Our long-established but progressive client law firm based in Hertford is now seeking a Family Solicitor to join their Family Dept. Their fee earners are all specialists and act for a wide range of commercial, private and public sector clients. They are ranked in Chambers and Legal 500 and accredited as an Investor In People (Gold Award) and hold Lexcel, CQS and WIQS accreditation. Their Family practice area has a strong reputation both locally and further afield. Their aim is to recruit progressive, forward thinking individuals who wish to be part of their growth and who share the same core values.
The purpose of the role is to develop and conduct a caseload of private fee-paying family clients through delivery of a competent family law service and actively seeking opportunities for new work.
The aim is for the successful applicant to start at the beginning of December 2017.
Each member of the team is expected to work together in providing a full service to private family clients.
The successful applicant will report to the Head of the Family Practice Area.
Duties and Responsibilities
Supporting the Firm in meeting its agreed aims, objectives, financial and performance targets in relation to the Family Law team
Supporting the promotion of family client services, growing the client base through the promotion and delivery of an excellent service
Maintaining the highest standards of client service at all times
Contributing ideas to the firm's marketing strategy for winning new work and implementing agreed initiatives
Networking within the local community and with key referral sources in order to develop and maintain a high profile locally for the firm
Organising and delivering training seminars to clients, contacts and colleagues from time to time
Writing articles, blogs and edits for submission to local publications, firm website/newsletter for clients and contacts
Exercising initiative and be proactive in the business development of the firm generally
Handling Family Law matters from the initial client contact through to completion
Providing accurate Family Law advice to clients whilst developing your own client base by conducting meetings, researching legal points and advising on legal issues
Locating and instructing Counsel and experts and other relevant professionals and third parties
Finding an appropriate solution for prospective Family Law clients and convert into new business for the firm
Handling privately funded caseload of private law work including Divorce, Finances, Separation, Injunctions, Civil Partnerships, Cohabitation Disputes, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Children Act work
Person Specification Education/Qualifications
A qualified and practicing Family Solicitor or Legal Executive
Evidence of continuing professional development in Family Law
Trained Mediator would be an advantage
Member of Resolution would be an advantage
Knowledge and Experience
8+ years PQE in private practice, and in particular cases involving Divorce, Finances, Separation, Injunctions, Civil Partnerships, Cohabitation Disputes, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements and Children Act work, ideally for medium to high net worth individuals.
Experience of business development
Knowledge of the local marketplace and business and networking opportunities
Abilities & Skills
Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular an ability to develop a relationship of trust with clients and colleagues alike
Well-developed IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
Ability to draft letters and documents to a high standard and with attention to detail
Strong organisational skills
Strong verbal communicator
Ability to supervise junior members of the team
Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding of clients' needs
Ability to use initiative to seek opportunities to raise the firm's profile and to recognise new business opportunities
Ability to deal with a large volume of work, managing conflicting priorities whilst ensuring that every job is handled with the highest levels of accuracy and care
An effective team player, combined with an ability to work under own initiative
A team player who can demonstrate leadership to others in the team
Capable of using diplomacy, tact and sensitivity when dealing with others
Genuine interest in and commitment to working to a high professional ethical standard
High degree of personal integrity and commitment to fairness, diversity and equality
Hours: 9-5.15 Mon – Thurs – 9-5pm Fri : Start Date: Beg Dec 2017 Salary : £Attractive + Pension Hols: 25 + Bank Holidays
Legals 4 Lawyers will try and respond to all applications within 72 hours. However, we experience high volumes of applications and if you have not heard from us within this period of time, unfortunately your application will not have been successful. Thank you and good luck.