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Trainee Solicitor


BARCAN AND KIRBY
Location: Bristol
Job type: Temporary
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: Any or N/A
Contact: Hr & Recruitment Team
Sector: Commercial, Private Client, Litigation, Family, Residential Conveyancing
Category: Solicitor Jobs
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Trainee Solicitor 

Full details of the training contract are available on our website.  

The Training programme application closed on the 31st January 2020, with the start date being September 2020. 

Can be required to work at any of our six offices.

At Barcan+Kirby our trainee solicitors are an important part of our future. Trainees are given an advanced level of responsibility from day one. We consider our trainees to be integral members of our teams, undertaking real work for real clients from the outset. 

 Trainees are supported and supervised by a number of individuals throughout the contract; many of whom are leading practitioners in their field.

At the end of the contract, we hope to provide qualified roles to all of our trainees where possible. Our commitment to developing talent does not end on qualification. As a firm, we have a number of further develop opportunities such as our Associates Academy and Staff Development Programmes that provide you with an opportunity to progress through the firm.

Job Summary

To gain experience and knowledge within four separate seats. At least three seats must be completed from the core

department list below. The fourth seat will either be a core seat or an elective seat as listed below, dependent on business need:

+ Core seat: Family, Residential Conveyancing. Private Client and Litigation

+ Elective seat: Personal and Medical Injuries, Corporate Commercial, Commercial Property and Court of Protection

Key responsibilities

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, and 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 supervisor.

Specifically, the Trainee Solicitor may not sign post or give any undertakings on behalf of the firm unless given specific authority to do so by a HOD or Partner.

Secretarial and administrative work

To assist with administrative work as required. In particular:

+ Preparing trial bundles and 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 printouts and take the required action including ensuring that all client money is dealt with appropriately

Knowledge + Experience

IT literate and confident using and adapting to new systems and processes

 Marketing and business development skills

 Knowledge and experience of social media and networking

 Ability to recognise when to ask for help

Qualifications 

Law Degree (or GDL)

 Legal Practice Course to be successfully completed prior to the commencement of the training contract

Skills + Competencies

Ability to operate, with training, the Firm’s software including in particular Word, Excel, Outlook and SOS Connect

 Ability to work on your own and within a team

Ability to organise and prioritise workload within deadlines set and to the standard required.

To apply for a 2020 training contract, you must be able to attend an interview and assessment centre on either 24th or 25th February 2020 at our Queen Square office.

Full details available on our website

Trainee Solicitor 

Full details of the training contract are available on our website.  

The Training programme application closed on the 31st January 2020, with the start date being September 2020. 

Can be required to work at any of our six offices.

At Barcan+Kirby our trainee solicitors are an important part of our future. Trainees are given an advanced level of responsibility from day one. We consider our trainees to be integral members of our teams, undertaking real work for real clients from the outset. 

 Trainees are supported and supervised by a number of individuals throughout the contract; many of whom are leading practitioners in their field.

At the end of the contract, we hope to provide qualified roles to all of our trainees where possible. Our commitment to developing talent does not end on qualification. As a firm, we have a number of further develop opportunities such as our Associates Academy and Staff Development Programmes that provide you with an opportunity to progress through the firm.

Job Summary

To gain experience and knowledge within four separate seats. At least three seats must be completed from the core

department list below. The fourth seat will either be a core seat or an elective seat as listed below, dependent on business need:

+ Core seat: Family, Residential Conveyancing. Private Client and Litigation

+ Elective seat: Personal and Medical Injuries, Corporate Commercial, Commercial Property and Court of Protection

Key responsibilities

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, and 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 supervisor.

Specifically, the Trainee Solicitor may not sign post or give any undertakings on behalf of the firm unless given specific authority to do so by a HOD or Partner.

Secretarial and administrative work

To assist with administrative work as required. In particular:

+ Preparing trial bundles and 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 printouts and take the required action including ensuring that all client money is dealt with appropriately

Knowledge + Experience

IT literate and confident using and adapting to new systems and processes

 Marketing and business development skills

 Knowledge and experience of social media and networking

 Ability to recognise when to ask for help

Qualifications 

Law Degree (or GDL)

 Legal Practice Course to be successfully completed prior to the commencement of the training contract

Skills + Competencies

Ability to operate, with training, the Firm’s software including in particular Word, Excel, Outlook and SOS Connect

 Ability to work on your own and within a team

Ability to organise and prioritise workload within deadlines set and to the standard required.

To apply for a 2020 training contract, you must be able to attend an interview and assessment centre on either 24th or 25th February 2020 at our Queen Square office.

Full details available on our website

Apply

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