Salary: Negotiable £35,000+ according to experience / accreditations
Closing date: Open
Role Purpose: Simpson Millar is a leading firm in Public Law work with offices throughout the country. Our public law department covers a number of areas of work including matters relating to education, health, human rights, community care and child care proceedings. The firm is ranked in Chambers and the Legal 500.
We are inviting a solicitor or legal executive to join our Manchester or Leeds team to work with our expanding Child Care Proceedings department, specialising in public law children matters. The successful candidate will be responsible for both fee earning and business development.
We are looking for a candidate with a caring and enthusiastic personality, a warm client care manner and the ability and willingness to actively promote the profile of the department and Simpson Millar.
The ideal candidate will have experience in Children and Family Law Act proceedings.
We would invite applications from anyone passionate about this area of law, whether newly qualified or with Children Panel accreditation.
Any applicant must have a strong background in advocacy and be enthusiastic about promoting the team, to include offering creative marketing ideas and a willingness to engage in networking activities. They be enthusiastic about supporting more junior colleagues.
Flexible working is offered and home working capability is expected.
Key Responsibilities: To develop and run a caseload of Children Act and domestic violence matters.
Detailed knowledge of Children Act law and procedure
Experience in applying for non-molestation orders
Good advocacy skills
Effectively and efficiently conducting cases in accordance with the overall policies and objectives of the firm
Participation in the development, marketing and success of the Child Care Proceedings department, to include developing local referrals
Working with the firm’s case management system and other office IT systems;
Compliance with the firm’s Money Laundering Procedures;
Compliance with GDPR
Willingness to adopt flexible working from home
Experience in supervision of files in accordance with Legal Aid Agency and Lexcel policies
Law Society Children Law accreditation or willingness to work towards achieving accreditation
Experience mainly focused on public law children work
Interest and experience in court advocacy
Knowledge of legal aid guidelines and application procedures
Interest in and ability to develop links with potential referral organisations
Good business development and marketing skills
Good IT skills
Strong interpersonal skills
An empathetic individual with a passion for dealing with vulnerable clients