Solicitor, Family Law (2/3 years experience)
A Solicitor with the firm will be expected to assist in the provision of legal services and the giving of legal advice to clients of the firm to the highest standard.
- Adhere to Blackadders policies and procedures and Law Society of Scotland Regulations, including Money Laundering, etc
- Researching and analysing information, including, legal documents, as relevant to the matter in hand.
- To keep fully up-to-date with and to comply with the solicitors rules of conduct
- Manage your work as a team player.
- Deliver high quality client advice.
- Manage resources and time recording processes effectively to maximise the profitability of your work and have highly developed organisational skills.
- Where appropriate, to have a good knowledge of the public funding system
- Liaising with outside agencies;
- Delegating work to junior and trainee solicitors, paralegals and legal secretaries as appropriate;
- Calculating claims for maintenance and financial provision,
- Attending meetings with opposing parties;
- Corresponding with clients and opposing solicitors;
- Taking the clients’ instructions;
- Meeting and interviewing clients to establish the firm's suitability to provide the necessary advice and services;
- Explaining the firm’s fees to clients;
- Advising clients on legal issues;
- Researching and analysing information, including statements, legal documents and local authority reports, as relevant to the matter in hand;
- Instructing and meeting with advocates and expert witnesses,
- Preparing papers;
- Working in a team within the firm, sometimes referring files to colleagues;
- Making cross referrals to colleagues – for example, a family law solicitor will work with a conveyancing solicitor on the sale of a matrimonial home in the case of a divorce;
- To keep fully up-to-date with the relevant areas of law and practice.
- To meet agreed fee earning targets and agreed goals.
- Represent Blackadders and manage client and referral relationships to develop business for the firm.
- Develop clients.
- Work well under pressure.
- To attend external and/or internal training courses as appropriate
- Keep CPD records up to date and comply with the compulsory CPD requirements.
- To ensure that Safe Working Practices are adhered to, in accordance with Health and Safety Legislation and Blackadders LLP.
- To ensure monetary transactions are dealt with efficiently and in accordance with Anti money laundering regulations.
- To work and behave in a professional manner and within the highest ethical and other standards of the profession.
- Comply with procedures set out in the office procedures manual, professional standards and any requirement set by the Law Society of Scotland.
- To maintain the strictest standards of client confidentiality at all times.
Performance Measured By:
- Personal development and contribution to the overall objectives of the firm
- Efficiency in dealing with work and accuracy of work produced.
- Compliance with time recording requirements and reaching financial targets.
- Conducting matters on behalf of clients to their satisfaction.
- Careful file management and the keeping of detailed contemporaneous attendance notes of all work done on behalf of our clients.
- Working knowledge and use of necessary discipline of law.
- Ability to work with initiative; maintaining a flexible and responsible approach.
- Good attendance and timekeeping.
There may be the requirement to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations would not of themselves justify the re-evaluation of a post. In cases, however, where a permanent and substantial change in the nature of the duties and responsibilities of a post occurs consistent with a higher level of responsibility, then the post would be eligible for re-evaluation.