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about 1 month ago
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Location: Bristol
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 1, PQE 2, PQE 3, PQE 4, PQE 5
Contact: HR and Recruitment Team
Sector: Clinical Negligence
Category: Lawyer Jobs

We are looking for a Claimant Clinical Negligence Lawyer / Solicitor / FCILEx to join our Clinical Negligence Team based in our Queens Square office on a full time basis. The role will involve undertaking fee-earning work and providing a profitable contribution to the work of the department and to ensure the successful development of the firm in line with the firm’s plans.

Barcan+Kirby is a 17-partner firm of solicitors with a reputation for providing high quality, common sense advice. We offer a comprehensive range of legal services supported by our culture of respect and understanding.

From our six offices located across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, our friendly and approachable teams provide advice and guidance to both individuals and businesses within the South West and nationwide.

Fee earning work:-

  • Conduct of matters on behalf of clients.

  • Assisting fee earners with the conduct of matters on behalf of clients.

  • Interviewing clients, taking instructions, preparing Witness Statements.

  • Maintaining detailed file notes of instructions received, advice given, and work carried out.  Ensuring all emails and electronic communications are maintained in keeping with our case management system.

  • Progressing matters in a pro-active, professional and efficient manner with the aim of concluding cases efficiently whilst achieving good outcomes for clients.

  • Carrying out clients’ reasonable instructions promptly.

  • Complying with all appropriate pre-litigation protocols.

  • Drafting claims and other Court documents.

  • Attending case management conferences and other Court hearings on behalf of clients where appropriate or instructing Counsel to do so.

  • Keeping clients informed as to the progress of their cases and as to current and anticipated costs at least every six months.

  • Obtaining a partner’s written approval, using the appropriate internal forms, before entering any Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with a client on the firm’s behalf and ensuring that the terms of any CFA corresponds with the terms authorized by a partner and reporting on CFA cases as required by internal procedures.

  • Complying with the firm’s office manual in all respects, e.g. file opening procedure, file organisation, client care, key dates and file closing procedure etc.

  • Selecting, instructing, and assessing appropriate experts and Counsel in accordance with the firm’s documented policy and procedures.

  • Advising clients of funding options and ensuring that there is appropriate funding in place in respect of all live client matters, e.g. CFA, legal expenses insurance, trade union funding, or public funding as appropriate.

  • Dealing with emails, fax and telephone communications, and all other correspondence promptly.

  • Checking all draft documents, and checking and signing own post.

Non-fee earning work:-

  • Notifying partner of any complaint received regarding work undertaken or service delivery.

  • Sending reminders to privately fee-paying clients regarding outstanding bills and taking Court action where required to recover amounts due to the firm.

  • Dealing with costs promptly at the conclusion of claims, both for the benefit of the firm and our clients.

  • Participating in team, departmental and office meetings.

  • Maintaining an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice.

  • Management of support services for which you are responsible, including supervision of your own secretary (if applicable).  

  • Participation in marketing activities whether on a firm-wide, departmental or office basis.

  • Financial control with particular regard to cash flow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures.

  • AT all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner.

  • Ensure the confidentiality and security of all of the firm’s and client documentation and information.

  • Comply with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules and the Rules on the Professional Conduct of Solicitors.

  • Maintain clear and precise communications with other personnel of the firm.

  • Ensuring good working relationships with external institutions and organisations.

  • Responding promptly and accurately to requests for information concerning case work from partners and supervisors.

  • Identifying public funding matters and complying at all times with Legal Aid Regulations and the firm’s office manual so far as it relates to publicly funded matters.

  • Any other reasonable duties as directed by your manager.

Accounts procedures:-

  • Assisting in the preparation of bills of costs and claims for costs to the Legal Aid Agency.

  • Obtaining the approval of accounts of all bills/claims prepared.

  • Obtaining payment on account from clients and from the Legal Aid Agency.

  • Providing cost draftsmen with all information required for an accurate bill to be drawn up.

  • Requesting cheques and obtaining partner’s signature to cheques.

  • Notifying accounts of incoming telegraphic transfers, making requests for telegraphic transfers by telephone, notifying accounts of telegraphic transfers by telephone, preparing written request for telegraphic transfer for accounts.

  • Counting money received from clients as petty cash payments in.

  • Requesting transfer of money between client and office accounts.

  • Referring amendments to cheques and bills to partners for approval and dealing with the formalities for such amendment.

  • Perusing weekly and monthly reports and taking the required action including ensuring that all client money is placed on deposit where required.

  • Sending copies of public funding certificates received to accounts and at all times ensuring that accounts are aware that a matter is a publicly funded matter.

  • Any other reasonable duties as directed by your manager.

We offer all staff a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • 25 days holiday (increasing to 28)
  • Holiday purchase scheme available – up to 5 days (pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • Personal pension plan – matched contribution of 4.5%
  • Death in service benefit of 4x salary
  • Discretionary profit and performance-related bonus
  • Discounted legal services
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Season ticket loans and Cycle to Work scheme
  • Annual flu jab vouchers
  • Summer and Christmas socials
  • Long service awards – after 10 years and every 5 years thereafter

Full time / Part-time / Flexible working considered.

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