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3 months ago
Williamsons Solicitors
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Category: Solicitor Jobs
Job description – Solicitor
Responsible for meeting and interviewing of clients to establish the firm's suitability
to provide the necessary advice and services, based on the firm’s specialism and likely
cost;

Taking a client’s instructions;

Advising a client on the law and legal issues relating to their case;

Drafting documents, letters and contracts tailored to the client’s individual needs;

Negotiating with clients and other professionals to secure agreed objectives;

Researching and analysing documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice
and procedure;

Supervising the implementation of agreements;

Coordinating the work of all parties involved;

Corresponding with clients and opposing solicitors;

Attending meetings and negotiations with opposing parties;

Acting on behalf of clients in disputes and representing them in court, if necessary;

Instructing barristers or specialist advocates to appear in court for the client in
complex disputes;

Preparing papers for court;

Working in a team, sometimes referring cases to the head of department;

Supervising and delegating work to trainee solicitors, paralegals and legal secretaries
as appropriate;

Arranging and attending further client meetings where necessary to progress with the
case and finalise documentation;

Checking all documentation prior to signing and implementing;

Calculating claims for damages, compensation, maintenance, etc.;

Administrative duties, for example completing time sheets so that charges for work
can be calculated, billing clients for work done on their behalf;

Taking referrals from other firms of solicitors when a conflict of interest arises, or if
they have no specialist practitioner available;

Keeping up to date with changes and developments in the law by reading journals and
law reports;

Undertaking a range of continuing professional development (CPD) activities
throughout their career.

Respond quickly and efficiently to all client’s needs and requests.

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Person specification–Solicitor Skills

An admitted Solicitor, ILEX, and Licensed Conveyancer must possess negotiating
and advocacy skills. An excellent ability to follow good practice and procedure with
particular reference to the specialist area of law is required. Essential qualities are
good communicator with clients, professional colleagues and all persons working
within the firm at all levels. Good administrative skills and the ability to follow
department’s and the firm’s administrative procedures is required. It is expected that
you will positively contribute to your own department’s and the firm’s continued
expansion and be an active participant in all departmental meetings. . It is anticipated
that to be employed in this role you would be able to show that you possess the
following characteristics: -

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;

Dedication and commitment;

Commercial awareness;

Analytical skills;

Accuracy and attention to detail;

Negotiating skills;

The ability to plan work and prioritise tasks;

Time-management skills;

Interpersonal skills

The potential to lead and delegate responsibility;

Flexibility and openness to new ideas;

IT skills;

A professional approach to work, integrity and a respect for confidentiality

Experience

The admitted Solicitor, ILEX, and Licensed Conveyancer will possess a good
working knowledge of their relevant area of law. They will be expected to attend all
relevant courses and independent training courses, to be approved by the Supervising
Director, in order to increase and maintain their knowledge of personal injury claims
and directly related matters.

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