Associate - Estate, Will and Trust Disputes

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Qualified Lawyer
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The Role

We need a solicitor at Associate or Senior associate level to join the Estate, Trust & Will Disputes Team based in Norwich OR Cambridge.  You will work closely with, and under the supervision of David Catchpole, Partner, who is based in Norwich, and Lucy Howard, Partner, who is based in Birmingham.Working under supervision, the role will include dealing with a wide range of contentious issues relating to wills and trusts, including Invalidity of wills on grounds of undue influence, improper execution, lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval. Propriety estoppel claims. Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Removal of executors and trustees. Breach of trust. Applications pursuant to part 64 of the Civil Procedure Rules. Rectification and construction of wills or trust documents. Legacy disputes. Claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Court of Protection claims, including applications for statutory wills.The role will involve acting for a wide range of clients, including but not limited to private clients, trust companies, educational establishments, professional indemnity insurers, charities, business owners and high net worth individuals.You will work closely with Estate, Trust and Will Disputes colleagues based in Birmingham, Manchester and Norwich but will assist with delivering a service nationally across all six of the firm‘s offices.

Why should I apply?

This is an ideal opportunity to develop your career working in a supervised environment for a growing national firm, listed for a record 17 years as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.  Mills & Reeve was named as one of the top law firms in the UK for fifth year running.For contentious trust and probate work, we are ranked in Legal 500 as Tier 1 in East Anglia and the North West, Tier 3 in West Midlands, and Tier 4 in London.

What experience is required?

You will be 2+ year‘s PQE qualified in estate, trust and will disputes work gained in a City or large regional firm recognised for this practice area.

Person specification

Good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent and good A levels or equivalents. Technically strong. Excellent drafting and written communications skills. Strong interpersonal skills and team skills. Systematic and methodical approach to work with ability to demonstrate these skills. Good time and paper management skills. Commitment to offering professional service at the highest level. High quality analytical skills. Able to turn detailed analysis into user-friendly advice for clients (external and internal). Commercial awareness and common sense. Potential ability to make legal/commercial judgements and offer practical advice. Initiative, commitment and pro-active approach to work. Numeracy. Interest and willingness to in participate in business development activities.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.

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