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6 months ago
Location: Cambridge
Job type: Permanent
Category: Associate Jobs


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The firm

Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and the surrounding areas.

With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We set out to truly understand our clients’ needs and help realise their ambitions.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

Ranked Tier 1 Legal 500 UK 2017 and Top Ranked Chambers, our Family team sits within the firm’s Private Client department (Winner of 'Private Client Firm (Regional) of the Year' - The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards) and is comprised of a team of specialists.

The team is multi-disciplinary, advising clients on matters relating to all aspects of separation and indeed, increasingly pre marriage/relationship matters.Birketts’ family law team appreciate that the breakdown of a marriage or relationship can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life. Our family lawyers are members of Resolution and include accredited specialists, mediators, collaborative practitioners and Family Law Arbitrators who can provide family law advice and support which best suits a client’s particular needs and helps them reach their goals.

Purpose of job

This is a great opportunity to join a growing practice area with an excellent reputation, offering good career prospects for the right candidate. You will be joining an established practice area within the firm, which is highly regarded, very busy and rapidly expanding.

You will primarily provide support to and work closely with a highly experienced senior Family law specialists in our Cambridge office on core areas of family finance and private law children matters, but you will be involved in all aspects of the multi-disciplinary and cross-office Family Team.

Full participation in business development will also be expected, and travel to other locations and offices will also occasionally be required.


* Ensure you are aware of and comply with all information security policies of the organisation relevant to your business role;

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The candidate

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, ambitious, energetic, and must have a genuine interest in Family law. The successful candidate will need to be confident in advising clients directly, as they will be expected to lead on their own matters (with appropriate support and supervision) in addition to providing support on more complex matters led by senior fee earners.

They will also be involved in a range of business development activities, including attending networking and other BD events and writing sector-relevant articles for our own and external publications.

Strong technical drafting, research and communication skills, with good attention to detail and a commercial/pragmatic approach are essential qualities, as is the ability to deliver a strongly client-focussed service, giving clear, timely and practical legal advice on often complex, technical areas of charity law and regulation.

The work involves clients at all level of the privately funded scale and typically medium to HNW. Children issues are often complex with international elements.

A good understanding of prenuptial agreements would assist.

You will be a member of Resolution, with a commitment to all forms of dispute resolution, including collaborative, round table, mediation and arbitration, as well as the traditional court based process.


We are ideally seeking a solicitor of 3 - 5 years’ experience gained within a well-regarded city, regional or national firm, with a well-developed or progressing knowledge of core Family law (i.e. a good understanding of financial remedies, other financial application, prenuptial agreements, private law children and injunctive relief.).

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 any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.

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