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Criminal Law Solicitor job description
1. To undertake matters which you are competent to conduct having due regard to the
policies and procedures defined in the Office Manual relating to your areas of work.
2. Arranging appointments and attending new, current and former clients and dealing with their queries including:
• obtaining instructions and advising on course(s) of action, length and cost of case (as appropriate);
• assessment of client’s financial means and explanation of Public Funding or Private
terms and conditions;
• acceptance of cases received on the Police Station and Court rota’s that the solicitor
has membership of;
• attending clients at Police Stations, Courts and/or Detention centres;
• Reporting within 24-hours of outcomes or Police Station visits;
• Preparing correspondence to client, court, solicitors counsel and other third-parties, including Statements, Notices, Applications, and other Legal Forms/Documents for production/preparation.
undertaking Magistrates Court advocacy
• instructing counsel, experts, solicitor advocates or other third-parties, reviewing
reports and continued liaison as required;
• preparation of Defence Cases for trial
• advising on appropriate plea;
• arranging hearings and conferences;
• obtaining and reviewing evidence and statements;
• negotiation on clients behalf and, liaison with opponents, judges, etc. to obtain most
preferable outcome for clients;
• ensuring efficient day-to-day progress of all matters, prioritising work as necessary
and keeping the client informed on progress.
3. To ensure that all work carried out meets or exceeds the requirements of the LSC’s
Unified Contract, the SQM Standard, the Lexcel Standard and the Solicitors’ Code of
4. To record all work carried out accurately and appropriately on the firm’s computerised
time recording system.
5. Commitment to Law’s policy of equal opportunity and the ability to work
harmoniously with colleagues and clients of all cultures and backgrounds.
Providing competent advice and services in the Criminal Law category.
• Analytical skills
• Written and oral communication skills
• IT skills
• Criminal Law / Prison Law (if applicable)
• Qualified Solicitor
• Higher Rights Advocate (Desirable)
• Duty Solicitor