21 Feb, 2024

Family Solicitor

£35,000 - £45,000 yearly
  • Watkins Solicitors
  • Hybrid
Full time Solicitor

Job Description

Exciting Career Opportunity: Family Solicitor Specialising in Financial Matters - Watkins Solicitors

About Watkins Solicitors:

Watkins Solicitors, an award-winning and dynamic law firm, specialises in Family Law, Education Law, Wills and Probate Law, Conveyancing, Human Rights, and Judicial Review. With three offices in North Bristol, South Bristol, and Bath, as well as client appointments available in Hereford, we operate under both Legal Aid and private schemes. Recognised for our outstanding reputation as an employer, we offer excellent benefits, a positive working culture, and diverse career prospects. At Watkins Solicitors, we believe in nurturing and growing our talent, fostering a supportive environment for our staff. We encourage remote, agile, and flexible working opportunities.

The Role: Family Solicitor - Matrimonial Finances Specialist

An exciting opportunity has emerged within our Family Department for a full-time Family Solicitor specialising in financial matters following relationship breakdowns, as well as pre and post-nuptial agreements. The standard work week is 35 hours, Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Candidates can work in Bristol, Bath, or Hereford.

The Candidate:

We are seeking an experienced candidate in family law, including financial and property issues post-relationship breakdowns, as well as pre-nuptial, separation, and cohabitation agreements. Familiarity with TOLATA is highly desirable. The ideal candidate should be proactive, highly organised, and eager to continue their professional development.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Meeting new clients, taking instructions, and providing advice.
  • Building and managing a caseload efficiently.
  • Drafting statements and other required documents.
  • Representing clients in court and conducting advocacy.
  • Attending advocates and professionals meetings.
  • Instructing counsel and experts.
  • Building links with external agencies.
  • Supervising, training, and providing feedback to paralegals.
  • Assisting the head of the Department as necessary.

Essential Criteria:

  • Strong background in Family Law, particularly divorce and pre/post-nuptial agreements.
  • Qualified solicitors or equivalent.
  • Excellent client care and organisational skills.
  • Professional telephone manner.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Prioritisation and problem-solving skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in TOLATA.

Our Offer:

In return, you can expect a fulfilling career with a great flexible work policy to balance personal and professional life. The firm supports continual training through an extensive in-house training scheme. After a probationary period, flexible home working may be possible, subject to business and client needs.

Salary: £35,000.00 to £45,000.00, dependent on experience.

To Apply: Please send your CV and a covering letter to Kate Ford at kford@watkinssolicitors.co.uk. Interviews will be conducted remotely.

Equal Opportunities: Watkins Solicitors welcomes applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

Staff Type

Legal Staff

Experience

PQE 2-6

Competitive Salary

No

Sector

Family / Matrimonial

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