Litigation Solicitor – North East

Job Title Solicitor or Legal Executive
Department & Team Litigation
Location Durham / Gosforth / Darlington
Working Hours 35 full time
Reports To Team Leader for Litigation

Introduction to EMG Solicitors

EMG Solicitors is an award winning, Legal 500 boutique law firm with offices across the North. We provide a range of legal advice to both private individuals and businesses across the region and nationally. We provide the legal support that our clients require in order to achieve anything from their basic needs to their wildest dreams and everything in between. We specialise in Court of Protection, Deputyships, Family Law, Residential Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Litigation & Disputes and Wills, Trusts & Probate services.

EMG Solicitors vision, mission and values

EMG Solicitors vision statement

Supporting clients. Protecting assets. Changing Lives

EMG Solicitors mission statement

Providing the legal support our clients require to achieve anything from their basic needs to their wildest dreams and everything in between

At EMG Solicitors we believe in equality. Our passion is not only in providing exemplary legal services but also in making a meaningful contribution to our community and the charitable causes we support.

We pride ourselves on delivering excellence and we have a culture of honesty and transparency in how we work, both with each other and with our clients.

We are ambitious, we think big and are pro-active in how we support our clients and each other, but as importantly as all of this we value having fun and being happy.

EMG Values

  • Excellence – we deliver excellence.
  • Courage – we are ambitious and think big.
  • Cooperation – we proactively support our clients and each other.
  • Integrity – we are open and transparent.
  • Kindness – we value people, communities, having fun and being happy.

Overall purpose of role

This is a newly created role for someone to join our Litigation department from either our Durham, Gosforth or Darlington office. The successful candidate will be proactively managing a caseload as part of the Litigation team.

Responsibilities and duties

Key fee earner tasks (not an exhaustive list)

  • Conduct of matters on behalf of clients with all due diligence, in particular ensuring excellence in respect of:
    • Technical advice
    • Client service
    • User-friendly language
    • Management of support services for oneself
  • To undertake fee earning work, working both independently and as a member of the team and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the department.
  • To maintain existing relations with the firm’s clients and assist and help develop new relationships with third party referrers.
  • Conduct private client and related matters on behalf of clients.
  • Willing to participate in the growth and future development on the department, assisting in the build-up of the client database and marketing the firm’s services.
  • Maintaining orderly and up-to-date files including electronically and complying with the firm’s policies on file management.
  • Completing time recording and other management records required by the firm.
  • Cross-referring work and clients within the firm.
  • Ensuring compliance is adhered to in all activities including Lexcel compliance.
  • Financial control of your own matters with particular regard to cash flow through collection of monies on account and billing procedures.
  • Recognising fee-earning opportunities and develop as appropriate.
  • Be accountable for their own development seeking out opportunities to learn new skills to continuously improve.
  • Work in a responsible and safe manner at all times adhering to Health & Safety, safe working practices and firm policies and procedures.
  • Such other reasonable duties as and when required by your Line Manager.
  • Participation in business development and marketing activities whether on a firmwide, departmental and/or office basis

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do the job

Area Essential (Required) Desirable (Optional)

Fully qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive

Newly qualified or up to 3 years PQE

Experience Experience within a Litigation department.
Skills and knowledge

Able to work as part of a team and individual.

Excellent time management and organisational skills.

Ability to use own initiative, be proactive, work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Able to independently judge potential situations, identify and take alternative courses of action without putting the client or the business at risk.

Excellent problem solving and research skills.

Takes on personal responsibility to learn on the job and keep knowledge in all relevant areas up to date.

Accuracy and excellent attention to detail.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Adapts style of communication appropriately when dealing with colleagues and clients.

Other factors

Displays honesty and integrity.

Proactive and self-motivated.

Terms and conditions

In addition to an attractive salary the benefits for this position are:

  • Bonus scheme
  • 4% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday entitlement per year plus 3 non-contractual days leave at Christmas
  • Free annual flu injection
  • Latus – health and wellbeing platform with high street discounts
  • £50 Gift card on your birthday as well as a late start/early finish
  • £50 Gift card at Christmas
  • 5 extra days paid leave on your 5-year anniversary
  • Dearbump – Maternity Wellbeing
  • Beamish Museum Passes

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