Solicitor

We are currently recruiting for a Solicitor for a law firm in Cheshire.

This is an exciting and challenging role for a qualified solicitor with experience of running or assisting in the running of a solicitor’s office as a COLP. Your key duties will be to develop and maintain good client relationship skills, gaining clients’ confidence and that of other professionals to ensure a high quality legal service is provided to all APJ clients.

Qualifications / Experience

  • Educated to degree level, in Law.
  • Must be able to comply with all sections of the SRA Suitability Test 2011, attaining SRA approval to role of COLP
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure, as part of a team and be able to drive income targets.
  • The ability to assess material breaches
  • The ability to assess conflicts of interests
  • LPC / BVC qualified essential.
  • Relevant experience within a Legal firm in the role of COLP
  • Able to promote a culture of compliance
  • Good awareness and understanding of DPA and GDPR and the ability to assist the company to comply with their requirements

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Able to assist in the managing and operation of the firm in a fully regulatory compliant manner in conjunction with the Directors, Consultants, Head of Finance and COFA.
  • Instructing Experts/counsel
  • Pursuing matters through correspondence and court proceedings
  • Negotiating on behalf of clients by telephone and correspondence
  • Attending before District Judge or tribunals as required
  • Advising clients, orally, in writing and by telephone
  • Carrying out appropriate searches and registrations
  • Claiming and receiving costs and accounting/reporting to clients
  • Any other task relating to legal casework
  • Ensure policies and processes are in place to enable the company, its managers and all employees to comply with what the SRA regulatory framework and the Handbook requires of them.
  • Interviewing clients, witnesses and then preparing statements
  • Drafting documents/pleadings
  • To follow Treating Customers Fairly policy on each case, ensuring the best outcome is achieved.
  • To comply with and be up to date with all aspects of compliance, Data Protection, GDPR, Anti Money Laundering and financial crime awareness
  • Assisting Paralegals with day to day cases
  • Assist with the management of risk and compliance in the delivery of the company’s legal services

Knowledge and Skills/Requirements

  • Good knowledge of AML regime
  • Excellent grasp of the SRA Handbook 2011 and its application
  • Able to professionally build good relationships with internal and external people at all different levels
  • Ability to manage assigned tasks in an assertive, efficient and timely manner
  • Able to deal sympathetically and appropriately with clients and to show empathy with them
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Must be able to multitask, prioritise and keep calm under pressure
  • The flexibility to work outside normal office hours as may be required from time to time
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills with good organisational skills and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business.
  • Ability to work to deadlines

For more information on this role, please contact stephanie@acs-recruitment.co.uk