“Within such a helpful and supportive team, you know that you can have family time and holidays and there are others who can have conduct of your work without having to worry about it. There is the flexibility of working in a busy and buzzing practice but also the opportunity to work remotely.” Danielle Peters, Partner and Head of Department
Our ideal candidate should:
“Working at Crane & Staples has allowed me to grow my career at a pace and in a way that suits my needs. We have a great supervision plan in place, and the high tech means we can keep in touch with our team-mates regularly whether we are working at home or in the office.” Sian Churchill – Associate Solicitor
We want all our members of staff to have fulfilling, sustainable and long-term careers in law.
We will outline a clear path for progression within the firm and support you in pursuing this.
You will have the opportunity to attend relevant courses and may work towards specialist qualifications and accreditations if these are deemed suitable.
As a Lexcel accredited firm, we have excellent management practices. Each solicitor has monthly supervisions and file reviews where they can discuss cases as well as their own professional development.
Flexible working is important to us, especially since the pandemic. We have seen the benefits of working remotely to staff and the firm.
We understand that working as a Family Lawyer is extremely rewarding but can also be stressful. We believe it is important to get the balance right so you can do the best work for your clients and also look after yourself. This is why we encourage and promote a healthy work-life balance and are sympathetic to your personal and family needs.
As a well-established firm, we receive instructions on a wide range of exciting, complex and interesting family law cases.
We work on high-level cases that involve the instruction of Silk, and other family specialist counsel from the best sets, as well as renowned pension experts and forensic accountants. Some of our cases end up in the Court of Appeal. We frequently handle cases with leading firms, including top tier London firms, acting on the other side.
We are enthusiastic supporters and referrers of cases to mediation and other ADR, including arbitration and private FDR’s. Danielle Peters is one of the few Law Society accredited FMCA mediators in the region. Sharon Montgomery is a Resolution trained collaborative lawyer. We are committed to helping parties reach agreement without the need for contested hearings, where possible.
If appropriate, we also undertake our own advocacy in finance and private children cases including final hearings.
You should have experience in private law family cases including:
“The family department is fierce and passionate and hardworking and hilarious. I rely on my team every day and I truly appreciate their guidance and support.” Janet Martland, Associate Solicitor
You will join a close-knit team of expert Family lawyers. This is an opportunity to work with some highly regarded family lawyers in the region, including Partner and Head of Department Danielle Peters and Partner Sharon Montgomery. Both Danielle and Sharon are known for the quality of training and support they provide to their colleagues.
Within the department, and the firm, there is a strong sense of comradery, good humour, and genuine friendships between staff of all levels.
You will work closely with your colleagues and regularly meet, either in-person or virtually, to discuss cases, as well as to improve team morale and keep in touch.
As part of our firm’s training policy, you will also be expected to assist and supervise junior colleagues. This is an opportunity for you to develop your skills as a supervisor and mentor, as well as help your colleagues and work as a team.
We operate an open-door policy so you can always speak to your colleagues and managers if you have any personal or professional issues.
“As staff it is nice to know we are highly thought of by the partners, as we will randomly receive thank you emails, biscuits in the post (yum!), and team-building activities – and these continued remotely during COVID, so I never felt like I was isolated from the rest of the team.” – Sian Churchill, Associate Solicitor
As an employee of Crane & Staples, you will have access to our network of esteemed professionals in the local business community.
The family team has great relationships with other leading firms and notable individuals in the profession including senior solicitors, mediators, barristers, QCs, and Judges.
Danielle Peters is chair of the education sub-committee for the Hertfordshire Family Justice Board. Attia Hussain is a founding member of the Women in Family Law group.
The firm also takes part in regular fundraising events for local charities. Recent charities we have supported include the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline (supported by Sharon Montgomery), Herts Young Homeless and MIND in Mid Herts.
If you would like to have a private chat with members of the team, you can connect with us on LinkedIn below. We would be pleased to talk to you and answer any questions you may have about working at Crane & Staples.
Danielle Peters - Partner and Head of Family and Children Law
Sharon Montgomery - Partner, Family and Children Law
Attia Hussain - Senior Associate Solicitor, Family and Children Law
Janet Martland - Associate Solicitor, Family and Children Law
Sian Churchill - Associate Solicitor, Family and Children Law