Barcan+Kirby

Barcan+Kirby is a law firm with a reputation for providing high quality, common sense advice. We offer a comprehensive range of legal services supported by our culture of respect and understanding. 

From our six offices located across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, our friendly and approachable teams provide advice and guidance to both individuals and businesses within the South West and nationwide. Highly ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK.

16 Jan, 2020
Our established and award-winning Clinical Negligence team are recruiting for a lawyer to join their busy team in Bristol city centre. You will: Undertake fee-earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the department and to ensure the successful development of the firm in line with the firm’s plans Run a caseload of pre-action and litigated cases and deliver excellent client service As required, provide support to individual members of the team with progressing casework on complex cases of maximum severity Champion the values of the firm and to actively support the objectives of the firm Key responsibilities Fee earning work Conduct of matters on behalf of clients Assisting fee earners with the conduct of matters on behalf of clients Interviewing clients, taking instructions, preparing Witness Statements Maintaining detailed file notes of instructions received, advice given, and work carried out Ensuring all emails and electronic communications are maintained in keeping with our case management system Progressing matters in a pro-active, professional and efficient manner with the aim of concluding cases efficiently whilst achieving good outcomes for clients Carrying out clients’ reasonable instructions promptly Complying with all appropriate pre-litigation protocols Drafting claims and other Court documents Attending costs and case management conferences and other Court hearings on behalf of clients where appropriate, or instructing Counsel to do so Keeping clients informed as to the progress of their cases and as to current and anticipated costs at least every six months Obtaining a Partner’s written approval, using the appropriate internal forms, before entering any Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with a client on the firm’s behalf and ensuring that the terms of any CFA corresponds with the terms authorised by a Partner and reporting on CFA cases as required by internal procedures Complying with the firm’s office manual in all respects, e.g. file opening procedure, file organisation, client care, key dates and file closing procedure etc. Selecting, instructing, and assessing appropriate experts and Counsel in accordance with the firm’s documented policy and procedures Advising clients of funding options and ensuring that there is appropriate funding in place in respect of all live client matters, e.g. CFA, legal expenses insurance, trade union funding, or public funding as appropriate Dealing with emails, fax and telephone communications, and all other correspondence promptly Checking all draft documents, and checking and signing own post To work proactively to maintain or achieve Law Society/AvMA panel membership Non-fee earning work Be committed to your personal professional development Notifying a Partner of any indication of client dissatisfaction or complaint received regarding work undertaken or service delivery Sending reminders to privately fee-paying clients regarding outstanding bills and taking Court action where required to recover amounts due to the firm Dealing with costs promptly at the conclusion of claims, both for the benefit of the firm and our clients Participating in team, departmental and office meetings Bringing examples of colleagues demonstrating the firm’s values in practise to the attention of management and peers Maintaining an adequate and up-to-date knowledge of the law and practice Management of support services for which you are responsible, including supervision of your own secretary (if applicable) Participation in marketing activities whether on a firm-wide, departmental or office basis Financial control with particular regard to cash flow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures Bringing any concerns you may have for a colleague’s welfare to ensure that they are supported to the attention of management and peers Exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner at all times Ensure the confidentiality and security of all of the firm’s and client documentation and information Comply with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules and the Rules on the Professional Conduct of Solicitors Maintain clear and precise communications with other personnel of the firm Ensuring good working relationships with external institutions and organisations Responding promptly and accurately to requests for information concerning case work from Partners and supervisors Identifying public funding matters and complying at all times with Legal Aid Regulations and the firm’s office manual so far as it relates to publicly funded matters Any other reasonable duties as directed by your manager Knowledge and experience Essential A Solicitor or FCILEx with experience and interest in Clinical Negligence Excellent organisational skills Excellent drafting skills IT literate and confident using and adapting to new systems and processes Qualifications Essential Qualified Solicitor or FCILEx Skills and competencies Team orientation Essential Ability to motivate oneself and to set and exceed targets Embraces change and has the ability to respond to external influences and a changing business environment Ability to adapt to continually changing parameters Enjoys working as part of a team, helps and supports others Takes personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of highest quality, shows initiative in improving results Communication Essential Ability to negotiate and has experience of being able to change other people’s views Ability to convey information accurately verbally and in writing and make self be understood Can communicate effectively with people at all levels People management Essential Takes a long-term view, sets goals for the future, taking a strategic perspective Consults