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This is a fantastic opportunity for a newly qualified lawyer to join our award-winning Clinical Negligence team in Bristol, voted ‘Team of the Year’ by the Bristol Law Society.
The team is top tier ranked in both Chambers and Partners UK and the Legal 500, and several senior members of the team have also been individually recognised by both legal directories for their expertise.
Furthermore, the team comprises Law Society Clinical Negligence Accredited Solicitors and AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence panel members, and all team members are encouraged to work towards panel membership.
You have will have the opportunity to work on a complex caseload on behalf of Claimants, with exposure to high-profile medical negligence claims of maximum severity in a well-resourced and well-supported environment.
You will undertake fee-earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the department in line with the firm’s plans.
Some of the duties you can expect to be involved in are:
Running a caseload of pre-action and litigated cases, and delivering excellent client service
As required, supporting individual members of the team with progressing casework on complex cases of maximum severity
Championing Barcan+Kirby’s values and actively supporting the firm’s objectives
Conducting and assisting fee earners with the conduct of matters on behalf of clients
Interviewing clients, taking instructions and preparing Witness Statements
Maintaining detailed file notes of instructions received, advice given and work carried out
Ensuring all communications are dealt with and maintained in keeping with our case management system
Progressing matters in a proactive, professional and efficient manner with the aim of concluding cases efficiently whilst achieving good outcomes for clients
Carrying out clients' reasonable instructions promptly
Complying with all appropriate pre-litigation protocols
Drafting claims and other court documents.
Attending costs and case management conferences and other court hearings on behalf of clients where appropriate or instructing Counsel to do so
Keeping clients informed as to the progress and anticipated costs of their cases
Obtaining a Partner's written approval before entering any Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with a client, ensuring that the terms of any CFA corresponds with the terms authorised by a Partner and reporting on CFA cases as required.
Complying with the firm's office manual in all respects, e.g. file opening and closing procedure and client care etc.
Selecting, instructing and assessing appropriate experts and Counsel
Advising clients of funding options and ensuring that there is appropriate funding in place in respect of all live client matters, e.g. CFAs, legal expenses insurance, trade union funding, or public funding
Checking all draft documents and checking and signing own post.
To work proactively to maintain or achieve Law Society/AvMA panel membership
Non-fee earning work
Being committed to your personal professional development
Notifying a Partner of any indication of client dissatisfaction or complaint received
Sending reminders to privately fee-paying clients regarding outstanding bills and taking Court action where required to recover amounts due to the firm
Dealing with costs promptly at the conclusion of claims, both for the benefit of the firm and our clients
Participating in team, departmental and office meetings
Bringing examples of colleagues demonstrating the firm’s values to the attention of management and peers
Maintaining an adequate and up-to-date knowledge of the law and practice
Management of support services for which you are responsible, including supervision of your own secretary (if applicable)
Participation in marketing and business development activities
Financial control with particular regard to cash flow control and billing procedures
Bringing any concerns you may have for a colleague’s welfare to the attention of management and peers to ensure that they are supported
Exercising high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner
Ensuring the confidentiality and security of the firm's and clients’ documentation and information
Complying with the Solicitors' Accounts Rules and the Rules on the Professional Conduct of Solicitors
Ensuring good working relationships with external institutions and organisations
Responding promptly and accurately to requests for information concerning case work from Partners and supervisors
Identifying public funding matters and complying with Legal Aid Regulations and the firm's office manual
Any other reasonable duties as directed by your manager
Hours and location
This is a full-time role (office hours are 9am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday)
The role is based at our Queen Square office, with the option to apply for hybrid working upon successful completion of your probation
The ideal candidate
Our ideal candidate will be a qualified Lawyer or FCILEx, with experience in clinical negligence and who is looking to specialise in this area of law.
You will be IT literate and confident using and adapting to new systems and processes. In addition, you will be enthusiastic about business development and eager to use your networking skills.
Our ideal candidate will also have knowledge and experience of social media and networking as a business development tool.
Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and businesses, and as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer.
We pride ourselves on promoting the work/life balance of employees, and encouraging positive wellbeing and mental health is incredibly important to us. We were advocates for flexible working long before the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are fully supportive of hybrid working.
Our core values drive our culture and are at the heart of everything we do, and we are far from being a stuffy, rigid law firm.