Careers with Boys & Maughan

We employ around 148 people, in a variety of roles, all of whom are integral to us delivering the highest levels of client care and satisfaction. Click on the links below for details of our current vacancies.

Conveyancing Legal Administrator and Receptionist, Canterbury

We are seeking a legal administrator / receptionist for our office in St George’s Place, Canterbury.

You will play a crucial role in giving an excellent first impression of our services and handle a busy workload, which will involve learning legal skills. File opening and welcoming new clients to our firm will become your main areas of expertise. You will be a natural problem solver and not afraid to take the initiative when you identify an issue that needs to be resolved.

The role is one that requires someone who is upbeat and enthusiastic, enjoys speaking to the public and understands the importance of first class customer service. You’ll need to be confident and professional on the telephone and we will also expect you to be friendly, engaging and personable when greeting our clients in person. 

Your main duties will include liaising with new clients and with colleagues across the team, detailed data entry, filing, copying, scanning and managing our post and general admin. One-to-one training will be provided and progression is likely for the right candidate.

Previous conveyancing or legal experience is advantageous but not essential. Customer service experience is desirable but we are mainly interested in people who have a passion for going the extra mile for our clients. If you have proven administrative skills, can manage a fast moving workload and are eager to learn, we would like to hear from you.

Boys & Maughan is one of East Kent’s largest and oldest legal practices. We are the market-leaders in the area, with six local offices, and have won a number of awards for our conveyancing services.

Training will be provided. An adaptable and flexible approach is paramount coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude to work. The position is full time and permanent. Your hours will be 9.00am to 5.00pm with 25 days’ holiday per annum.

Please note only applicants with relevant experience will be contacted. To apply please send a CV and covering letter to: Kerry Curson, Human Resources Manager, Boys & Maughan by email.

You would be welcome to call Kerry on 01843 234000 if you would like an opportunity to discuss the post before applying.

Commercial Property Legal Secretary, Margate

We are seeking a commercial property legal secretary for our main Margate office.

You will assist our solicitors in dealing in all aspects of commercial property such as Land Registry applications and SDLT returns.

Our ideal candidate will have strong secretarial skills and basic knowledge of the conveyancing process. Somebody who is currently a commercial property secretary or an experienced residential property secretary who is interested in commercial property could be particularly well suited to the role. Above all, an adaptable and flexible approach is paramount coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude to work.

Our team is friendly and committed. Boys & Maughan’s expertise is widely recognised and we have excellent, long-term relationships with our clients, giving you an opportunity to make your mark and progress your career.

Boys & Maughan is one of East Kent’s largest and oldest legal practices, with six offices across Thanet and in Canterbury.

Your salary will be competitive and negotiable depending on experience. The position is full time and permanent. Your hours will be 9.00am to 5.00pm with 25 days’ holiday per annum. 

To apply send a comprehensive CV and covering letter explaining the qualities you would expect to bring to the role, relevant experience and details of your availability to Kerry Curson, HR Manager, by email.

You would be welcome to call Kerry on 01843 234000 if you would like an opportunity to discuss the post before applying.

Residential Property Lawyers, Canterbury, Margate and Birchington

A confident individual with good quality residential conveyancing experience. Does this describe you?

We’re seeking three experienced residential conveyancers to join our highly respected team. Applications are welcome from solicitors, Chartered Legal Executives, licensed conveyancers and unqualified conveyancers.

You will be based at either our Canterbury St George’s Place, Margate or Birchington offices. If you have a preference for one location above the other please make this clear in your application.

Boys & Maughan is one of East Kent’s largest and oldest legal practices. We are the market-leaders in the area, with six local offices and have won a number of national awards for our customer service, including no fewer than 25 trophies at the ESTAS conveyancing awards between 2017 and 2021.

You’ll be expected to manage your own caseload and enjoy a challenging, fast moving professional environment.

Our residential property department is friendly and committed and we are looking for a team player. We have excellent, long-term relationships with our clients and local estate agents, giving you an opportunity to make your mark and progress your career.

The positions are full time and permanent. Your hours will be 9.00am to 5.00pm with 25 days’ holiday per annum.

Please note only applicants with relevant experience will be contacted. If you like the sound of us, then we would really like to hear from you.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to: Kerry Curson, Human Resources Manager, Boys & Maughan by email.

You would be welcome to call Kerry on 01843 234000 if you would like an opportunity to discuss the post before applying.

Litigation Lawyer Margate – full or part time

We are seeking a solicitor or chartered legal executive with at least three years’ post qualification experience for our busy and widely respected litigation team.

Applications from all-rounders will be particularly welcome. You will be based at our Margate office and we expect you will regularly represent clients in disputes involving:

  • property law including landlord and tenant
  • employment law
  • probate and will disputes
  • contracts
  • boundary disputes, and
  • general commercial litigation.