widely, involves others in decision making Encourages new ideas and members opinions Ability to organise own work within deadlines and to agreed standards Ability to balance tasks, structure own workload to make best use of time and resources, delivers to deadline Customer focus Essential Takes ownership of any problems and maintains contact with client until they are resolved Responds promptly within agreed service level standards Develops strong client relationships Results orientation Essential Takes ownership of any problems and maintains contact with client until they are resolved Responds promptly within agreed service level standards Develops strong client relationships Problem solving Essential Generate new ideas, enjoy being creative, thinks of original solutions Focuses on detail, is methodical, organised and systematic Ability to view problems and solutions from clients’ and other perspectives, applies experience gained in different circumstances and areas of work to assist with decision making Ability to use own initiative in making sound decisions Location and working hours Full-time working hours are 9.00am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday (including a 1 hour unpaid lunch break) Part-time/job share may be considered You will be based at our Queen Square office Closing date Applications for this role close on Friday 31st January 2020
Barcan+Kirby Queen Square, Bristol, UK Other
14 Jan, 2020
Our growing Corporate + Commercial department are recruiting for a paralegal to assist with the work in this busy team. The role would suit either an existing paralegal with commercial experience, or someone who has recently graduated or is about to graduate from the LPC with an interest in qualifying in the Corporate + Commercial team through the firm’s Staff Development Programme. The Corporate + Commercial department was established in 2017 and has grown rapidly since then, both in terms of the size of the team and the volume and quality of client work. The team comprises a Partner who heads up the department, three lawyers and one legal secretary. Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and business clients, but also as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer. Barcan+Kirby prides itself on promoting the work/life balance of employees and both the firm and the team are fully supportive of flexible working arrangements. Key responsibilities You will undertake certain elements of corporate and commercial fee earning work under supervision including: Share sales and purchases Asset sales and purchases Shareholder agreements General corporate law advice Partnership agreements and advice Terms and conditions of business, and other commercial agreements (e.g. distribution, services, franchising agreements) General commercial law advice Dealing with new enquiries File management and client care, including cost estimates, initial meetings, accounts procedures and billing Research tasks using a variety of resources (e.g. PLC and other legal databases, hard copy texts) Maintaining an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice relevant to the team Assisting with the development of know-how and precedents for the team Business development work, in conjunction with the established Marketing department Attending internal and external networking events Developing sources of work and maintaining relationships with existing contacts and clients Involvement in marketing strategies and initiatives Developing blogs and marketing material for the department Cross department working to raise profile of the work undertaken by the team and identify cross-selling opportunities Knowledge and experience Essential Knowledge of corporate and commercial law, via either previous legal work or relevant electives on the LPC (commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and debt finance, intellectual property) Desirable Experience of undertaking fee earning work on commercial law/business-related matters Qualifications Essential Law graduate, Level 3 CILEx or above, or equivalent Skills and competencies Team orientation Essential Thrives working as part of a team and helps and supports others Able to adapt to continually changing parameters and adapt to new tasks Desirable Able to identify and implement improvements to ways of working within the team and across the firm Communication Essential Can communicate effectively with people at all levels Able to convey information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with language appropriate to the audience Makes fluent and relevant contributions to group discussions Confident dealing with enquiries on the telephone and meeting clients in person Desirable Able to negotiate and has experience of being able to change other people’s views Management of themselves and others Essential Able to organise their own work within deadlines and to agreed standards Able to motivate themselves and be fully productive without being prompted Able to balance tasks and structure own workload to make best use of time and resources Customer focus Essential Understands the importance of client service and satisfaction Solutions focused and proactive in progressing matters and obtaining results Responds promptly within agreed service level standards Results orientation Essential Takes personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of highest quality Focuses on getting things finished, persists until the job is done Ability to work calmly and to maintain a disciplined approach to the task under the pressure of deadlines and/or changing objectives Problem solving Essential Focuses on detail and is methodical, organised and systematic in their approach Able to seek out relevant information to assist with decision making Desirable Able to view problems and solutions from a range of perspectives, applies experience gained in different circumstances and areas of work to assist with decision making Location and working hours This can be a full-time or part-time role Full-time working hours are 9.00am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday (including a 1 hour unpaid lunch break) You will be based at our Queen Square office Closing date Applications for this role close on Friday 7th February 2020.
