Professional Support Lawyer - Private Client
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The roleWe 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 capabilityMills & 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 howThe 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 WorkingSupporting 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 trainingThe 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 ProfileMaintaining 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 hoursA 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 TeamAll 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 applyingThis 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 requiredYou 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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