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5 months ago
Location: Bristol
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: Any or N/A, Post Graduate, Newly Qualified
Contact: Recruitment
Sector: Commercial
Category: Solicitor Jobs

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.

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.

The role will involve:

  • To work in accordance with the requirements of the Trainee Solicitor Programme 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 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 supervisor

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 the 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

Knowledge and Experience Required


  • IT literate and confident using and adapting to new systems and processes
  • Marketing skills
  • Knowledge and experience of social media and networking as a business development tool
  • Ability to recognise when to ask for help


  • Legal Work experience




  • Law Degree (or GDL)
  • Legal Practice Course to be successfully completed prior to the commencement of the training contract

Skills and competencies

Team orientation

  • Ability to operate, with training, the Firm’s software including in particular Word, Excel, Outlook and SOS Connect
  • Ability to work alone and in a team
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload within deadlines set and to the standard required
  • Ability to balance tasks, structure own workload and make the best use of time, resources
  • Ability to meet deadlines set
  • Ability to embrace change and respond to external influences
  • Acceptance of a changing job content
  • Ability to try out new ways of working and willingness to learn new skills
  • Commitment to producing a high quality of work
  • To take pride in the work produced
  • To be productive in the amount of work completed daily and accepting of the longer hours sometimes required to get the job done
  • To show initiative in improving results
  • Ability to be fully engaged without being prompted


  • Ability to convey information accurately and be understood
  • Ability to make fluent and relevant contributions to group discussions
  • To be an effective communicator  with people of all levels
  • Ability to present information internally and externally
  • To be clear and concise in written and oral formats with appropriate language.

People Management

  • To be respectful of all colleagues and Partners at all times

Customer focus

  • To be aware of the need to satisfy the customer – internal and external
  • Ability to respond promptly within agreed service level standards


  • A general awareness of the quality management system
  • Ability to describe the need to apply quality procedures and processes
  • Focus on achieving the task and working to individual and team goals
  • Ability to work calmly and maintain a disciplined approach to the task under the pressure of a deadline and/or changing objectives
  • Ability to take a disciplined and planned approach to task management
  • Ability to identify and define resources required

Problem solving

  • Ability to focus on the detail
  • Ability to provide a methodical, organised and systematic approach to all work cases
  • Ability to seek out relevant information to assist with the decision making
  • Ability to identify various potential outcomes and action
  • Ability to consider and recognise risk areas
  • Ability to identify recurring problems within own area of work and take appropriate action.
  • Use of initiative

This is a full time position.

You will be expected to move offices depending on the seat.

You will be required to work in any office.

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