Professional Support Lawyer - Private Client

Vacancy ID

011349

Status

Permanent

Preferred location

Vacancy type

Qualified Lawyer
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The role

We are seeking a solicitor to provide professional legal support to lawyers working in our Private Client National Service Line. The key results areas, and activities that underpin them, are as follows, although the PSL will have considerable discretion in liaison with the NSL Leader and Director of Knowledge Learning and Development ("KLD") to decide what activities will best achieve the required outcomes.

Lawyer capability

Mills & Reeve remains competitive by ensuring that its lawyers gain experience as rapidly as possible. In this way, they are able to advise on more complex matters more quickly and charge fees that reflect the value of advice provided. The PSL has a key role, working with the NSL Leader and wider KLD team, in providing the support needed to facilitate this process, be it through training, checklists,  online learning, peer group learning etc.  The PSL will be involved in arranging an annual training conference.

Know how

The management and maintenance of knowhow so as to allow fee earners to increase their personal efficiency and effectiveness is key to reducing costs to clients and fee earners‘ non-billable time. The PSL has a critical role in ensuring that know how is organised and accessible to fee earners to achieve these outcomes.  Outstanding IT skills and an ability to think innovatively are necessary to ensure this.  Key activities will include maintaining precedents, presenting practice notes, briefings and guidance in ways that are easy for fee earners to access, together with identifying how best to use paid for resources such as Westlaw and Practical Law.

Effective Working

Supporting fee earners in effective working practices is critical to providing clients with consistent, cost effective legal advice. The PSL, with the support of others, will play a key role in supporting effective working projects and operationalising their outputs. On an ongoing basis the PSL will be responsible for supporting the NSL Leader in ensuring that technologies such as eDesk and efiling are used to best effect within the NSL and good working practices are shared across the NSL.

Technical training

The quality of Mills & Reeve‘s technical expertise is seen to be a key differentiator in terms of winning high net worth clients and charging premium rates. To achieve this high-level technical training, sessions will be provided by internal or external speakers including barristers from 10 Old Square, or other Chambers as agreed. The role of the PSL is to ensure that these sessions best meet the NSL‘s needs for technical training that cannot be met through existing in-house resources. The PSL will identify needs within the NSL, liaise with speakers as to the format and coverage of sessions, and gather feedback on those sessions to ensure these outcomes are achieved.

National Profile

Maintaining and enhancing the firm‘s national reputation within the private wealth sector is a key part of its strategy to attract and retain clients. The PSL may be involved in supporting the generation of content to be distributed through the press, blogs, social media, newsletters and other digital channels.The role is a national one, and may be based in any of our offices.  Wherever the PSL is based, there will be a need to travel to the other offices.

Working hours

A commitment of up to 25 hours per week is envisaged.  There is flexibility around how the role is resourced in terms of spreading the working hours across days, and start and finish times, and there is flexibility around a mixture of office and home working.

The Team

All PSLs report to Trevor Comyn, Director of Knowledge, Learning & Development.  You will also work closely with the head of the Private Tax NSL, Chris Belcher, and head of the Private Wealth Sector, Andrew Playle.

Reasons for applying

This role would potentially suit an applicant looking for a challenging position but one with flexible working hours to fit around other commitments.  It is an ideal opportunity to utilise your skills and experience with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in each of the last 17 years - being the only law firm to have achieved this.

Experience, skills and attributes required

You will be a private client solicitor, with a good understanding and knowledge of the needs of clients in the private wealth sector. You will have worked in a law firm as a solicitor, but may also have other relevant sector experience.Qualified solicitor - at least four years PQEGood academics - 2.1 degree or equivalentOutstanding IT skills in terms of knowledge management and dissemination of informationKnowledge and experience of private client law and practice and of the private wealth sectorEnthusiastic, committed and professional approach to improving the legal knowledge and skills of fee- earnerswithin the private tax NSLGood communication and interpersonal skills with ability to communicate at all levelsA desire to be involved in developing the private client practice
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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 providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding diversity and inclusion at Mills & Reeve.

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