thereon, preparing heads of terms, checking and amending committee reports to include legal implications.

Also carried out occasional locum work for Harris and Harris Solicitors of Frome
North Devon District Council
Assistant Solicitor- July 2000 to December 2005
• Dealing with a Variety of non-contentious matters – mainly conveyancing (registered and unregistered), commercial leases, landlord and tenant, building agreements, development agreements, social housing, major projects, acquisitions and disposals, voluntary registrations of title, statutory declarations, easements, licences, s104 agreements etc.
• Also revising and updating the Council’s standard form of business lease.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
Project Solicitor- October 1999 to March 2000 and May 2000
• Responsible for all conveyancing work in connection with the transfer of all the Council’s housing stock and associated land to a housing company, including title investigations and preparation and completion of all necessary transfers within a strict timetable.
I previously worked as a solicitor for the following organisations
Ellis Jones-Locum -September 1999 to October 1999 and April 2000
Crawley Borough Council-Locum -December 1998 to September 1999
Brighton and Hove Council-Locum – March 1997 to November 1998
St. Edmundsbury Borough Council-Locum – April 1996 to February 1997
Bournemouth Borough Council-Assistant Solicitor - May 1995 to February 1996
1990 to 1995
Working for Oscar H. Whittingham and Sons, Roger W. Hurt, Wilmott and East and Roderick H. Hursthouse
Howe and Shorter-Assistant Solicitor- 1985 to 1990
Tucker and Hilton--Assistant Solicitor - 1982 to 1985
Nicholls Lindsell and Harris-Assistant Solicitor - 1979 to 1982

Harvey N Davies-Articled Clerk-1979 to 1981

Computer experience

Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe, One Note , email, mobile phone, Kodak Easy Share, HP, Stellarium.

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