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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
Floorer
  • Location Retford
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £Competitive
  • Reference BH909502
  • Bethan Hall
    Description Floorer Temporary- Permanent Retford Sellick Partnership are working with an organisation based in Retford who are currently recruiting for a Floorer to work on social housing properties
Bethan Hall
Personal Injury Fee Earner
  • Location South Yorkshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £18,000 - £20,000 per annum
  • Reference 907606
  • Kieran Hughes
    Description I am currently recruiting for a well-established firm in South Yorkshire, who are looking for an experienced Personal Injury Fee Earner to complete a 6 month+ fixed term contract
Kieran Hughes
Newly Qualified Solicitor
  • Location East Midlands
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £15 - £30 per hour
  • Reference M344532
  • Sara Robinson
    Description Calling all newly qualified solicitors! Are you looking to get into Public Sector? Sellick Partnership have a number of locum roles that may be suitable for you. We are interested in hearing from
Sara Robinson
Pensions Manager
  • Location Durham
  • Job type Permanent
  • Salary £50,000 - £53,000 per annum
  • Reference 909514
  • Helen Dodds
    Description I'm currently assisting my client with the recruitment of a permanent Pensions Manager. You'd be working for a Local Authority in the North East which has a proud tradition of delivering services and
Helen Dodds
Treasury and Finance Manager
  • Location Abergele
  • Job type Permanent
  • Salary £35,000 - £43,000 per annum + DOE
  • Reference L909497
  • Alice Cresswell-Hogg
    Description A unique opportunity has arisen for a Treasury and Finance Manager to join a growing organisation in Abergele on a permanent basis. The purpose of the Treasury and Finance Manager role is to provide
Alice Cresswell-Hogg
Admin Assistant
  • Location Gainsborough
  • Job type Permanent
  • Salary £Competitive
  • Reference BH908823
  • Bethan Hall
    Description Admin Assistant Part Time, Permanent Gainsborough Sellick Partnership are working with a reputable organisation based in Gainsborough who are looking to recruit to an Admin Assistant to join their
Bethan Hall
Electrician
  • Location Gainsborough
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £Competitive
  • Reference BHGA909501
  • Bethan Hall
    Description Electrician Temporary- Permanent Gainsborough Sellick Partnership are working with an organisation based in Gainsborough who are currently recruiting for an Electrician to work on social housing
Bethan Hall
Multi-Skilled Operative
  • Location Shrewsbury
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £Competitive
  • Reference KW909500
  • Description Multi-Skilled Operative Full time, temporary Our client, a leading housing association is looking for an experienced Multi-Skilled Operative to join their team on a temporary basis in the Shrewsbury
Rent Service Officer x2
  • Location East Midlands
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £20,000 - £22,000 per annum
  • Reference LC909524
  • Liam Cox
    Description Rent Service Officer x2 My client are currently seeking 2 Rent Service Officers to join their successful Rents team. This is a crucial role in the organisation, and gives the successful applicant the
Liam Cox
Private Client Solicitor
  • Location London
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £35 - £40 per hour
  • Reference 909525
  • Kieran Hughes
    Description Our client a very approachable, professional, Private Practice whom have a fantastic reputation in the local area of Greater London are looking for a Private Client Solicitor locum who has extensive
Kieran Hughes
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