Solicitor - Civil Liberties

Reference Code:

WPRSOL

Location:

Wigan Investment Centre

Closing date:

Close of business on Friday 3rd February 2017

Main purpose of the job: 

Providing advice, assistance and representation to clients in relation to complaints and civil damages claims against the police and other public bodies. Advocacy before the Court.  Progression of own case load on profitable and efficient basis, appropriate practice development activities and undertaking delegated tasks from the Team Leader. 

Responsible to:

Department Manager and Actions Against Public Bodies Team Leader/Supervising Solicitor.

Main key result areas

  • Attending and advising clients, drafting appropriate and thorough attendance notes, maintaining organised files, preparation of written advice and letters before claim.
  • Drafting of documents relating to court proceedings, undertaking ongoing risk assessments and management of files.
  • Preparation of case action plans and execution of same or appropriate delegation to junior members of staff under supervision.
  • Representing clients before relevant Courts and attendance at Court with Counsel in civil proceedings before appropriate courts including the County Court, High Court (including Judicial Review proceedings), the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court if applicable.
  • Responding to post, telephone enquires and queries from clients, other professionalsexperts, colleagues and the Legal Aid Agency in order to progress cases effectively and efficiently.
  • Liaison with Team Leader/Supervising Solicitor/Department Manager on progression of matters and delegated tasks, working in an efficient and profitable way to maximise department profit contribution to firm.
  • Instruction of Counsel as appropriate to advise, appear, represent or review issues on behalf of client. Providing further information or material as requested.
  • Managing a case load, including a full risk assessment of all matters, whilst complying with Legal Aid Franchising criteria/Law Society/Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules and work type procedures whilst undertaking ongoing risk assessment and managing clients’ expectations effectively.
  • Control and management of Work in Progress ensuring that it is recorded and converted into paid Profit Costs effectively and efficiently.
  • Effective Management of own time, ensuring that nonchargeable and chargeable hours targets are achieved.
  • Delegating and supervising work undertaken by others ensuring that the work on the file is carried out at the right level, thus maximising profitability and assisting the development of other staff (such as clerks and Trainee Solicitors etc).
  • To attend training courses/meetings as required to ensure that you achieve the necessary compliance with the SRA’s Competency Standards for Solicitors.  To achieve, by the required date, any other objectives necessary in order to maintain your Practicing Certificate.  To ensure that you keep abreast of all relevant legislation and developments.
  • Ensuring that disbursements and debtors in the case load are managed in order to reduce the financial exposure of the Firm.
  • To actively seek marketing opportunities ensuring opportunities are referred to the Team Leader and to assist in work type marketing initiatives with a view to achieving objectives.  To seek opportunities to cross refer work within the firm.
  • Compliance with Client Care and Complaints Procedures in order to minimise the risk of negligence and comply with Law Society and SRA Rules.
  • To actively promote the Stephensons Brand at all times.
  •  Authorised to undertake such work which may be specified against his or her name.

Person specification

Qualifications

 

Qualified Solicitor 

  Essential 

Current Practicing certificate

Essential

Relevant Course completion in area

Desirable

Experience

 

Previous case load experience

Essential

Knowledge of work type (particularly civil actions against the police and public bodies, human rights, data protection and judicial review)

Essential

Good computer literacy across a range of programs

Essential

Advocacy experience

Essential

Knowledge of and experience in Legal Aid Agency funding schemes and Conditional Fee Agreements

Essential

Experience of supervising staff

Desirable

Knowledge and skills

 

Effective working and awareness of profitability issues

Essential

Solicitors Accounts Rules

Essential

Professional Conduct Rules

Essential

Stephensons Client Complaints Rules and Client Care Procedures

Essential

Knowledge of Legal Aid Agency contract specification

Essential

Case Management Systems

Essential

Relevant up to date knowledge of legislation and case law

Essential

IT literacy

Essential

Adaptability and flexibility

Essential

Time management skills

Essential

Organisational skills

Essential

Ability to consider and extrapolate relevant issues

Essential

Ability to work as part of a team or under delegated tasks reporting directly to Team Leader/Supervising Solicitor/Department Manager

Essential

Ability to manage time effectively and work efficiently

Essential

Personality / Other Qualities

 

Discretion and ability to work in a confidential work environment under pressure

Essential

Ability to work amidst frequent interruptions

Essential

Team Working

Essential

Working under time orientated pressure

Essential

Ability to analyse issues and identify key points; providing a detailed case action plan and reporting back to Team Leader as appropriate

Essential

Approachable, patient, polite and able to respond to difficult situations acting in a calm, professional manner and managing client expectations

Essential

Confidence in own abilities

Essential

Business acumen

Essential

Car Driver 

Essential

If you are interested in this position please complete our online application form or contact our HR department. Please do not send enquiries to the department manager of the specific team.