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My client is a well-established full service law firm based in modern offices in an attractive market town.
The firm has a strong reputation in its local area as well as the surrounding county and offers its employees a flexible working environment where hybrid home and office working is encouraged.
An opportunity has arisen within the firm’s busy Commercial Property team and would suit a solicitor or legal executive with at least five years post qualification experience in Real Estate. The work is good quality and varied and so experience in (inter alia) drafting and negotiating commercial leases, development agreements, acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold properties and property portfolio management would be useful.
The firm offers an attractive salary and benefits package and a strong collegiate working culture.
For more information on this exceptional opportunity or for general career advice in the strictest of confidence, please contact me, Jane Marshall at VG CHARLES &CO on 0121********* or mail *************@vgcharles.com
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Why use VG CHARLES &CO?
There are literally hundreds of recruiters out there all claiming to be the best – at VG CHARLES &CO we make some fairly simple and straightforward claims. We NEVER lose sight of the fact that our candidates and clients are people and not commodities. We are in recruitment because we want to improve lives not just change them for the sake of it. We are here for the long haul and hope to be able to advise you not just over months but over years.
We are staffed by lawyers and non-lawyers alike all sharing our passion to get things right and all having gone through rigorous training and development to ensure we are always able to help and offer pragmatic and non-patronising advice. We are happy to talk even when there is absolutely no chance of a fee as we think that is the right thing to do.
We aim to give all of our candidates an edge by giving them every legitimate help that we can – to ensure that in the current competitive environment our candidates are the best prepared and researched. Having been established for nearly a decade we are proud to have staff with a wealth of experience in top end legal recruitment which helped countless candidates through the recession of the early ‘90s. All of them genuinely care about the people they represent.
This is a cross section of some of the comments we have received:
“I have known Jane for a number of years now. She has never been pushy or simply interested in placing me in the first available job. Instead, she has focused on finding the right job for me, at the right time for me. I would recommend Jane to anyone.”
“Tony has done an excellent job throughout. He is professional, courteous and thorough.”
“Andrew was a pleasure to deal with completely professional from start to finish. He has been supportive, encouraging and did not attempt to pressure me in any way. I would not hesitate in recommending him to my colleagues and peers. Many thanks for your help!”
Legal associates have the status of entry-level to mid-level attorneys. They conduct research for different client cases to give them the right advice. They full-fledged manage the cases, prepare and review the legal documents and make sure that all the legal evidence is gathered prior to a court hearing. They also guide the legal assistants when and if required.
Most employers ask for the GCSEs, A-levels, and an LLM or similar degree for legal associate jobs. If you have experience in managing varied caseloads, it is likely to give your profile an added advantage. Based on the specialist area, you will need relevant experience be it financial crime, personal injury, or real estate law.
The average per annum legal associate salary varies depending on the factors like the employer, experience, and the specialist area. Legal associates with significant work experience are paid more than the ones that have recently started working. If you are a hard worker and have excellent legal reasoning skills, you can excel in this role and make pretty good money.
A legal associate is an attorney at a junior or a senior level in the firm but doesn’t have the ownership. Entry-level associates are usually the recent law graduates doing their first year of practice, while the senior level associates can have 3-5 years of experience. For exploring law jobs by sought-after UK law firms, try Simply Law Jobs!
Usually, an associate has to work six-nine years in a law firm before getting entitled to the partnership rank. There are many factors that determine whether the associate will become a partner or not, like the kind of client base, legal insight, and the ability to fit well in a firm and contribute towards its growth.
Legal associates have to ensure that all the client cases they are handling are being managed in a professional and efficient manner. They are involved in conducting legal research, devising and implementing litigation strategies. They also supervise the legal assistants and paralegals. They are required to obtain the evidence for cases using appropriate power and tools and draft all forms of documents and correspondence with the witnesses, subjects, and their legal representatives. Doing a detailed analysis of complex evidence is in the legal associate job description. The associates have to build and maintain good relationships with colleagues that are in other business areas within the firm.
The routine responsibilities of legal associates include handling the client cases from scratch till they are finished. They have to provide the clients with all the legal advice and assistance regarding their cases. They make sure that the legal documents are drafted in a meticulous manner and there is nothing important missing ahead of the court hearing. The junior associates can be asked to update the senior associates about the progress of a case and seek their consultancy in a matter. They have to work on the litigation strategies and provide assistance to the legal assistants when and if they ask for it.
Legal reasoning skills are a must for the role as without them preparing legal documents, conducting research and overall handling client cases can turn out to be a daunting endeavour. Critical and analytical thinking will help with evaluating the evidence. Decision-making and problem-solving skills are also required for the position to come up with solutions quickly. The job can be stressful at times, so the ability to work under pressure is needed. Effective communication and legal English skills are essential for the role. Your dream job in the UK’s law industry can be a click away, check Simply Law Jobs for the latest legal associate listings!