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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
Senior Planning Lawyer
  • Location London
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £33 - £40 per hour
  • Reference M74684
  • Kate Wilkinson
    Description Senior Planning Lawyer required to join a local authority organisation based in London for an initial 6 month period. On a day to day basis you will use your excellent legal knowledge of local
Kate Wilkinson
Childcare Paralegal
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £14 - £15 per hour
  • Reference M74685
  • Chelsey Newsom
    Description Childcare Paralegal required to join a local authority based in Hertfordshire for an initial 3 month period. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience within a large and well developed
Chelsey Newsom
Childcare Solicitor
  • Location Cumbria
  • Job type Part time
  • Salary £Competitive
  • Reference CW906388
  • Catherine Wasilewski
    Description With a fantastic reputation in Family Law, our client provides a professional and friendly service that exceeds expectations within Cumbria. With this in mind this firm are looking to recruit a
Catherine Wasilewski
Accountant
  • Location Warrington
  • Job type Permanent
  • Salary Up to £30,000 per annum
  • Reference L906408
  • Lindsay Richey
    Description A role has arisen for one of our clients based in Warrington for an Accountant. The role will be based within the finance team and you will report to the Finance Manager
Lindsay Richey
Childcare Lawyer
  • Location London
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £25 - £31 per hour
  • Reference M74687
  • Rayhaneh Tehrani
    Description Childcare Lawyer required for an initial 3 month period to join a local authority based in London. This local authority is seeking a candidate with previous childcare experience to undertake a full
Rayhaneh Tehrani
Commercial Property Paralegal
  • Location Hampshire
  • Job type Contract
  • Salary £13 - £17 per hour
  • Reference M84656
  • Laura Hayward
    Description We are recruiting for an exciting opportunity for a Commercial Property Paralegal / Junior Lawyer to join a great local authority. The Commercial Property Paralegal role will be based in Hampshire
Laura Hayward
Childcare Lawyer
  • Location Surrey
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £25 - £32 per hour
  • Reference M74686
  • Rayhaneh Tehrani
    Description Childcare Lawyer required for an initial 3 month period to join a local authority based in Surrey. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to undertake a busy Childcare role within a popular
Rayhaneh Tehrani
Newly Qualified Solicitors
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £18 - £23 per hour
  • Reference 906159
  • Laura Hayward
    Description This is an excellent opportunity for a Newly Qualified Solicitor who has had a commercial contracts seat to join a fantastic organisation and expand on their experiences
Laura Hayward
Conveyancing Locum
  • Location West Sussex
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £26 - £30 per hour
  • Reference M74683
  • Jessica Furlong
    Description Conveyancer required to join a local authority based in West Sussex. This role is expected to run for up to a 10 month period for the right candidate. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake
Jessica Furlong
Childcare Lawyer
  • Location West Midlands
  • Job type Locum
  • Salary £30 - £35 per hour
  • Reference M856013
  • Kate Jasper
    Description Sellick Partnership are currently recruiting for a fantastic opportunity for a Childcare Lawyer to join a great local authority. The Childcare Lawyer role is based within the West Midlands area
Kate Jasper
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