Senior Associate/ Associate - Family

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Associate/Senior Associate - Family National Service Line (NSL)

Birmingham office, permanent

What does the role involve?We are looking for a family associate to join our Birmingham offices to undertake private family law work serving an exclusively privately paying client base with an emphasis on complex children law matters and financial work and complex cases for professionals and high net worth individuals.

What experience is required?

1-5 years PQE with training and experience in family law gained within a regional or City firm.

What skills and attributes would I need?

Good academics 2.1 degree or equivalent and A levels (A,A,C) or equivalentExcellent communication skills including written English for drafting purposesAbility to build relationships with multipliers, clients and potential clientsExcellent interpersonal and team skillsGood time management skills, able to prioritise work load and meet time linesNumeracy

Why should I apply?

The work is varied and interesting, and this is an ideal opportunity to develop your career with a highly ranked national law firm working within an effective team structure. We have an outstanding national training programme within the family NSL, and we ensure that all of our team develop and grow within their roles.We are ranked top tier in both Legal 500 and Chambers as well as in all of our other offices in London, Norwich, Cambridge, Manchester and Leeds.  We have an established reputation in Birmingham with plans to grow and we are focused on developing our profile over the next few years.  This role would support the existing team.Who would I be working with?Based in Birmingham, you will work with Principal Associate Katherine Kennedy and other members of the Family team in that office and also as part of the wider cross office Family National Service Line (€œNSL€) headed up by Nick Stone. The Family NSL is supported by a professional support lawyer.
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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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