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Recruitment

We are currently recruiting for a Family Law Solicitor (with particular strength and experience with financial remedy claims), a Private Client Solicitor, a Conveyancing/Property Solicitor or an experienced Residential Conveyancer and x2 Legal Secretaries (Family Law Dept. and Conveyancing Dept.) so if you're looking for a new opportunity and you have the skills and experience required, please e-mail your CV to rosiehowarth@susanhowarthsolicitors.co.uk

We're looking for someone confident, presentable people with a strong work ethic, a commitment to deliver a high-quality legal service to our valued clients and a willingness to go the extra mile.

We value personality, compassion, flexibility, enthusiasm, initiative and loyalty.

Read on for more details:

Who are we?

Susan Howarth & Co. Solicitors is proud to be an independent, market town practice which was established in 1997 with the belief that everyone has a right to access justice.

With a commitment to deliver the highest quality of service to all clients, we offer high-quality legal advice in Family Law, Commercial & Residential Property and Wills, Trusts & Probate incl. Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection.

Regardless of size and geography, we’ve proved that recognition for expert legal advice, client care and excellence in service delivery can be achieved with the right goals and ambition.

Our expertise is independently recognised, including:

  • Ranked as a Band 2 legal practice in the Chambers & Partners UK legal guide
  • Directors Susan Howarth and Victoria Poole are both also ranked as Band 2 and Band 1 Notable Practitioners respectively by Chambers & Partners UK
  • Ranked as a Band 3 Leading Family Law Firm in The Legal 500 directory
  • Susan Howarth ranked as a Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years by the Legal 500 before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2023
  • Accredited by the Law Society for Family Law and Children Law
  • Family Law teams staff are members of Resolution, the leading professional network for family lawyers
  • Lexcel-accredited for more than 11 years, for excellence in practice management
  • Winning Best Family and Childcare Law firm 2022 and 2023 in the AI Legal Awards
  • Finalists of the Lexis Nexis Family Law Firm of the Year (North) for 2 consecutive years

We can offer clients in-house family mediation services and we have a specialist Resolution-trained Family Mediator who is also a Resolution-accredited Specialist in Domestic Violence and Children Law (private) and an FMC-accredited Family Mediator (all issues).​

Community-focussed and forward-thinking, we pride ourself on our people and promote organic growth.

We adopt a down-to-earth ‘all hands to the pump’ approach to working within the firm, which includes participation in practice marketing and staff events - we’re a friendly office with a family feel and an open-door policy for all.

The role: Senior Family Law Solicitor

This position will suit individuals who, like us, highly value customer service.  With a hands-on, flexible and can-do attitude, applicants should have a proven track record and a team player mentality.  The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Extensive experience in financial remedy claims.
  • Capable of covering a full case load of work to include – financial remedy claims, divorce, civil partnership, pre/post nuptial agreements, separation agreements, cohabitation agreements, TOLATA. 
  • Experience in court advocacy.
  • A panel membership or working towards panel membership (law society advanced panel, resolution accreditation).
  • Strong organisational skills with demonstrable, STA and Lexcel procedural compliance.
  • Extensive customer service and/or client-facing experience.
  • Computer-literacy and experience using Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Outlook (e-mails, appointment booking etc) and case management systems - additional database knowledge or experience is advantageous.
  • Strong time management and prioritisation skills
  • A professional and confident manner, combined with a personable and approachable attitude.
  • A positive, productive and proactive approach to work.
  • The ability to use your own initiative and undertake new tasks.
  • A willingness to learn and apply new skills.
  • A smart and presentable appearance.
  • Knowledge of legal aid – preferred but not essential as training can be given.

What is required?

We are seeking a fee earner who ideally has a minimum of 5+ years PQE with previous experience of handling their own case load, covering all aspects of family law and with proven strength and experience with financial remedies. This is primarily an office-based position due to the nature of the team set-up, however some flexibility may be considered.

Salary

Dependant on experience.

Benefits

  • Pension, On-site parking, Holiday entitlement - 20 days (increasing after 2 years of service by 1 day per year of service up to a maximum of 25) + Christmas shutdown from 5pm on the last working day before Christmas to the first working day of the new year, plus birthday off and sick pay (10 days paid sick leave), both of which applicable after 1 completed year of employment.

 

The role: Senior Private Client Solicitor (Wills, Trusts & Probate)

A new exciting opportunity has arisen for a Private Client Solicitor to join our firm.

As a Solicitor in the Private Client Department, you will provide a profitable contribution to the work of the department through the achievement of agreed financial and non-financial targets, and will help ensure the successful development of the firm in line with the firm’s business plan and any agreed personal goal plan.

This position will suit individuals who, like us, highly value customer service.  With a hands-on, flexible and can-do attitude, applicants should have a proven track record and a team player mentality.  The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Managing a case load of Wills, Probate, Power of Attorney and where appropriate Court of Protection and Deputyship, also advising on a range of services for the elderly.
  • Maintaining efficient file management in accordance with set procedure and in compliance at all times with Lexcel, Law Society and SRA requirements.
  • Achieving of fee earning and time recording targets. as agreed with management.
  • Managing business development and marketing responsibilities.
  • Building and maintaining strong client relationships.
  • Supervising and mentoring junior members of the Private Client team.
  • Maintaining the annual WIQS accreditation

What is required?

