At Sweeney Miller Law, our approach is simple: we work hard to build trust and give our clients confidence in what we do. At the centre of what we do is our staff, who are our greatest strength.

Each member of our team works with integrity, transparency, and fairness to provide all of our clients with a personal, professional service at all times.


Our staff are a fundamental part of what makes us a successful law firm and we are committed to sourcing and developing the best talent across the business and providing ongoing training and support from day one. What makes our staff different is the consistency of training and development which ensures that all our staff have the same ‘Sweeney Miller style’ which ensures that our clients can be guaranteed the same levelled of service regardless of which department or person they are dealing with.

JOIN OUR TEAM!

We are always looking for lawyers who are keen to join our team

Interested? Take a look at our current vacancies!

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Sweeney Miller team and therefore invite any speculative applications for all levels within the firm, regardless of whether or not there are any specific vacancies advertised.

About Sweeney Miller

Founded in Sunderland in 2002, Sweeney Miller Law has over the past 20 years gone from strength to strength. Increasing client demand and impressive growth led to the firm opening a second office in Newcastle in 2014.


We support businesses and individuals both locally and across the UK, including London, on a range of matters from residential conveyancing, family and divorce, wills and probate, to dispute resolution, commercial property, licensing and corporate matters.


Our team of approachable and friendly professionals aim to make our clients always feel comfortable and in control of their own legal affairs.

Life at Sweeney Miller Law

We understand that the team is the core of the firm, so we work hard to ensure the wellbeing and development of all of our staff, and aim to continually support our team members, both professionally and personally, throughout their careers at the firm.


“The personal touch is what I enjoy the most, there is always someone around to guide you if you need help and that’s what I feel you don’t always get at other firms. We are all working towards the same goal and the training and support from colleagues you get is amazing, just what you need to progress in this competitive field. Also I’d be lying if I didn’t say I enjoy the social events and Pizza Tuesday!”


Elizabeth Cowley, Conveyancing Assistant

Training and development

We are committed to the development of our team, and this is evidenced by the fact that all of our equity partners started their careers at the firm as paralegals before training, qualifying as solicitors and then becoming partners at Sweeney Miller.


Fostering career progression is so key to the firm that we have developed our own bespoke in-house training programme designed to provide school leavers and graduates with structured, vocational based learning. The programme focusses on ensuring service standards, procedures, communication skills, administration, and technical expertise, and looks to embed the core values of the firm – ‘The Sweeney Miller Way’ – from the start.


Wellbeing support

Several members of the firm, all senior lawyers or partners, have been trained as Mental Health England first aiders able to identify and assist with early signs of any staff in difficulty. In addition, the firm has access to a qualified counsellor, where necessary, for the benefit of staff, and our staff are encouraged to ask for support when needed.


“I love working at Sweeney Miller as the firm provides a work life balance and room to grow within the company.”


Natalie Mowforth, Head of File Opening

Environmental, Social & Governance

Sweeney Miller Law is committed to its Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) principles. These include a range of initiatives to encourage sustainable working practices at the firm, integration with the communities that we work alongside, as well as providing clear and ongoing guidance and support in relation to every member of the team's professional and regulatory obligations. Further details about what we are doing can be found on our Environmental, Social & Governance pages.

Education

We have a strong culture of promoting from within and investing in our people. A large number of our graduate paralegals go on to do their training contracts with the firm each year. We also continue to develop lawyers of the future through the solicitor apprenticeship, licensed conveyancer and CILEX routes. In collaboration with Newcastle University and Sunderland University, the firm has established an annual ‘Sweeney Miller Scholarship Grant’, providing scholarships for students interested in a career in the law. Students are given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, as well as winning a cash prize.


“I like working at Sweeney Miller because of the friendly atmosphere in the workplace. There is constant training and support when and if required. I like being able to work on the job whilst studying alongside. The apprenticeship and firm has helped me gain practical skills and legal knowledge at the same time.”


Kierra Carr, Trainee Solicitor

Social and team building

We’re keen to encourage a culture of collaboration and communication amongst the whole team, across both sites, so we have a calendar of events and initiatives to allow colleagues to get to know one another and avoid silo working:

  • Staff quizzes
  • Office drinks
  • Monthly pizza Tuesday
  • Cross-site visits between Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Bake-offs
  • Lunchtime walking groups
  • Charity fundraising opportunities
  • Celebration days
  • Nespresso machine in each office
  • Table tennis tables at our Sunderland office
  • Dress for the day policy
  • And we are happy to consider any new ideas our colleagues put forward (within reason)!
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Open Positions

Sweeney Miller Law is more than your average law firm. From our base here in the North East we have grown rapidly to become one of the region’s leading legal businesses.

 

At Sweeney Miller Law we are committed to providing the best possible service for our clients and a supportive and inclusive workplace for our staff. In order to achieve these goals, we ensure that we incorporate our four firm values of Excellence, Inclusion, Honesty and Professionalism into every interaction we have with our clients and colleagues so that all our staff have the same ‘Sweeney Miller style’ and our clients can be guaranteed the same levelled of service regardless of which department or person they are dealing with.

 

The firm has an unrivalled reputation in the region.


Conveyancing Legal Assistant/Paralegals

Sweeney Miller Law is seeking to recruit 2 experienced and motivated conveyancing legal assistants/paralegals 1 for our Sunderland office and 1 for our Newcastle office. You will have great customer service skills, and like to work in a forward-thinking property law environment. You will be part of the team supporting customers through their initial journey in house buying and selling whilst working with conveyancers to provide a better home moving experience for all.

 

Role to include:

  • Full assistance and support to a Conveyancer on all transactional matters
  • Liaise with clients and third parties
  • Maintaining case management system and progressing milestones
  • Issuing Sale Contract Packs
  • Preparing Sale Report
  • Obtaining redemption statements, preparing draft Completion Statements and invoices
  • Undertaking relevant searches
  • Preparing Transfer Deeds, SDLT and tenancy declarations
  • Preparing completion packs and attend to calls to clients and third parties
  • Handling Conveyancer phone calls and visitors when Conveyancer not available
  • Any other paralegal and administrative duties as required
  • Dealing with other administrative duties as identified from time to time to facilitate the accuracy and speed of the transaction

 

You will have:

  • Excellent customer service and organisational skills
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • A good standard of English and Maths
  • A good knowledge of the conveyancing process
  • Good attention for detail

 

Suitable progression opportunities are available for the right candidates. To apply, please email us your CV and cover letter to our Senior Office Manager Sarah Dodds at sarah.dodds@sweeneymiller.co.uk

Application Process

To apply for a job advertised on our website, or to make a speculative application the process is as follows:

  • Send a full CV and covering letter to Sarah Dodds at sarah.dodds@sweeneymiller.co.uk.
  • After considering CVs, we will invite shortlisted candidates for interview.
  • If you are successful at the interview stage, we will invite you back to the office for a ‘taster’ session to meet the team and see the offices.
  • Finally, the successful candidate will be sent a job offer and become the newest member of the Sweeney Miller team!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!