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Our Solicitors are very important to us which is why we invest in them to help them be the best lawyers they can be. We are now looking to add to our team of talented lawyers and have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic Private Client Solicitor to join our team on a part time basis. Please see below for more details about the role. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role in more detail before applying, please call us on 01270 868 373 and ask to speak to our Practice Manager Becky Spall.

We are a boutique private client law firm based in Cheshire. We have a modern approach to providing legal services whilst maintaining a traditional approach to client care. We operate a ‘virtual’ law firm where staff work from home and we operate a paperless office using case management systems and cloud based storage.

Client service is our number one priority and we are focused on offering exceptional levels of service to our clients. We believe the legal profession is just that, a profession and it is not an ‘industry’ where clients are there to be processed. We are committed to offering a ‘personal approach’ and every client is assigned their own solicitor that will work with them from the outset until the conclusion of their matter whenever they instruct our firm.

A significant portion of our client base is made up of high net worth clients and we deal with a wide variety of matters from traditional straightforward wills to complex international estate planning. Our client base includes business owners and professionals including fellow solicitors.

We are also passionate about supporting our local community and we donate a portion of our profits to good causes. We support a number of local charities and all our staff members are encouraged to volunteer for charity.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven Solicitor to join our firm. We are committed to excellence and we are looking for someone who shares our ethos about delivering exceptional levels of client care. We want someone who understands the value of professional organisations such as the Law Society and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP).

The ideal candidate will be experienced in managing a full range of private client work and will be committed to growing the business and their own career development. Ideally, you will be a full member of STEP or willing to work towards this. You will have connections with other professional advisors and be able to utilise them to develop new work. IT and technology should be seen as tools that are there to enhance your ability to carry out your role rather than a necessary evil.

Qualifications

You will be a Solicitor (England and Wales) with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience although previous experience (e.g. as a paralegal) will be taken into account. Ideally you will be STEP qualified and you will have practical experience in the following areas:

  • Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Inheritance Tax planning

Attributes

  • A positive can do attitude
  • Personable
  • Business minded
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent IT skills and ideally have experience of using a case management system
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Committed to providing an exceptional level of service to clients
  • Desire to continue to develop professionally, for example by becoming a TEP
  • Must be able to drive and have own vehicle available for business use to visit clients

You will manage your own caseload covering a full range of private client work including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Estate Administration. You will provide support to the managing director on complex matters such as international estate planning and cross border probate matters.

Part of our ethos is that clients have their own solicitor and you will therefore be responsible for managing the relationship with your clients from the very start of their journey with us. You will become their point of contact whenever they instruct our firm or if they require recommendations for other professional services.

You will be expected to build and maintain relationships with other professionals such as solicitors, accountants and financial advisors. This is a key part of your role and every member of staff is expected to play their part in generating new business through networking and other means.

Financial

  • Working commitment of two days per week (with the potential to increase working hours in the future)
  • Salary of £28,000 to £35,000 (full time equivalent) pro-rata depending on experience
  • Generous bonus structure linked to individual performance, business generation and the overall growth of the business
  • Training allowance to help you to progress in your role and develop a specialism in a niche practice area
  • 5% pension contribution
  • Free introductory meeting with a financial advisor
  • Discounts on our legal services for you and your family

Holidays

  • 30 days holiday (including bank holidays) pro-rata with holiday allowance increasing with length of service
  • 4 paid days per year to volunteer with charities and community organisations
  • Guaranteed days off on your birthday and your children’s birthdays

Career progression

  • Opportunity to develop an area of interest and specialism
  • Opportunity to develop and manage referral relationships
  • Funding is available for STEP courses and other specialist qualifications
  • Comprehensive training package

Interesting and rewarding work

  • We deal with cross border matters and high net worth clients on a regular basis
  • Our work is varied and includes advising business owners and vulnerable clients
  • In many cases we act for different generations of the same family

Supportive culture

  • Our value is in our people and each and every person is important for the success of our business
  • Regular supervision and personal development meetings with the managing director
  • Regular team meetings for business development
  • Open door policy where issues can be raised
  • We are always looking for ways to improve and so we encourage our staff to contribute their ideas to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the firm

Flexible working

  • Work from home as standard
  • Office spaces available but no requirement to work in an office
  • Paper light office (paperless as far as we can be)

To apply for the role, please email your CV and covering letter to our Practice Manager Becky Spall at becky.spall@spallclark.co.uk.