Assistant Family Solicitor

Bristol South and West of England & Wales - Legal
19 Mar 2017
18 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
This firm is one of the oldest established law firms in West Sussex. Some of their clients families have been with the firm for several generations. They have a fantastic reputation for results and service, and their roots are firmly in the local communities they serve.

There are plenty of technically competent lawyers, but there are few that offer the level of care and personal attention they do.
They are an excellent firm to work for with a dynamic and happy workforce.

- To promote the services of the Family/Matrimonial Department at Storrington and Billingshurst, and to build a caseload of such work at those offices;

- To manage all client work allocated by the Head of Department in accordance with the detailed procedures and quality standards contained in the firm’s Office Manual;

- To ensure that all client work is progressed expeditiously and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and on costs;

- At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner;

- To comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules, and the Solicitors Code of Conduct at all times;

- To ensure that all correspondence and enquiries are dealt with correctly and in a timely manner.

- To ensure the confidentiality and security of all the firm’s and clients’ documentation and information;

- To achieve agreed levels of billing targets;

- In close liaison with the Accounts Department, to have overall responsibility for credit control on own matters;

- To introduce clients to other fee earners, as appropriate;

- To provide support to other staff and Partners as required;

- To maintain clear and precise communication with other personnel within the firm;

- To ensure good working relation ships with external institutions and organisations;

- To supervise, support and develop other members within the Department;

- To develop and maintain the system of precedents to assist all fee earners;

- In conjunction with the firm, to comply with the relevant training requirements of the Law Society and to assist with in-house training as may be required;

- To be active in promoting the services of the firm and its image and ethos;

- To collect all outstanding disbursements as soon as feasible and to bill promptly;

3.20 To be aware of constantly changing market conditions, new technology and analyse work practices thoroughly;

- To provide guidance to junior and temporary staff when required.

- To attend clients, both in person and on the telephone and to provide such support in a professional and friendly manner, in line with the firm’s standards of client care, and keeping written record of any such attendance;

- To do everything possible to promote the firm within the local community and in particular, to work closely and liaise with local estate agents and other professional s to win new clients;

- To undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall, to have a responsibility for self-development;

- Admission to the Solicitor’s Roll;

- 3 - 10 years post admission experience in work area;

- Preferably, good knowledge of Database, Word and Excel;

- A pleasant but assertive manner in dealing with colleagues and clients; tact and resilience are essential qualities;

- To be an effective communicator, both orally and in writing, having a good command of the English language;

- Personally, efficient and well organised, with good control of diary and time management;

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