Solicitor - Family

Reference Code:

SOLDIV

Location:

Wigan

Main purpose of the job:

To advise and assist clients with legal problems. Negotiating and advising on financial settlements and representing clients in financial settlements.

Responsible to:

Partner and department manager

Main key result areas

  • Attending and advising clients in divorce and financial settlement
  • Managing a case load including a full risk assessment of all matters
  • Providing legal services to clients whilst maintaining standards associated with the Law Society and SRA rules, Lexcel quality/practice management standards, Legal aid franchising requirements and worktype/office procedures
  • Ensuring that all funding options for a case are fully researched and the most effective method of funding utilised
  • Responding to post, telephone enquiries and queries from clients, other professionals/experts and colleagues in order to progress cases effectively and efficiently
  • Drafting and preparing court documents
  • Control and management of work in progress ensuring that it is recorded and converted to paid profit costs and that fee targets are met
  • Effective management of own time, ensuring that non chargeable and chargeable hours targets are met
  • Delegate effectively and efficiently, ensuring that work on the file is carried out at the right level, thus maximising profitability and assisting in the development of other staff
  • Ensuring that disbursements and debtors in the case load are managed in order to reduce the financial exposure of the firm
  • Compliance with client care and complaints procedures in order to minimise the risk of negligence and comply with Law Society Rules.
  • Report any potential errors/negligence matters to the work type managing partner as soon as the risk is apparent
  • Undertake practice development with a view to identifying new sources of work
  • Actively seek opportunities to cross refer work within the firm and to carry out cross referrals at the earliest possible time
  • Actively promote Stephensons brand at all times
  • Undertake the above in accordance with the firm’s equality and diversity policy

Direct reports:

None

Person specification

Qualifications

 

Degree and LPC

Essential

Qualified solicitor

Essential

Experience

 

Experience on negotiating and advising on financial settlement in divorce cases

Essential

Experience in all aspects of private paying family work

Essential

Experience of managing a case load

Essential

Knowledge and skills

 

Excellent IT and keyboard skills

Essential

Good working knowledge of Solicitors Accounts Rules

Essential

Time management/organisational skills

Essential

Demonstrates strong advocacy skills

Essential

A working knowledge of case management systems

Desirable

Personality / Other Qualities

 

Able to demonstrate an interest in developing in this area of law

Essential

Keen to take an active part in marketing and development

Essential

Ability to be flexible to suit the needs of the department

Essential

Discretion and ability to work in a confidential environment

Essential

Pleasant, approachable, patient and polite

Essential

Ability to remain calm under pressure

Essential

Thrives on challenge

Essential

Committed and hard working

Essential

Please do not send enquiries to the department manager of the specific team.