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Trainee Solicitor job description
To develop and maintain good client relation skills, gaining clients’ confidence and that of other professionals.
To communicate clearly, concisely and appropriately with both written and spoken word.
To negotiate with clients and other professionals to secure desired objectives.
To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations.
To share information and have clear, precise, professional communication with other personnel of the firm.
To recognise when a matter exceeds their experience or resources and seek prompt guidance and supervision.
To participate in the growth and development of the department and firm by participating in assigned projects and contributing suggestions.
To provide support by assisting with overflow work and during holidays or sick leave.
To allocate sufficient priority to administrative tasks, such as accurate time recording and record keeping, as well as to client case progression.
To be aware of the firm’s marketing strategies and represent the firm creditably in external dealings when required to do so.
To keep up to date with developments in law and practice so that standard of work is not compromised.
To keep a proper record of all work done and training received.
To comply with the trainee’s training requirements under the terms and conditions of the training contract and the Law Societies Guide to Authorisation.
To attend courses and interviews as required by the Law Society and Training Partner.
To maximise the use of IT systems introduced to assist in the management of cases. Wherever possible, to utilise IT to provide a quality, cost effective and efficient service to clients.
Skills & abilities
Ability to manage assigned tasks in an assertive, efficient and timely manner.
Adaptable and able to work in a busy environment.
Works well under pressure with ability to prioritise workloads.
The intellect to solve problems, be proactive, use judgment, reasoning and respond to a challenge.
Ability to view situations from a commercial or business perspective.
Qualification & experience
A high standard of academic achievement; preferably a 2:1 or better degree level and secured LPC qualification, although all applications will be considered.
Works in an organised and methodical manner.
Good IT skills, preferably with touch typing.
Ability to express themselves clearly, concisely and accurately in both written and spoken word.
Character & personal qualities
Team player with a positive attitude.
Ability to deal sensitively and empathise with clients.
Enthusiasm for and commitment to the type of work we do.
To conduct interviews, assess legal problems, prepare documents and correspondence, conduct research, advise on costs, give advice, record and adhere to deadlines, being proactive when necessary under close supervision
To anticipate and where appropriate respond to clients’ needs and demands.
To work and behave in a professional manner and within the higher standards of the profession.
To comply with procedures set out in the firm’s Quality Manual, professional standards, including Solicitors’ Accounts Rules, regulatory requirements, Lexcel and any service standards set by the firm, clients or the Legal Services Commission.
To carry out duties given by the partners or employees faithfully and diligently and follow all reasonable instructions. To treat all information about the firm and its clients and their business as wholly confidential.