up to £40,000 per annum
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Based in Stockton-on-Tees, our client is a small yet well-established solicitors firm who are reputable for their work within the Legal sector. They are growing rapidly and are now looking for a Supervising Solicitor who specialises in Prison Law and Legal Aid.
Please note, you will need a Mental Health accreditation scheme qualification to be considered for this role.
Main purpose of the job
- To undertake fee earning work for Prison Law clients of the Legal Aid and practice of private work. It will be necessary for you to have a full understanding of what work is covered by the Legal Aid Contract, experience of this work, advocacy experience in adjudications and Parole Board Hearings. To manage your own caseload of work.
- To have a client following
- Meet LAA Supervisor status (preferable)
Duties and responsibilities (regular activities in order of importance):
- To manage all client work in accordance with detailed procedures and quality standards contained in the practice’s office manual. To ensure that all work meets SQM, LAA and Peer Review Standards.
- To ensure that you are abreast of changes in the law and how they affect your work.
- To maintain all standard letters and documents to ensure that they are up to date and cite relevant legal principles where required.
- To ensure that all client work is progressed expeditiously, and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and on costs. To ensure that all matters are time recorded and billed promptly. To ensure that Ledgers are up to date.
- At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner.
- To ensure the confidentiality and security of all documentation and information of the practice and clients.
- To achieve agreed levels of billing and time recording. This is 3x your salary.
- To supervise as required junior members of the team and when allocated a paralegal/trainee to train these in department, in both working practices, legal issues and file management to ensure that they meet the standards of the firm and can operate as a fee earner.
- To ensure fees paid by LAA and private clients are used appropriately and in the best interest of the client.
- To maintain clear and precise communications with other personnel in the practice.
- To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations. To market the department and attract new business.
- To take responsibility for and attend to your own training needs and maintain a training record. To ensure that you complete all qualifications as and when required to maintain supervisor status.
- In conjunction with the practice, to comply with the relevant training requirements of the SRA/LAA and to assist with in-house and external training as may be required.
- In liaison with the Principal Solicitor, to be active in promoting the services of the practice
- To carry out any other duties and responsibilities that may be required by the Principal Solicitor. To maintain the practices commitment to equal opportunities. To meet the practices requirements in terms of health and safety.