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JOB DESCRIPTION
Family Solicitor/Legal Executive
Department: Family
Office: Any required
Reports to: Partner
Role To assist the practice in meeting its professional obligations and business
viability within the changing needs of the organisation and the legal market.
To provide a high level of legal advice and assistance to the clients of the firm
in the fee earner’s area of specialism.
To ensure that the advice given is accurate and comprehensive and that all
advice provided is clearly recorded on the file.
To respond to all client and third party communications promptly and to
progress the matter to conclusion within a reasonable time scale.
Responsibilities To provide clear and comprehensive advice to clients and to progress their
case smoothly to conclusion.
To ensure that the conduct of client files is in accordance with all internal,
professional conduct and accounts rules and obligations.
Additionally, to provide support and assistance to colleagues by assisting with
overflow work within the department and maintain support during the holidays
and sick leave, primarily by agreement with colleagues and, if requested, by
the partners.
Principal Duties To ensure that clients are provided with comprehensive advice.
To attend upon clients.
To confirm advice in correspondence.
To promptly respond to client’s communications and promptly conduct all
communications with solicitors instructed by other parties and with all other
parties relating to the matter.
To keep abreast of all legal developments in the fee earner’s sphere of
practice and defer to expert third party advice, where appropriate, and
particularly where the fee earner’s own knowledge is limited.
To respond to all written telephone communications promptly.
To actively progress the client’s matter promptly to conclusion.
To draft all necessary documentation required to progress the client’s case
and to proof read documents to achieve 100% accuracy.
To uphold the highest standards of work and professional conduct.
To ensure that paper and electronic files are up to date and accurate.
To ensure that all client files, trial bundles and other documents are well
organised and displayed, and comply with all internal and external procedures
and requirements.
To comply with all statutory requirements, where necessary.
To prioritise work to meet deadlines agreed with the client or any other party
involved with the matter.
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