Duty Solicitor

Posted 5 days ago by Virtuoso Recruitment Limited
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Duty Solicitor - London

Job Overview:The Solicitor will be responsible for dealing with delegated work within their own areas of competence and achieving performance targets as set by the practice. The Solicitor will provide expert legal support and advice to clients. Also, he/she will be responsible for offering support to the Head of Department and/or Directors. He/she will be responsible for dealing their own caseload and dealing with clients. Furthermore, he/she will be expected to train and mentor more junior staff members and positively promote quality of service to clients, raising the quality level and creating new business for the Practice whenever possible. One key focus is to ensure that timely and profitable billing takes place and meet billing targets on a weekly/monthly bases.

Purpose/Main Objectives:To support all Practice decisions, carrying out any actions required. To provide any support required by Head of Departments. To act on behalf of Head of Departments as required. To be alert when acting for clients of other legal services they may require and to refer clients to other departments within the firm when it is appropriate.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Deal with delegated cases as required, reporting progress to the Head of Department and/or Directors; act on behalf of clients in disputes and represent them in court,
  • Deal with all aspects of Criminal Law, review all files, work on all aspects of Criminal law cases
  • Prepare for trials, hearings and closings; attend court, conduct hearings ie, Trials, Bail Applications, this list is not exhaustive
  • Liaise with clients and other professionals such as barristers in a prompt and professional manner; coordinate the work of all parties involved; instruct barristers or specialist advocates to appear in court for the client in complex dispute
  • Advice and negotiate with clients and other professionals to secure agreed objectives
  • Research and analyse documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice and procedure
  • Always act in a trustworthy and confidential manner; have integrity and sensitivity
  • Ensure quality of service levels are to standard
  • Follow internal methods, policies, and procedures as set by the Office Manual
  • Remain informed of changes in any area of specialisation, such that service quality is always maintained. Carry out file reviews as appropriate
  • Attending upon clients at offices / courts / prison. Advising and assisting clients.
  • Preparation for cases. Advising and assisting at police stations, doing Defence Case Statements, Hearsay Applications, this list is not exhaustive
  • Sitting behind Counsel at Crown Court. Liaising with Courts, Police, CPS, Benefits Agencies, Counsel, Counsel's clerk, Defence Witnesses & experts
  • Preparing Briefs to Counsel. Researching Law. Dealing with correspondence, adhere to accurate and comprehensive file management and maintenance practices of caseload according to company policy and procedures
  • Maintenance of diaries & time recording
  • Attending the Police Station during office hours and out of office hours on the internal office duty rota
  • Work as part of a team and give concise and reasonable instructions
  • Each person employed in this category must recognise that may be contacted by the Legal Services Commission auditor and that they are expected to co-operate fully with that officer
  • Conduct legal research and gathering of relevant information on a case. This includes researching the facts of the case as well as identifying the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, and legal articles relevant to the case
  • Draft legal documents. This can include drafting correspondence and pleadings, such as complaints, subpoenas, interrogatories, deposition notices, pre-trial orders, and legal briefs with various parties
  • Taking statements from witnesses and other parties; interviewing clients and passing on relevant information
  • Carry out other types of administrative duties such as billing, invoicing, time recording, compile litigation bundles, dealing with correspondence, collect and organise evidence; calculate claims for damages, compensation, maintenance, etc
  • Network with clients and build valuable relationships in a way that enhances the company’s reputation and cultivate new business opportunities
  • Assist during trial by taking notes, preparing exhibits, preparing files, and reading court transcripts
  • Use the company’s case management system
  • Expenditure: act within limits set by the Practice & ensure all petty cash is accounted for
  • Any other hoc duties as directed by the Head of Department or Directors

Relationships:

  • Internal: Supportive to the Directors, Heads of Department, and colleagues
  • External: Promoting the Practice wherever possible through PR and quality of service

Skills & Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Qualified Duty Solicitor
  • Higher Rights Advocate
  • Previous Experience of dealing with relevant department cases
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, and understand the importance of deadlines
  • Highly organised; able to be productive, flexible and simultaneously manage multiple cases and priorities in a performance driven environment
  • Superior research skills and data maintenance skills
  • Strong client relationship skills; the ability to establish positive, cooperative and professional relationship, both internal and external
  • Be highly trustworthy, discreet, and use good judgement
  • Able to work well under pressure, without sacrificing a high attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication are essential
  • Good commercial awareness and analytical skills
  • Self-starter and the ability to work autonomously; Proactive and eager to learn
  • Self-awareness and a commitment to using feedback to learn and develop as a professional
  • Ability to read, digest and process vast amounts of information into data that can be used in a legal case
  • Computer Literacy

Reference: 42842161

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