Family & Matrimonial - Private Law Children Solicitor

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The role

IBB is Heathrow’s closest major law firm and a Thames Valley heavyweight. It is a full-service firm, working for clients all over the South East of England. IBB has three offices, one in each of Uxbridge and Reading for corporate, charity, employment, IT/IP, real estate, private client and community legal services, the other in South Bucks for private clients. IBB boasts one of the region’s largest real estate teams outside of London and a corporate team working with UK headquarters of multinationals and large SMEs based in the South East. IBB handles complex work with great attention to detail and high-quality client service. The firm has a clear vision to understand what our clients want and to deliver the best service possible through our legal professionals, support staff and technology.

Our Private Client group is based across our Uxbridge and Chesham Offices. The Group Head for Private Client is Amanda Melton who also Heads the Family Team.

IBB’s family team covers a range of privately funded work representing clients on all aspects of divorce, financial remedy, private children’s issues, cohabitee disputes and pre-and post-nuptial agreements. Vicky Preece, Consultant, leads the Children Team, which now requires a solicitor to join the team.

Kate Ryan and Jolene Hutchison are Partners in the Team both undertaking mainly Divorce and Finance work and Vicky leads on children work. Salima Mawji, Consultant leads the Education Law team whilst Amanda also leads the contentious probate offering.

The wider Private Client group is recognised as a regional heavyweight and includes a specialist Estate Planning team, and a specialist High Net Worth Residential Property team both headed by partners.

Job Purpose

This role is to provide assistance and support to the Children Team. At an operational level this role will be about working as a solicitor supporting the current team covering both the Uxbridge and Chesham offices and assisting the team in managing the smooth running of their caseloads. The successful candidate will be expected to run their own caseload and also assist the more senior members of the team with their caseloads adopting a team approach.

Principal Responsibilities

Provide a high-quality legal service to clients of the firm to include processing new and existing instructions covering all aspects of predominantly private law children work.

Contribute to the operations of the team by: managing personal billing and administration processes in line with team procedures; taking responsibility for delegating work to the paralegal(s) where appropriate; providing support for others in the team where appropriate; and working on ad hoc projects as and when required.

Develop your own personal reputation and team/firm reputation for providing a top-quality specialist service by joining in on BD initiatives, supporting IBB/team/group events, article writing, joining relevant associations and seeking out positions of responsibility to support your personal and team ambitions.

Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills so that: work is prioritised and progressed; you demonstrate a balance of working on your own initiative and seeking advice or guidance; your supervisor is aware of your workload and specific issues which arise on your matters and you maintain a flexible and proactive approach to work.

Candidate specification

A solicitor with experience in family law work, specifically dealing with Children Act proceedings (c3 years’ PQE indicative)

Hold accreditation or working towards either the Law Society Children Panel or Resolution Specialist Accreditation in a relevant area would be desirable

Experience of conducting own advocacy in the Family Court would be helpful.

History of sound personal billing.

Good technical grounding and a passion for this practice area.

Flexible with the ability to work to tight deadlines whilst maintaining the highest quality standards and attention to detail.

IT literate and self-sufficient in using document management systems, MS Office and the internet as a business tool.

How to apply

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