Job Title: Solicitor – Corporate NQ to 5-year PQE

Accountable to: Departmental Head

Responsible for: N/A

Job Summary

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An opportunity for an ambitious lawyer to become part of an established corporate team advising the OMB/SME market.

Largely transactional based with some commercial work for a large number of private companies. These incorporate startups into businesses with turnovers in excess of £100 million.

The successful candidate will receive appropriate support and training for their PQE.

The key purpose of the job holder’s role is to provide legal support and advice to clients. The job holder takes instructions from clients and advises on necessary courses of legal action.

To develop new business opportunities, together with nurturing and expanding existing client relationships.

To ensure that all business transactions are compliant with the SRA code of practice, as well as all other relevant regulatory bodies and are performed in a professional and responsive manner, which will enhance the firm’s reputation and is consistent with the high-quality service that RJS is committed to providing.

Main Responsibilities

The actual work carried out varies depending on the instruction taken. In general, however, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Meeting and interviewing clients to establish the firm’s suitability to provide the necessary advice and services based on the firm’s specialism and likely cost
  • Take client instructions and advise the client on the law and legal issues relating to their case
  • Drafting documents, letters and contracts tailored to the individual needs of the client
  • Negotiating with clients and other professionals to secure agreed objectives
  • Researching and analysing documents and case law to ensure advice and procedure accuracy
  • Supervising the implementation of agreements and coordinating the work of all parties involved
  • Corresponding with clients, other professional advisors and opposing solicitors
  • Arranging and attending necessary client meetings to progress the case and finalise documentation
  • Checking all documentation prior to signing and implementing
  • Take referrals from clients and pass them to the appropriate departmental head within the firm
  • Accepting referrals from other firms of solicitors and other professional advisors
  • Supervising and delegating work to trainee solicitors, paralegals and legal secretaries as appropriate
  • Calculating claims for damages, compensation, maintenance, etc
  • Keep up to date with changes and developments in the law by reading journals and law reports
  • Administrative duties, e.g. completing time sheets so that charges for work can be calculated and billing clients for work done on their behalf
  • Attending meetings and negotiations with opposing parties
  • Working in a team, sometimes referring cases to the Head of Department
  • Acting on behalf of clients in disputes and representing them in court, if necessary
  • instructing barristers or specialist advocates to appear in court for the client in complex disputes
  • Preparing papers for court
  • Ensuring generation of a minimum of 3x salary fee income on a bills paid basis, which should be reviewed and reported on a weekly basis with the Head of Department
  • Regularly reflect, identify and record learning needs to report Continuing Competence and complete an annual declaration to renew the practising certificate
  • Assisting the Head of Department, Solicitors and trainees as appropriate
  • Make a positive contribution towards departmental business growth
  • Supporting all colleagues

Person Specification

Method of assessment will be determined via the application form, during the interview, presentation and any tests undertaken as appropriate to the role

EducationPQE Solicitor 
KnowledgeSome experience in the speciality area 
Experience1. Proven track record in delivery and attainment of individual and group targets.
2. Client Relationships 
Skills and Attributes1. A professional approach to work
2. Instill client confidence
3. Demonstrate integrity and respect for confidentiality
4. Attention to detail & accuracy
5. Excellent written and oral communication skills
6. Commercial awareness and negotiating skills
7. Ability to plan/prioritise work cope with conflicting demands, and meet deadlines
8. Ability to delegate where required
9. Able to work and build effective working relationships across professional boundaries with other people and organisations
10. Analytical and problem-solving skills
11. Stamina and resilience.
12. A strong team player
13. IT skills – including Excel, Word and PowerPoint applications.
14. Full, clean driver’s licence 
Work-Related Circumstances1. Flexible, adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity that may exist to meet the needs of the service.
2. Demonstrates a ‘can do’ attitude and encourages team members to do the same