Associate/Senior Associate - Estates Trusts and Wills Disputes - Birmingham

Vacancy ID

013009

Status

Permanent

Preferred location

Vacancy type

Qualified Lawyer
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The Role

We need a solicitor to join the Estate, Trust & Will Disputes team based in Birmingham.  You will work closely with and under the supervision of Lucy Howard, Partner, who is based in Birmingham.Depending on experience, you will be working under supervision, and 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; proprietary estoppel claims; claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; removal of executors and trustee; breach of trust claims; applications pursuant to part 64 of the Civil Procedure Rules; rectification and construction of wills or trust documents; legacy disputes; professional negligence actions; 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.Although you will be based in Birmingham, you will have the opportunity of working closely with the wider national Estate, Trust and Will Disputes team and will assist with delivering a service nationally across all six of the firm‘s offices.

Reasons for applying

This is an ideal opportunity to develop your career working in a supervised environment for a growing national firm, listed for a record 18 years as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. Mills & Reeve has been named as one of the top law firms in the UK for the fifth year running. For contentious trusts 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.

Experience needed for the role

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

Essential

You will possess good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent and good A levels or equivalents. You will have good attention to detail, and a commitment to offering professional service at the highest level.  You should have high quality analytical skills, be able to turn detailed analysis into user-friendly advice for clients (external and internal), be commercially aware and have common sense. You will demonstrate initiative, commitment and have a pro-active approach to work.  Numeracy is key, too.Other skills and attributes requiredYou will be technically strong, possess excellent drafting and written communications skills, have strong interpersonal skills and team skills.  You will have a systematic and methodical approach to work, be able to work to tight timelines, and be able to demonstrate these skills, including effective time and paper management skills.  You will be able to make legal and or commercial judgements and offer practical advice.  You will be a strong team player and able to demonstrate flexibility to work with several team members.  Finally, you will have an interest in and willingness to participate in business development activities 

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 access your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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Benefits

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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