You will have a sound knowledge of litigation processes and the role will involve frequently issuing court proceedings and attending court. We will expect you to assist with the investigation and litigation of complex cases and have experience of drafting court documents, witness statements and instructions to experts.

The successful candidate will possess excellent client care and inter-personal skills and operate with integrity; demonstrating empathy and intuition.

Our team is friendly and committed and we have excellent, long-term relationships with many of our clients, giving you an opportunity to make your mark and progress your career. Boys & Maughan is one of East Kent’s largest and oldest legal practices, with six offices across Thanet and in Canterbury. Our property litigation lawyers are consistently listed in the legal industry bible, The Legal 500 and we have had a number of reported cases in recent years.

The position is either full or part time, and will be permanent. If you work full time your hours will be Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Your salary will be negotiable depending on experience. Working from home is often effective and we believe in its benefits, so have a permanent and occasional working from home policy. You would be welcome to propose up to 40% home working.

To apply send a comprehensive CV and covering letter explaining the qualities you would expect to bring to the role, your preference for full or part time, relevant experience and details of your availability to: Kerry Curson, Human Resources Manager, Boys & Maughan, by email.

You would be welcome to call Kerry on 01843 234000 if you would like an opportunity to discuss the post before applying. 

Family Department Legal Secretary, Canterbury

We are looking for a legal secretary for our office in Broad Street, Canterbury, ideally with experience in family law.

Our ideal candidate will be committed to high standards of client care, possess excellent audio typing skills, adept at managing a busy diary, and confident and professional when liaising with clients.

It is a busy role and you will need the ability to work at pace and with good humour, whilst retaining a constant eye for detail. An adaptable and flexible approach is paramount coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude to work.

Our family team is amongst a select few sets of lawyers listed in the legal industry bible, The Legal 500. Boys & Maughan is one of East Kent’s largest and oldest legal practices and we are the market-leaders in the area, with six local offices.

The position is full time and permanent. Your hours will be 9.00am to 5.00pm with 25 days’ holiday per annum. 

Please note only applicants with relevant skills will be contacted. If you like the sound of us, then we would really like to hear from you!

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to: Kerry Curson, Human Resources Manager, Boys & Maughan by email.

You would be welcome to call Kerry on 01843 234000 if you would like an opportunity to discuss the post before applying.

What’s it like to work with us?
Our people are bright, capable and creative team players. Integrity and respect are values which are important to us and we look for these in the people we employ. Culturally, we are friendly and informal – like any firm there’s a hierarchy but you need to look hard to find it. 

We have a strong, enviable track record in organic growth because we place great emphasis in the development of our employees enabling them to fulfil their career goals and do their best work.

Our people mission statement is to be PROUD:

Proud to be Boys & Maughan people
Responsibility, Resilience and Responsive
Opportunities
Understanding of our clients and each other
Desire to achieve, succeed and excel

We have a significantly loyal client base because of the expertise of our people and their ability to identify and deliver the right individual legal solution to suit our clients’ needs. So as a member of our team, you will get to work alongside some specialists in their field, or you may be one yourself, but above all else you will be doing interesting work with great clients.

Lawyers will also experience public appreciation and acknowledgement of their work through ReviewSolicitors, where we often attract excellent feedback. Check now and you may see that we are ranked one of the top firms in the country. Administrators are also often complimented on this leading review platform. Our firm is committed to transparency, so you will see our prices displayed on our website in line with the SRA's requirements, and if you are a conveyancer, for example, you will receive regular new instructions via Perfect Portal where prospective clients can obtain a detailed quotation for our services. 

In 2022 we established three new staff groups focusing on the opportunities and challenges faced by regional law firms such as ourselves. Involving 30 staff from across the business and led by our equity partners, the groups generate ideas and make recommendations in respect of wellbeing and diversity, green issues and our responsibilities to the local communities we serve. A wide cross section of staff are involved in the groups and colleagues who are new to the firm, are amongst the most active contributors. 

We also like to have fun. If you’re new to the area and would like to get to know your colleagues better we have a social committee that regularly arranges local events and outings. 

In September 2021 our Partners showed their appreciation and gratitude to all our staff for their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the previous 12 months by taking everyone to Port Lympne Safari Park for a safari, drinks reception and meal.



Where are we?
We have offices in five East Kent towns – Margate, Ramsgate, Birchington, Broadstairs and two offices in Canterbury. While we retain a consistent culture and approach in each office, their location offers something different to our people who work in them.

Why not come and meet us? If you are interested in one of our vacancies we will happily show you round our offices and introduce you to your potential colleagues.

We often help people relocate to local towns and villages and have notched up a number of success stories involving staff who have joined us to develop their career and because they wish to change their lifestyle.

Thanet and Canterbury has a wide range of excellent schools that we can tell you about if you have school age children. And if you are entirely new to the area, we will give you the inside track on the best locations in which to buy or rent, and can introduce you to local estate and letting agents. Speak to our HR Manager Kerry Curson on 01843 234000 or email Kerry if you would like details. 

