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Assistant Solicitor job description litigation
Main Responsibilities (not an exhaustive list)
1 To manage all client work allocated by the Head of Department and in accordance with detailed procedures and quality standards contained in the firm’s OPM.
2 To ensure that all client work is progressed expeditiously and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and on costs. Especially able to conform and comply with contractual standards.
11 To take responsibility for and attend to self-development.
12 In conjunction with the firm, to comply with the relevant training requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and/or Law Society.
13 In liaison with Head of Department and other partners, to be active in promoting the services of the firm and its image and ethos.
14 To be familiar with, adhere to and promote the firm’s equal opportunities policy.
15 To undertake a range of housing, general civil and general criminal related litigation. This will include actions involving possession/forfeiture, injunctions, disrepair cases, appeals under s.204 Housing Act 1996 (homelessness), judicial review, commercial leases, service charges, LVT matters, debt recovery, ASBOs, Licensing, claims against the Council, appeals, prosecutions (disabled badge, trading standards, food safety, health and safety, and EPA).
16 Advising on general matters including those relating to housing, finance, environmental services, housing grants, licensing, parks police powers, street trading, parking enforcement, building control and attending meetings and Council Committee if required.
17 Handling contentious and non-contentious matters with a minimum of supervision, including advocacy mainly in County and Magistrates Courts.
18 To undertake such other legal work as may be ancillary to the main business set out above. To attend monitoring meetings (including "getting to know you" meetings prior to the commencement of the contract with LBW) and to be fully conversant and comply with the particular reporting and IT ramifications of the contractual arrangements with the client
19 Preparation of and participation in lectures, seminars, conferences and social events
20 Attendance at trade fairs and exhibitions
21 Assisting in preparing tenders and expressions of interest and participating in presentations to prospective clients
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Qualified Solicitor/barrister. Newly qualified.
Up to date knowledge of and experience in litigation, including under contract
Knowledge and understanding of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct and other regulatory requirements
Strong academic attainment. IT skills.
Experience of public and local authority sector
Required competencies Ability to work under pressure. Negotiation, organisational, research and analytical, drafting and communication skills
3 At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner.
4 To ensure the confidentiality and security of all of the firm’s and client documentation and information.
5 To achieve designated levels of billing and time recording.
6 In close liaison with Accounts, to have overall responsibility for credit control on own matters.
7 To comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules and the Rules on the Professional Conduct of Solicitors.
8 To maintain clear and precise communications with other personnel of the firm.
9 To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations.
10 To supervise, support and develop immediate support staff.