Current Vacancies

Cunningtons LLP: Current Vacancies

Cunningtons are currently looking for a part time experienced Receptionist/Telephonist at our Chelmsford branch, Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.00pm.  If you wish to apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter to

We currently have a vacancy for a  Paralegal in our Litigation Department in Braintree, see profile below, Hrs 9am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Salary TBA, see below for more in-depth profile for this role.
The skills and qualities that we will be looking for are in an ideal candidate are as follows:-

1.    A desire and willingness to pursue a career as a contentious solicitor or equivalent.  We are not looking for someone to qualify into a different area of law at this time.
2.    A good working knowledge of contract law
3.    A good working knowledge of property law
4.    A good working knowledge of employment law
5.    Experience of running possession, debt collection, small claims and enforcement matters from start to finish without supervision and advising on compromise agreements
6.    Advocacy experience and a willingness and means to attend court hearings
7.    A good working understanding of the CPR and procedural law generally
8.    Good academic credentials, ideally having completed the LPC
9.    A willingness to learn new areas of law and develop their knowledge, such learning may need to take place in the candidates own time
10.    A willingness and ability to undertake research tasks and present their findings in an appropriate manner
11.    A willingness to engage in marketing activities including preparing articles, attending networking events and increasing the firm profile generally, sometimes outside of contractual hours
12.    Excellent communication skills
13.    Good commercial acumen
14.    A polite and helpful manner

Please apply to


We are also seeking:

•    A Residential Conveyancing Solicitor to join our busy branch in Braintree.  Must be used to dealing with high volumes of residential sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity for both freehold and leasehold properties.  Must be at least 3 years PQE and have a hunger to progress within an established firm.  Client service is a key component to being successful within Cunningtons LLP.
•    Civil Litigation Solicitor required to join a slowly expanding department based at the head office in Braintree.  Would suit a newly qualified solicitor with experience in general litigation matters to include property related disputes, employment, contract disputes.
•    Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor required to join and head up a new department in Braintree.  Must be able to work autonomously and be a keen business developer.  Must have considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of Commercial property transactions.

Please apply to

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and other protected characteristics, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.


Our Locations

Braintree - 01376 567275

Cunningtons LLP in Great Square and Tofts Walk in Braintree, Essex, is the head office for Cunningtons Solicitors across the UK. Established in 1748, the Braintree head office in Great Square is still in its original offices. This amounts to almost 300 years of Experience and Tradition.

The Senior Partner at Cunningtons’ Braintree office is David Drake. Paul Fenton is the Joint Managing Partner. He is the residential conveyancing partner at the Braintree practice. They are supported by qualified Solicitors and Licenced Conveyancers.

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Braintree Walk In
Brighton & Hove: 01273 725229
Chelmsford: 01245 264494
Croydon: 0208 688 8446
Ilford: 020 8553 0002
Solihull: 0121 7056868
Wickford: 01268 732268

Our Key People

The staff at Cunningtons are totally dedicated and highly professional. We are committed to the highest level of customer services which is echoed in our testimonials.

David Drake: Litigation Solicitor and Senior Partner at the Braintree Branch
David Drake: Litigation Solicitor and Senior Partner at the Braintree Branch

David Drake: Litigation Solicitor and Senior Partner at the Braintree Branch

David lives in Colchester and is married with two children.

David is the firm’s senior partner and is head of the Dispute Resolution Department. He is also the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice. and in that capacity steered the firm to LLP status in 2015.

He has been a litigator since he qualified in 1979 and has vast experience of handling litigation matters both for Claimants and Defendants.  He specialises in property disputes, residential Landlord and Tenant including leasehold extension and enfranchisement matters and also handles contract and negligence disputes including professional negligence matters.

David is a former Round Tabler and Rotarian.

He is a passionate Norwich City supporter where he has been a season ticket holder for over 20 years. A previously active sportsman he now plays bowls for competition and keeps basically fit by walking the dogs and undertaking the occasional cycle ride. He is also an aging rocker attending many local gigs and supporting his son who plays in a local rock band.

David Drake can be contacted on 01376 567259

Testimonials –

“It was a good interview. I came away feeling very satisfied with the outcome” – Mrs B, November 2013
“We were very impressed by Mr Drake at initial telephone contact, also, he made a site visit to actually see our problem before further advice” – Mr & Mrs T, March 2014
“David Drake is a superb asset to your firm” – Dr L, June 2014
“I have found your company and services to be exemplary and would not hesitate to use you again. Thank you” – Mr W, August 2014
“Very helpful and professional” – Mr F, September 2014

“Very many thanks…this is a most welcomed outcome and we thank you again for all your efforts to bring this dispute to such a satisfactory conclusion” – Mr & Mrs D, May 2016

“Thank you very much for helping me recently by providing free telephone advice. I was finding it difficult to deal with the property management company and you really helped and gave me the information I needed to find a resolution.” Ms B, August 2016

Paul Fenton: Conveyancing Solicitor and Joint Managing Partner
Jason Bradshaw: Conveyancing Solicitor and Partner at the Brighton branch
Aymer Hutton: Partner based in Solihull
Kate Hunt: Partner in charge of the Wickford Office
Bryony Wilmshurst: Solicitor dealing with Wills, Probate, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Charities
Katie Beer: Head of Family Law at Cunningtons
Mohammed is a Partner specialising in Residential Conveyancing, and he works out of Cunningtons’ Ilford office.
Jill Wiggins - Partner in the Family Law Department
Kate Horsted - Conveyancing Solicitor at the Chelmsford Branch
Aaron Coombs: Managing Director based in Braintree

Don't Take Our Word For It....Read What Our Clients Say

I would like to say thanks for all your work in getting the 2 flats I purchased through Cunningtons to completion prior to the end of March (after March I would have of course incurred significant costs in the shape of stamp duty on the buy to let purchases).  In what was not the most straight forward case and with numerous issues raised by the lender, your prompt response and advice ensured the transactions still went through and I thank you sincerely for your efforts. 

Particularly with the second purchase being instructed by me with only about 1 month to go before the end of March, it was a very quick turn-around to get that, indeed both, transactions completed in such quick and efficient time.

I have used Cunningtons for almost 15 years, and I would certainly be happy to do so again, including recommending yourself and Cunningtons to friends and family.

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