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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.

Experience

  • 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. 

Qualifications 
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
Residential Conveyancer
  • Location Manchester
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £25 - £35 per hour
  • Reference 904425
  • Katie Beverley
    Description Urgently seeking a Residential Property Solicitor for an ongoing role in Manchester. Our client holds a fantastic and established reputation within Manchester and a local, repeat client base
Katie Beverley
Newly Qualified Contracts Solicitor
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £15 - £20 per hour
  • Reference 908412
  • Laura Hayward
    Description An exciting opportunity has arisen for a newly qualified Contracts Lawyer to join a friendly, well respected public sector organisation. The Contracts Lawyer role will be based in Oxfordshire
Laura Hayward
Contracts and Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Location Bristol
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £30 - £40 per hour
  • Reference 906451
  • Laura Hayward
    Description We are currently recruiting for an exciting opportunity for an experienced Contracts Lawyer to join a great higher education institute based in Bristol. The role will run until October 2018 and will
Laura Hayward
Deputy Head of Procurement
  • Location East Midlands
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £300 - £325 per day
  • Reference LC908576
  • Liam Cox
    Description Interim Deputy Head of Procurement My client are seeking an interim Deputy Head of Procurement for an initial period of 3 months (with likely extension). This is a crucial role in the organisation
Liam Cox
Residential Conveyancer
  • Location Aylesford
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £30 - £35 per hour
  • Reference 907997
  • Kieran Hughes
    Description Role: Locum Residential Conveyancer Location: Aylesford Dates: ASAP - Ongoing Rate: £25-£35 per hour The Role Urgently seeking an experienced Residential Conveyancer for a long term locum role based a
Kieran Hughes
Interim Accountant
  • Location Stoke on Trent
  • Job type Interim
  • Salary £18 - £24 per hour
  • Reference 907783
  • Jemma Bailey
    Description Sellick Partnership is exclusively recruiting for an Accountant to join a well-established business in Stoke on Trent on an interim basis. The company requires an experienced Accountant for a minimum
Jemma Bailey
Childcare Lawyer
  • Location North East England
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £30 - £40 per hour
  • Reference 907906
  • Laura Smith
    Description We are currently recruiting for an excellent opportunity for a Childcare Lawyer to join a fantastic local authority. The Childcare Lawyer role is based in market town in the North East with good
Laura Smith
AP Clerks - Immediate start!
  • Location Crewe
  • Job type Temporary
  • Salary £7.50 - £8.50 per hour
  • Reference 908583
  • Jemma Bailey
    Description Sellick Partnership are currently recruiting for two AP Clerks to join a busy finance team in Crewe. These clerks are required for the next few weeks and will be able to start immediately
Jemma Bailey
Commercial Property Lawyer
  • Location Northamptonshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £40 - £42 per hour
  • Reference M75493
  • Alexis Aarons
    Description Commercial Property Lawyer required to join local authority on an initial 3 month contract based in Northamptonshire. As a Commercial Property Lawyer, you will be dealing with a range of complex
Alexis Aarons
Company Commercial Solicitor
  • Location Barnsley
  • Job type Permanent
  • Salary £55,000 - £60,000 per annum
  • Reference 908326
  • Ross Wallace
    Description Our client, a multi accredited Legal 500 firm, is committed to providing quality, expert advice to Yorkshire. This regional leading firm are passionate and dedicated to building strong relationships
Ross Wallace
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