Careers

Interested in working at a reputable Solicitors Practice in Portsmouth or Emsworth? Then check out our vacancies below.

To apply for any of the roles available please send your CV and covering letter to Steve Lewsey; SLewsey@a2law.co.uk

 

JOB TITLE: Trainee Solicitor                 

DEPARTMENT: Probate, Wills and General Litigation

REPORTS TO:  Director           

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Director

Job Purpose

To provide a level of service to clients so that we are their preferred firm of solicitors and one which they will recommend to others.

The postholder will be expected to assist in the provision of legal services and the giving of legal advice to clients of the firm to the highest standard.

 

Specific Core Functions:

  • You will assist with the management of cases within various areas of specialism e.g., Probate, Wills and Civil Litigation.
  • Maintain client files as required for supervision/audit and in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society and LEXCEL.
  • Be willing to develop advocacy service where appropriate.
  • Assist other members of the team as required, including attending clients and witnesses, calculating losses, preparing bills, undertaking legal research, attending hearings.
  • To achieve your objectives, you will be expected to work as part of a team with Directors, Solicitors, Fee Earners, other trainees and support staff as and when appropriate. You must, therefore be capable of delegating tasks and supervising where appropriate.
  • To write letters and produce documents with a good quality of presentation.
  • To adhere to client care standards set out in the firm’s terms of business and/or office manual.
  • To keep fully up-to-date with the relevant areas of law and practice.
  • To keep fully up to date with and to comply with the solicitors’ rules of conduct.
  • Record time spent on fee earning and other tasks.
  • Attend department meetings.
  • Deal with client queries by telephone, face to face meeting or electronically.
  • Assist and be involved with marketing strategies.
  • Communicate with all departments cross selling the firms skills to existing clients.
  • Comply with Law society/ Lexcel standards/Office manual/contract of employment.
  • Undertake relevant internal and external training where required.
  • Meet financial targets generating income for the firm.
  • Keep working area tidy and safe from hazards.
  • Be expected to work at our various offices during the training contract.

Shared Core Functions:

  • Proactively and positively contribute to the achievement of deliverables through individuals and team efforts.
  • Build and sustain effective communications with other teams.
  • Contribute to the development of a proactive and modern firm that meets the needs of the service.
  • Work effectively within a complex and changing environment.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

Essential:

  • LPC or equivalent qualified.
  • Degree or equivalent.
  • 3 A’ Levels or equivalent.
  • 5 GCSE’s A- C or equivalent including English and Maths.
  • Relevant work experience and evidence of interest in, and commitment to, the type of work the firm undertakes.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working within a legal environment
  • Typing skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to cope with changing priorities and levels of workload

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

Essential:

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Effective use of IT
  • Proven organisational skills
  • Ability to produce timely and accurate work
  • Numerical Skills

Desirable:

  • Use of case management software, preferably DPS
  • Knowledge of an accountancy package, preferably Cognito
  • Interest in designated area of Law
  • Knowledge of using a digital dictation system
  • Knowledge of attracting and retaining new business

PERSONAL QUALITIES

  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Able to work under pressure and meeting changing deadlines
  • A positive approach to team working
  • Ability to continually update knowledge
  • Self-management
  • Sense of humour

ORGANISATIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Contribute to the successful overall performance of the firm.
  • Creating and maintaining effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, clients and the general public.
  • Develop and support the culture of collaboration and commitment to delivering quality services and outcomes.
  • Comply with Practice Health and Safety requirements.
  • Comply with the principles and standards set out by the firm in the office manual.
The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this Job Description are indicative and may vary over time.  Job holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the role.