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5 months ago
Salary: competitive
Company benefits: Pension scheme, Cycle to work scheme
Location: Bristol
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: Trainee
Contact: Recruitment team
Sector: Family / Matrimonial, Litigation, Residential Conveyancing
Category: Lawyer Jobs, Solicitor Jobs

Barcan+Kirby is a 13-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. We are rated highly by the Legal 500 and are the Bristol Law Society 2015/16 Firm of the Year. 

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone at the start of their legal career, our structured two year training contract provides a positive and stimulating environment. You’ll spend six months in each of our four practice areas – familyconveyancinglitigation and Wills and probate – with support and training from your allocated supervisor.

At the end of each seat, you’ll receive open and honest feedback about your progress to help you develop the skills you need to become a successful solicitor.

At Barcan+Kirby, our trainee solicitors are an important part of our future. The level of responsibility we give to our trainees is high. From day one you’ll be an integral member of the team, doing real work and dealing with real clients.

Your responsibilities will include:


+     To work in accordance with the requirements of the Trainee Solicitor Program at all times

+     To exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner

+     To operate appropriately the Firm’s software systems including Word, Excel, Outlook and SOS Connect

+     To operate at all times in accordance with the Firm’s stated procedures

+     To undertake certain elements of fee earning work as and when required

+     To interview clients, take instructions, identify appropriate funding (including Public Funding where relevant)

+     To keep detailed file notes of instructions received and of advice given  and of any other attendances upon clients and other parties

+     To deal wherever possible with routine client enquiries and communications as directed

+     To maintain file check lists

+     To assist fee earners with research

+     To assist with the computation of schedules of financial loss (CN and PI only)

+     To draft applications to the court and other court documents for approval by the fee earner

+     To trace and interview witnesses. To draft statements

+     To obtain medical records and other records where necessary

+     To deal with letter, fax, email and telephone communications promptly

+     To maintain a good and up to date knowledge of the law and practice

+     To draft letters and other documents

+     To notify a partner/HOD as to any complaints received in respect of work undertaken

+     To attend court to issue claim forms and other legal documents and to assist at trial or other Hearings as and when required

+     To shadow Hearings and attend simple applications before a District Judge in chambers when appropriate

+     To ensure the confidentiality and security of all of the firm’s and client documentation and information

+     To comply with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules and the SRA

+     To maintain clear and precise communications with other personnel of the firm

+     To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations, including Lenders

+     To respond promptly and accurately to requests for information concerning case work from Partners, Supervisors and fee-earner

+     Any other reasonable duties as directed by your Partner/ HOD or superviser.


Secretarial and administrative work


To assist with administrative work as required.  In particular:

+     To prepare trial bundles and manage documents, including, photocopying, compilation of bundles of documents, delivery and collection of documents to court and other parties and collection

+     To maintain file format as directed


Accounts procedures


+     To gain a clear understanding of the Solicitors Accounts Rules and be able to read and interpret matter ledgers using the Firm’s software

+     To assist in the preparation of bills of costs and claims for costs to the Legal Aid Agency when appropriate

+     To obtain payment on account from clients and from the Legal Aid Agency when appropriate

+     To provide the costs draftsperson with all information required for an accurate bill to be drawn up where relevant

+     To request cheques/ Bacs payments and ensure the accounts procedures detailed in the office manual are complied with

+     To obtain Partner/HOD signature to cheques

+     To assist with telegraphic transfers as required

+     To request transfer of money between client and office accounts

+     To refer amendments to cheques and bills to Partners for approval and dealing with the formalities for such amendment

+     To peruse monthly print-outs and take the required action including ensuring that all client money is dealt with appropriately.


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