23rd May 2024We have a vacancy for a Solicitor – Corporate NQ to 5-year PQE

Accountable to: Departmental Head

Responsible for: N/A

Job Summary

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.

For more information about this role, please click on this link: https://bit.ly/3wPz2oi

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23rd May 2024—In addition to the training contracts below, we have an immediate vacancy for a Paralegal Trainee Solicitor

Job Title:                         Paralegal – Trainee Solicitor

Accountable to:              Departmental Heads

Responsible for:              N/A

Job Summary

This role is for a Paralegal moving to a trainee contract after a successful 6-month probation. The trainee solicitor will undergo the training, guidance, and experience necessary via a comprehensive program of training to enable them to apply and develop the Practice Skills Standards mandated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority required to be outstanding solicitors.

Main Responsibilities

During the Paralegal role and the training contract the successful candidate will be instructed and supervised to undertake a variety of duties to reflect the nature of the instruction taken.

The individual must comply with the procedures and standards set out in the Office Procedures Manual and with all relevant or appropriate professional and training standards, keeping a proper record of work done and training received.

The training program is designed to equip the individual to perform the necessary tasks with assurance and confidence. In general, typical tasks may include the following:

  • Assist in taking client’s instructions and advising clients on the law and legal issues relating to their matter
  • Drafting first-draft documents, letters and contracts tailored to the individual needs of the client
  • Researching and analysing documents and case law.
  • Supervising the implementation of agreements and coordinating the work of all parties involved
  • Corresponding with clients, other professional advisors
  • Arranging and attending necessary client meetings to progress the matter and finalise documentation.
  • Checking all documentation prior to signing and implementing
  • Take referrals from clients and pass them to the appropriate department heads within the firm
  • Accepting referrals from other firms of solicitors and other professional advisors
  • 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
  • Working in a team and assisting colleagues in other departments when required
  • Review files in preparation for archiving
  • Regularly reflect, identify and record learning needs with the supervising solicitor
  • Make a positive contribution towards departmental business growth
  • Supporting all colleagues

Please send your application to donna.parr@rjssolicitors.com

Vacancies 2024

RJS Solicitors offers trainee opportunities on a twice-annual intake basis. Training contracts begin in March and September every year for appropriately qualified external applicants.

For applicants who may wish to join us in March, we ask that their application be submitted this year by the end of January 2024.

For applicants wanting to join us in September, we ask their application be submitted by March 15 2024.

RJS provides legal advice to businesses and their owners; our clients range from start-ups to quoted PLCs. 

We regularly work alongside national and regional practices. 

We offer training across our four practice areas: corporate, disputes, real estate and private clients. 

You will be actively involved with client matters and will have the opportunity to participate in all areas of the business. 

Please send your application to donna.parr@rjssolicitors.com

The best training experience possible:

We have implemented what we believe is a balanced introduction to the profession, ensuring the bespoke needs of the individual alongside the requirements of our firm. We provide a bespoke training period with high-end technical training alongside real client experience.

Induction

We provide full details of the practice, what we do, and how we work. This involves full training in our case and file management systems and the firm’s working practices.

Salary

Our trainee salaries are subject to review on an annual basis. We always exceed the Law Society minimum recommendation.

Entry requirements

Generally, we seek a minimum 2:1 in any degree (or equivalent) and an expected or achieved pass in either the LPC or SQE1 and 2.

We will consider applications outside of these requirements where there are alternative factors to consider, such as specific experience.

Training and seat rotation

You will enjoy the chance to build both the technical legal skills and complementary skills you need to become a newly qualified Solicitor. We believe we provide quite a unique environment in bringing high-level technical knowledge alongside real-life and practical business advice and support.

Throughout your training contract, you will gain broad exposure to different areas of the firm. While each contract is bespoke, this will generally be done by moving seats approximately every six months. The training in each seat is ‘front-loaded’ to enable you to quickly develop legal knowledge of each area and take on real responsibility. We ensure that your personal preferences and/or previous experiences are taken into account wherever possible when we plan your seat.

The Training principal and our COO will support you throughout your Training Contract, meeting with you each month to offer personal or professional support and guidance.  They will also ensure that you are meeting all of your learning and development goals.

What we’re looking for:

A focus on detail

With a conscientious approach, you will have the ability to digest and retain significant details.  You will need to communicate clearly and accurately both in written and verbal communication. Finally, you will also need to be able to interact well with people both internally and externally.

An interest in business

We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up to date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.

Confidence

With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.

Intellectual capability

You will need an analytical approach to be able to consider and evaluate a variety of opinions or views, apply those views to situations and form your own balanced or persuasive opinions on the facts at hand.

Personal drive

You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition, and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience so you can be even better next time.

Personal responsibility

Taking responsibility is at our core.  You will understand that this allows you to consistently improve and achieve your career aims. It also allows you to make the most of your personal drive to reach high-performance levels.

Self-organisation

You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.

Our recruitment process:

We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome no more than three months after the application deadline. The process shown below shows a typical recruitment and selection process. You’ll be given full details of the process in relation to your own recruitment as appropriate.

Application

Apply by sending a CV and cover letter to Mrs D Parr at donna.parr@rjssolicitors.com

Online assessment

After the deadline, we’ll review all applications, and if you’re one of the ones who best meet our requirements, we’ll ask you to take an online psychometric test.

Partner Interview

If you pass the online assessment, you’ll be invited for an interview with a Partner/Director.

Offer of a placement

After the Partner review, we’ll look at your performance in all areas, and if you’re one of the people who best meet our core capabilities, we’ll offer you a Training Contract.

Qualification and beyond:

Trainee retention

We aim to recruit high-quality Trainees and focus on recruiting Trainees with a view to being able to retain all of our Trainees.  We believe it is essential that we grow organically, and training and retaining our NQ Trainees is a core part of our business plan. We carefully control the number of Trainees in the business to maximise retention. Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further and allow you to quickly learn and develop.

Newly Qualified (NQ) selection process

We run a fair and transparent NQ selection process across the Firm. The recruitment process is centrally managed and includes interviews and technical skills assessments. Our Training Principal and COO work with the business to identify the right candidates and the appropriate seats at the right time for each individual to maximize the opportunities available.

Continuous professional development

After qualification, you can look forward to a variety of development opportunities that will enable you to become a specialist in your chosen area. Within each team, we look to ensure training is made available on a regular basis, as well as supporting individuals with their own short-term and long-term training and career goals.