16 Jan, 2020

Clinical Negligence Lawyer

  • Barcan+Kirby
  • Queen Square, Bristol, UK
Other Lawyer

Job Description

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


  • 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



  • Qualified Solicitor or FCILEx

Skills and competencies

Team orientation


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



Competitive Salary



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