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Clinical Negligence Solicitor job description
To work, as part of a team, advising the firm’s clients on complex claimant clinical negligence matters.
To undertake case work on liability, causation and quantum issues, adhering to procedural and funding guidelines and limits.
To develop an understanding of medical issues and how to investigate and apply these to the law in the best interests of the client.
To develop an understanding of quality management standards (including risk assessment, funding guidelines and the firm’s procedures) and financial management of files (WIP, disbursements, billing and profitability) and working so as to meet or exceed chargeable hours targets.
To undertake administrative duties within the firm to ensure best practice and to raise your own profile internally within the firm and externally in the wider clinical negligence arena.
To contribute to the department’s and firm’s marketing efforts identifying and developing new potential sources of referral, maintaining and developing links with existing referrers of work and raising your own, the department’s and the firm’s profile.
Every effort has been made to ensure that this is a full description of the tasks and responsibilities of this role. However, it is not an exhaustive list. The job description may be changed or developed at any time to reflect changes as required. However, changes will not be made without full consultation with the postholder.
We would expect the successful candidate to have a minimum of 2 years PQE, or able to demonstrate the equivalent level of skills and desired competencies within a similar law practice CPE/LPC qualification Excellent academics Clinical Negligence experience
Experience: Knowledge of Legal Services Commission public funding and franchise requirements Knowledge and understanding of alternative forms of funding, including BTE/ATE, CFA and private retainers
Experience of contributing in moderately complex cases Experience of running smaller cases more autonomously
A good grasp of legal concepts, good drafting skills
Knowledge of mental capacity issues, post mortems, coroners, inquests and the inquest procedure
Experience of calculation of complex schedules of loss including multipliers Knowledge of the costs recovery process including the detailed assessment procedure
Skills: Understanding of core liability, causation, consent, quantum and costs issues
Knowledge of legal procedure including issue and service of proceedings, directions timetables, ADR and trial Experience in obtaining factual and expert evidence
Experience of drafting simple schedules of loss Ability to liaise with Counsel and experts appropriately and professionally
An understanding of how to maximise claimable costs through time recording and attendance notes
Good client care skills Excellent attention to detail IT literate in MS Office Knowledge of time recording software
Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise
Attributes: Team player Has a positive, enthusiastic, conscientious and pro-active approach
Ability to cope with conflicting demands and meet deadlines
Communicates effectively at all levels, both verbally and written Interested in practice development and marketing Ability to demonstrate behaviour in keeping with the firm’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Integrity and Fairness
To provide full support to the Clinical Negligence Department in the provision of advice to the firm’s clients.
To become professionally responsible for all aspects of your job to include compliance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct as well as the quality of your own legal work, administration and financial performance.