Benefits
Boys & Maughan offers a range of benefits:

  • 25 days holiday plus paid bank holidays
  • We close down our offices between Christmas and New Year
  • We believe working from home can be effective and in being flexible, so have established a permanent and occasional working from home policy
  • Free conveyancing on your residential property for all those who have been employed for over 6 months
  • Salary sacrifice pension scheme
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Car parking and season ticket loans
  • Eye care vouchers.

What types of careers does Boys & Maughan offer?
We like to provide an environment in which all our lawyers and non-lawyers can develop their personal, commercial and management skills. A number of our staff have been promoted multiple times and we like nothing more than to guide a future leader along their career path.

If you are considering a legal career you might wish to consider:

  • An apprenticeship - we have been recruiting apprentices of all ages since 2007. Boys & Maughan offers excellent prospects: 13 people have gone on to permanent jobs with us through our apprenticeship scheme so far and two have been promoted twice and become lawyers with significant levels of responsibility.
  • Legal Secretary – you’ll usually need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and Maths, experience of office work and word processing skills to join us as a legal secretary. If you have no previous experience you might like to take a course in audio transcription. Visit the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs (ILSPA) for more information about this career.
  • Licensed Conveyancer - a licensed conveyancer is a qualified, professional property lawyer. In this role, you'll specialise in property law and will work on behalf of clients buying or selling property
  • Chartered Legal Executive - a Chartered Legal Executive is a lawyer who has completed all the elements of the route to qualification at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). They often specialise in a particular area of law and work closely alongside our solicitors.
  • Solicitor - a career as a solicitor can be incredibly rewarding, providing a job that is intellectually challenging with many exciting opportunities. Solicitors are involved in almost all aspects of life, making the range of work diverse. Search for law careers on the Law Society website for more details of how to become a solicitor.

Mentoring future lawyers
We like to support and encourage future lawyers and legal administrators and, gladly, they often end up working for us.

In 2017 we established the Boys & Maughan Solicitors Civil Advocacy Competition, which takes place in the University of Kent’s Law School. Students usually start the competition with little or no courtroom procedural experience. With the fierce competition for pupilages and training contracts, mooting is an essential experience, particularly for those who want to become barristers or solicitor advocates.

In addition to the courtroom experience, we arrange for a number of our experienced lawyers and recruitment decision makers to meet with the Law School’s students to network, pitch for jobs and seek careers advice.

    Charity work
    Boys & Maughan actively supports local and national charities via events throughout the year such as wills promotions, coffee mornings, running and walking events and dress-down days.

    Our main charity we have supported over a number of years is Pilgrims Hospices. Each year our private client team gives its time freely to the Hospice and it has most recently donated over £20,000 to vital services at local Pilgrims Hospices following two successful Make a Will Months



    We are also involved in assisting Oasis, a Margate domestic violence refuge. At Christmas we usually like to collect and deliver food for local charities.

    Boys & Maughan regularly offers legal and business know how to local community organisations. We get involved in local drop in legal advice clinics and a number of our partners and consultants are trustees for education providers, local charities and community organisations. Our staff are also represented in charitable organisations such as Rotary and Round Table.

    Our lawyers also give regular interviews to local community radio station Academy FM Thanet on topical legal issues.

    Andrew Baker, one of our equity partners, is a director of the Dreamland Heritage Trust, which was set up to deliver a 21st-century tourist attraction at Dreamland, Margate, based around the listed Scenic Railway and Cinema building.

    Albert Burns Children’s Fund
    Occasionally we are able to reach out to a much wider community and an example of this is the Albert Burns Children’s Fund.

    The fund was created in memory of Thanet businessman Albert Burns who left instructions in his will for us to create a lasting legacy for children. He particularly wanted to support smaller charities that don’t have the resources of the larger children’s charities.

    Albert had a particular affinity with India and in 2015 we used part of the fund to pay for a new children’s centre providing support and relief for a slum community in Goa. The facility, known as Albert’s Good News Centre is making a huge difference to the street children of the Moti Donger slum.

    Since 2015 Kent Community Foundation has managed the Fund grant-making on our behalf and direct funding to local childrens’ groups and charities where it will make a significant impact locally.

    Albert Burns Children’s Fund has so far awarded nearly £230k in grants across 55 different projects and expects to continue to add to these totals significantly in future years. To apply for funding through the Albert Burns Children’s Trust Fund visit KCF's website.

    Diversity
    Solicitors firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are required to collect and publish their workforce diversity data using questions provided by the SRA. In 2021 we surveyed our staff and if you would like like to see the results click here. The SRA uses the information to monitor diversity within the profession and we also monitor diversity internally.

    Recruitment agencies
    Agencies, we have a strict preferred supplier list of recruitment partners and therefore ask you not to send unsolicited introductions to our colleagues and managers. Where speculative CV’s are submitted, we reserve the right to contact these candidates directly without any form of obligation from us to you.