We are seeking a Senior Solicitor or Legal Executive who ideally has a minimum of 5+ years PQE (ideally with STEP qualification) with substantial experience of handling their own case load, covering all aspects of Private Client Law. This is primarily an office-based position due to the nature of the team set-up, however some flexibility may be considered.

Salary

Negotiable, depending on experience

Benefits

Pension, On-site parking, Holiday entitlement - 20 days (increasing after 2 years of service by 1 day per year of service up to a maximum of 25) + Christmas shutdown from 5pm on the last working day before Christmas to the first working day of the new year, plus birthday off and sick pay (10 days paid sick leave), both of which applicable after 1 completed year of employment.

 

The role: Conveyancing Solicitor / Residential Conveyancer

The role

A new exciting opportunity has arisen for a Conveyancing Solicitor to join our Property Department, handling primarily residential conveyancing but with a potential opportunity to develop commercial conveyancing.

This role will suit an ambitious fee earner who is keen to further develop the property department as well as their career, offering responsibility and progression.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Re-Mortgages
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Right to Buy
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Leasehold transactions
  • Lease extensions
  • Deed of Variations
  • Shared Owners
  • New Build Properties.

There will be the opportunity to handle light commercial transactions to include landlord/tenant, share sales, section 106 agreements and other related matters.

You will be expected to:

  • build upon existing relationships and client recommendations and generate further to help grow the team
  • be responsible for the annual Law Society CQS accreditation renewal
  • get involved with the business development and marketing of the firm

What is required?

We are seeking a fee earner who ideally has 5+ years PQE (min. 3 yrs PQE) with previous experience of handling their own case load unsupervised covering the full range of conveyancing transactions. This is an office-based position due to the nature of the team set-up.

We may consider offering a part-time opportunity for a more experienced candidate.

Salary

Negotiable, depending on experience

Benefits

Pension, On-site parking, Holiday entitlement - 20 days (increasing after 2 years of service by 1 day per year of service up to a maximum of 25) + Christmas shutdown from 5pm on the last working day before Christmas to the first working day of the new year, plus birthday off and sick pay (10 days paid sick leave), both of which applicable after 1 completed year of employment.

If you are interested in this opportunity and feel you have the right skills and experience, please e-mail 

 

The role: Legal Secretary - x2 roles (Family Law Dept. & Conveyancing Dept.)

The role

As a legal secretary within the Family Law or Conveyancing team, your role is to provide direct support to the fee earners to enable the fee earners to operate at optimum efficiency. This will include but will not be limited to the main responsibilities given below and you will be expected to use a high degree of self-management and initiative.

Key tasks

  • Acting independently from the fee earner in the conduct of client matters
  • Drafting documents
  • In the absence of the fee earner, handle procedures
  • Preparing correspondence and documents through audio-typing/digital dictation and word processing.
  • Administering filing which will include daily filing and the opening, closing, storage and retrieval of client files in accordance with the detailed procedures contained in the Office Manual.
  • Preparing mail and enclosures for despatch.
  • Arranging for all copying to be done, in person if the office junior is not available to undertake them
  • Making appointments, arranging meetings and maintaining an up-to-date diary for members of the Family Law team including maintenance of a brought forward file system.
  • Completing relevant forms and statements in relation to client matters
  • Inputting data in to the firm’s computer system as required.
  • Assisting in updating precedents as instructed.
  • Attending to clients both in person and on the telephone and providing such support in a professional and friendly manner in keeping with the firm’s standards for client care
  • Ensuring all messages, including faxes and e-mail, are delivered to the fee earner accurately and without delay
  • Ensuring the confidentiality of all the firm’s and clients’ documentation and information
  • Handling all monies belonging to clients within Law Society rules and guidelines
  • Liaising with members of staff in other teams or external contacts as necessary
  • Prioritising workload in consultation with the fee earners concerned

What is required?

As a Legal Secretary you should preferably have prior experience as a legal assistant or legal secretary, ideally within a Family Law or Conveyancing department.

You should be trained in secretarial practice, with a high level of word-processing and audio-typing skills.

We are looking for confident, presentable candidate with a strong work ethic and a commitment to deliver a high-quality legal service to our valued clients.

We value personality, compassion, flexibility, enthusiasm, initiative and loyalty.

Additional skills required for the role include:

  • A pleasant but assertive manner in dealing with colleagues and clients - tact and resilience are essential qualities
  • Strong efficiency and organisational skills, with good control of diary systems and solid computer literacy
  • A pragmatic approach to the workload
  • Strong team player

We are open to considering both part-time and full-time applicants.

Salary

Negotiable, depending on experience

Benefits

Pension, On-site parking, Holiday entitlement - 20 days (increasing after 2 years of service by 1 day per year of service up to a maximum of 25) + Christmas shutdown from 5pm on the last working day before Christmas to the first working day of the new year, plus birthday off and sick pay (10 days paid sick leave), both of which applicable after 1 completed year of employment.

 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email your CV to rosiehowarth@susanhowarthsolicitors.co.uk and we will be in touch ASAP.

For more information or to speak to one of our experts, please call us on 01606 48777

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  • "Extremely fair, understanding, caring and knowledgeable in all aspects of family law."

    Mr P
  • "Amazing attitude and caring towards its customers in life's most stressful situations."

    Anonymous
  • "Highly recommend the conveyancing services. Extremely satisfied with the overall level of service provided - kept me informed at every stage, providing good information and advice."

    Heather Woolley
  • "Excellent efficient will-writing service from very friendly staff. Everything explained to us so that we understood it. Fantastic!"

    Jane Imisson