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Solicitor jobs

Once qualified, solicitors often specialise in one legal area such as family, litigation, property or tax. Solicitors working in commercial law firms advise large corporate clients on transactions or cases. They might draft the contracts for the construction of a new shopping centre or advise on the merger of one FTSE 100 company with another.

High street solicitors advise smaller companies and individuals on legal matters such as writing wills, property conveyancing, custody cases, divorce settlements and so on.

Basic information 

  • Salary bracket: £25,000 to £40,000 (perm), or £25 to £50 per hour (temp/locum), depending on location and experience.
  • Contract basis: locum and permanent roles.
  • Job location: Across the UK – including Manchester, Stoke, Derby, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and London.
  • Working hours: full or part time.

Key responsibilities of a solicitor 
This will be dependent on the area of law you decide to specialise in. As a minimum in the majority of cases, the typical workload of a solicitor will involve

  • Giving legal advice
  • Researching cases and legislation
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Liaising with clients and other professionals such as barristers
  • Representing clients in court
  • Advise a client on the law and legal issues relating to their case
  • Draft documents, letters and contracts tailored to the client's individual needs
  • Supervise the implementation of agreements
  • Attend meetings and negotiations with opposing parties
  • Act on behalf of clients in disputes and represent them in court, if necessary
  • Supervise and delegate work to trainee solicitors, paralegals and legal secretaries as appropriate
  • Keep up-to-date with changes and developments in the law by reading journals and law reports.

Types of law
Solicitors can specialise in numerous practice areas and these can often determine the firms you apply to when you graduate.

Core areas of law include European Union (EU), constitutional, contract, criminal, land, public and tort law but these are by no means your only options.

Sellick Partnership concentrate on the following core areas in which you can specialise:

  • Residential property
  • Commercial property
  • Family law
  • Litigation

What skills do you need to be a solicitor? 
The experience required to enter into a role as a solicitor is dependent on the type of organisation, and the qualifications a candidate has. Many firms offer training that can be completed while you are in the role. 

  • Ability to make important decisions quickly.
  • Communicating well, both orally and in writing 
  • Problem-solving
  • Analytical skills.


  • Qualified solicitor
  • Proven experience 
  • Experience of managing a caseload of public cases under minimum supervision
  • Experience of conducting advocacy (where applicable)
  • Any previous experience of attending public law outline of legal planning meetings would be highly beneficial. 

The qualifications required to be a solicitor will depend on the organisation that is hiring, and the specific duties the candidate will be expected to carry out. Commonly, candidates will become a solicitor through studying law at university, before taking the Legal Practice Course (LPC). However, this is not restricted to all legal professionals, some may study a non-law degree, then take the Common Professional Examination, or the Graduate Diploma in Law conversion course before doing the LPC. 

Alternatively you would need to complete a training contract to qualify as a solicitor or qualify as a legal executive through the Cilex route. 

Person specification 
Solicitors are expected to have the following characteristics:

  • Strong dedication to their work
  • Great communication skills
  • Good judgement
  • An analytical mind 
  • Research skills 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Perseverance.

Working hours/benefits many organisations offer

Long working hours are common. During busy periods you will be expected to work 12-hour days and weekend work may be occasionally required. Solicitors in the largest City firms tend to work unsocial and longer hours on a more regular basis.

Part-time work and career breaks are possible.

Looking for a new role? 

If you are looking for a new role within the legal sector, Sellick Partnership can offer advice and assistance in finding the ideal job for you. Speak to a member of the team Sellick Partnership is recruiting for a number of solicitor jobs throughout the UK.

Due to our knowledge of the legal sector, we have become the preferred supplier for a number of leading organisations across the country. We take a consultative approach that seeks to place candidates in solicitor jobs that suit their skills, experience, personality and lifestyle.

We are currently seeking professionals for solicitor jobs at all levels, including partners, senior solicitors, solicitors/lawyers and in-house solicitors. Areas of law that we recruit for include employment, family and childcare law, litigation, personal injury, property, planning and conveyancing.

If you are looking for a new job, Sellick Partnership has roles on a locum, contract and permanent basis. Use the table below to narrow down your search to your local area.

Latest jobs
Property Paralegal
  • Location Nottingham
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £13 - £18 per hour
  • Reference M85082
  • Natalie Atherall
    Description Sellick Partnership have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Property Paralegal to join a busy Local Authority based in the Nottinghamshire area on a locum basis
Natalie Atherall
Information Governance Locum
  • Location Greater Manchester
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £250 - £300 per day
  • Reference M85085
  • Kiran Purewal
    Description We are currently recruiting for a fantastic opportunity for an Information Governance Professional to join a great public sector organisation. The Information Governance role is located in central
Kiran Purewal
HR Advisor
  • Location Lancaster
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £21,585 - £24,983 per annum
  • Reference JF905763
  • John Fox
    Description Human Resources Advisor Salary: £21,585 to £24,983 plus attractive benefits package Location: Lancaster Duration: 11 month FTC (Possibility to become Permanent) Human Resources Advisor required to
John Fox
Information Governance Officer
  • Location Lincoln
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £25 - £35 per hour
  • Reference M85084
  • Natalie Atherall
    Description Sellick Partnership have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Information Governance Officer to join a Local Authority based in Lincolnshire on a locum basis
Natalie Atherall
Childcare Legal Officer
  • Location Lincolnshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £9 - £15 per hour
  • Reference M85080
  • Natalie Atherall
    Description Childcare Legal Assistant required to join a well-regarded Local Authority legal team based in Lincolnshire for an initial 3 month period. This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic paralegal
Natalie Atherall
Property Lawyer
  • Location Nottingham
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £34 - £42 per hour
  • Reference M85083
  • Natalie Atherall
    Description Sellick Partnership have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Commercial Property Lawyer to join a busy Local Sellick Partnership have a fantastic opportunity for an experience Commercial
Natalie Atherall
Payroll Clerk
  • Location Warrington
  • Job type Temporary
  • Salary £18,000 - £20,000 per annum + DOE
  • Reference L905697A
  • Lindsay Richey
    Description One of our established clients based in Warrington is looking to recruit a Payroll Clerk initially on a temporary basis due to expansion within the department. Key responsibilities for the Payroll
Lindsay Richey
Childcare Lawyer
  • Location Lincolnshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £35 - £40 per hour
  • Reference M85081
  • Natalie Atherall
    Description Childcare Lawyer required to join a Local Authority based in Lincolnshire for an initial 3 month period. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to work as part of a fast-paced
Natalie Atherall
Management Accountant
  • Location Salford
  • Job type Permanent
  • Salary £35,000 - £40,000 per annum + Pension, Parking, Annual Bonus
  • Reference 905760
  • Martin Parr
    Description Excellent newly created role for an experienced Management Accountant with previous exposure working within a housing association. Reporting to the Finance Director and taking ownership of a new
Martin Parr
Gas Engineer
  • Location Northampton
  • Job type Temporary
  • Salary £Competitive
  • Reference KHGE
  • Kirstie Hopkins
    Description Gas Engineer Sellick Partnership are working with an organisation based in Northamptonshire who are seeking an experienced Gas Engineer to join their team on an interim basis
Kirstie Hopkins
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