O’Neill Patient recruits sales director in bid to become the number one conveyancer

Jessica Szczelkun, has just joined, O’Neill Patient Group (ONP) as its first sales director. Jessica joins from SortRefer where she was sales and relationship director for four years.
ONP is one of the two largest conveyancing solicitors in the UK with ambitious growth plans, evident earlier this year when it purchased Cavendish Legal Group. This acquisition saw the group increase its market share, geographical presence and further diversity in the conveyancing sector to accommodate the more complex areas of property law. This growth is what attracted Jessica to leave SortRefer to help ONP to achieve its plans.

Jessica qualified and practiced as a solicitor for ten years before running her own mortgage brokerage. Latterly she joined SortRefer as a relationship manager, soon becoming the sales and relationship director.

In her new role Jessica wants to expand ONP’s relationships both with panel managers and their mortgage broker clients, continuing to strive towards improved communication and levels of service. With investment into state-of-the-art technology, ONP is committed to delivering; whilst it already provides some of the fastest conveyancing turn-around times available in the UK, there is still an opportunity to keep making strides.

Jessica Szczelkun says: “The opportunity to join ONP was a really exciting one as I knew the growth curve ONP was on from dealing with them as a panel manager. I could see how forward thinking they are as a business and felt I could be an asset to the team.

“Having worked as a solicitor, a mortgage broker and as a panel manager, I can see things from all sides. I recognise the huge amount of work that goes in from the conveyancing firm, the mortgage adviser and the panel managers and know too well the frustration when things don’t go right or take too long.

“The conveyancing process in general is still a long drawn out process and it is a shared ambition with the board to improve this. ONP’s state-of-the-art technology goes a long way there and I believe it is the most efficient in the UK, but the thing that is really going to make a difference is collaboration between all parties involved in the transaction. My aim is to keep building the relationships that make that possible.”

Andy Scaife, group CEO of ONP adds: “Jessica’s experience and depth of knowledge of both the mortgage market and of the conveyancing process is unrivalled and we are very excited to have her on board. “We believe that she can play a key role in helping us to achieve our ambitious growth plans, which includes becoming the number one conveyancer in the UK both in terms of size and quality of service.”