Barcan+Kirby Queen Square, Bristol, UK Other
14 Jan, 2020
Working in our growing Corporate + Commercial team, you will develop and maintain links with new and existing clients, and undertake all elements of corporate and commercial fee earning work. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be an integral part of the firm’s growing capability in the provision of commercial legal services. This department was established in 2017 and has grown rapidly since then, both in terms of the size of the team and the volume and quality of client work. The team comprises one partner who heads up the department, three lawyers and one legal secretary. We are looking to recruit another solicitor in order to meet increasing client work demands and assist with the continued growth of the team. This position will suit a junior lawyer who’s looking to gain hands-on experience with plenty of client contact, or a more senior lawyer wanting something a little different in terms of opportunities and challenges with the ability to influence matters within the team and the firm more widely. Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market, both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and business clients, but also as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer. Barcan+Kirby prides itself on promoting the work/life balance of employees and both the firm and the team are fully supportive of flexible working arrangements. Key responsibilities You will undertake all elements of corporate and commercial fee earning work including: Share sales and purchases Asset sales and purchases Shareholder agreements Share buybacks and general corporate law advice Partnership agreements and advice Terms and conditions of business, and other commercial agreements (e.g. distribution, services, franchising agreements) General commercial law advice including for retainer clients Liaising with and coordinating input of other departments into matters Providing advice to other departments, e.g. commercial property, employment, commercial disputes, probate Developing know-how and precedents for the team Business development work, in conjunction with the established Marketing department Attending internal and external networking events Developing sources of work and maintaining relationships with existing contacts and clients Identifying and driving forwards areas for growth Involvement in marketing strategies and initiatives Developing blogs and marketing material for the department Cross department working to raise profile of the work undertaken by the team and identify cross-selling opportunities Knowledge and experience Essential Previous experience as a Corporate and Commercial lawyer Business development skills: knowledge and experience of networking as a business development tool Sound technical legal skills and subject matter expertise Desirable Experience of the Bristol market Qualifications Essential Qualified Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive with a minimum of two years PQE* Skills and competencies Team orientation Essential Thrives working as part of a team and helps and supports others Embraces change and challenges, and has the ability to respond to external influences and a changing business environment Desirable Management experience Able to identify and implement improvements to ways of working within the team and across the firm Communication Essential Able to negotiate and has experience of being able to change other people’s views Can communicate effectively with people at all levels Able to convey information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with language appropriate to the audience Management of themselves and others Essential Able to organise their own work within deadlines and to agreed standards Able to motivate themselves and be fully productive without being prompted Able to balance tasks and structure own workload to make best use of time and resources Desirable Takes a long-term view, sets goals for the future, and takes a strategic perspective Customer focus Essential Solutions focused and proactive in progressing matters and obtaining results Responds promptly within agreed service level standards Anticipates clients’ future requirements, understands business objectives and commercial realities and takes a client focused pragmatic approach Takes ownership of any problems and maintains contact with client until they are resolved Results orientation Essential Takes personal pride in their work and is committed to producing work of highest quality Shows initiative in improving results Focuses on getting things finished, persists until the job is done Ability to work calmly and to maintain a disciplined approach to the task under the pressure of deadlines and/or changing objectives Problem solving Essential Focuses on detail and is methodical, organised and systematic in their approach Able to view problems and solutions from a range of perspectives, applies experience gained in different circumstances and areas of work to assist with decision making Able to use own initiative in making sound decisions Desirable Generates new ideas, enjoys being creative and thinks of original solutions Location and working hours This can be a full-time or part-time role Full-time working hours are 9.00am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday (including a 1 hour unpaid lunch break) You will be based at our Queen Square office Closing date Applications for this role close on Friday 7th February 2020 .
Barcan+Kirby Queen Square, Bristol, UK Other