Vacancy – Family Law Solicitor

Vacancy – Family Law Solicitor

We currently have a vacancy for a full time or part time Solicitor, depending on experience, within our Family team. The successful applicant will have at least 1-year post qualification experience, have strong organisational and interpersonal skills, and be able to create and maintain strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

The position is based at our Ipswich office and the full-time hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm, with one hour for lunch, Monday to Friday.

For further details please see the job description and person specification below.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, stating your salary expectations, to Mary Canning, HR Officer, by email to:

Job Description

Job Title: Solicitor Job Title: Solicitor

Accountable To: Family Team Manager

1 Job Purpose

To service the legal needs of clients and carry on fee-earning work in accordance with the Office Manual and Professional Rules.

2 Primary Responsibilities

2.1 Conscientiously to carry out the duties of a fee earner as summarised in the Office Manual and as required by the Partners, including the requirements for case management, file maintenance, contact with clients, and following office procedures.

2.2 To provide appropriate, accurate, sound, competent and timely legal advice in the areas of family and matrimonial law, both to clients and in support of the work of other staff, meeting the firm’s quality standards for client care and professional advice.

2.3 To understand and exercise the obligations relating to clients’ monies and ensure that fee earning work and billing complies with the Solicitor’s Accounts Rules and with the firm’s financial guidelines and limits.

2.4 To plan and organise use of time, support staff and resources so as to operate cost-effectively and to make all reasonable efforts to achieve objectives, targets and budgets agreed with the firm.

2.5 To supervise the work of support staff and ensure that the quality of their work meets the firm’s standards and requirements. Also to support and develop the secretary in order that she has the skills necessary to carry out her responsibilities.

2.6 To support the firm’s marketing and client development initiatives, including taking active steps to ensure that clients are aware of the various types of legal work carried on by the practice.

2.7 To develop and maintain good working relationships with external institutions etc and sources of client referrals.

2.8 To maintain a familiarity with the Office Manual and actively to support the firm’s quality policy by complying with the requirements of the office manual.

2.9 To undertake any other duties which from time to time may be allocated and to undertake any specific training as required by the Managing Partner.

NOTE:  This is a description of principal duties and responsibilities and is not exhaustive.  Alterations or additions may be made from time to time but such amendments will only be incorporated following discussion between the firm and the job holder.

Person Specification

Skills & experience:

• Experience in Family Law matters.
• IT skills including competence using M/S Outlook email/diary software and ideally digital dictation software.
• Organised approach to managing a full workload, with attention to detail and the ability to produce accurate work to deadlines.
• Able to communicate clearly in writing and orally.
• A flexible approach to work and able to work in a team.

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