31st January 2020

We are currently looking for a solicitor to join our team in the Personal Injury and Actions against Public Authorities department. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to rachelfloyd@benhoarebell.co.uk. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on 28 February 2020.


JOB DESCRIPTION

Presently based at: Sunderland

Supervised by: A Partner

Overview

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well established Legal Practice operating from 4 sites in Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Middlesbrough. The Practice has 13 Partners.

The Practice has a strong ethical base and seeks to offer a high quality service to people regardless of their financial resources. Overall much of the Firm’s work is conducted under Legal Aid funding but in Personal Injury most work is conducted under CFA agreements.

The firm has an Actions against Public Authorities contract with the Legal Aid Agency (one of a few in the North). The department also conducts work against other state organisations such as the CPS and Prison Service. The department has also built up work surrounding non-recent abuse and data protection breaches.

The department has an excellent reputation.

Key Result Areas:

  1. To be a solicitor specialising in the area of Personal Injury and/or Actions against Public Authorities.
  2. To assist in other areas of work as reasonably required by the firm.
  3. To promote the full range of work in the department.
  4. To participate when required in the decision making structures of the firm.
  5. To carry out when required administrative tasks.
  6. Supervision of non-qualified staff.

Responsibilities:

  1. To advise, assist and act for clients in all aspects of the areas of work noted including where appropriate advocacy, briefing counsel, delegating preparatory work/enquiries and instructing agents.
  2. To keep fully up to date with legislation and case law in the areas of Actions against Public Authorities and Personal Injury by suitable training and access to books and periodicals.
  3. To comply with the firm’s file management and file organisation procedures and the firm’s time recording procedures, to prepare bills or to instruct skilled Costs Draftsmen to prepare bills.
  4. To allow time to practice development including attracting new clients and maintenance of existing clients and client base.
  5. To use secretarial time and skills effectively and responsibly, to supervise where necessary and to support other secretarial, fee earning or non-fee earning staff as required or appropriate.
  6. To manage a caseload to the benefit of existing clients and the firm.
  7. To comply with the Law Society training requirements for continuing education.
  8. To comply with Legal Aid Agency contract and other requirements in accordance with the policy of the firm.

Development

To continue to gain expertise in Actions against Public Authorities and Personal Injury generally by experience, to play a part in contributing to in-house training and assisting with supervision of support staff under the direct supervision of Richard Hardy, and to continue to develop your own knowledge and abilities with appropriate in-house and external continuing education.

This Job Description is not intended to be a complete and detailed statement of the responsibilities of the post.

The Post will be reviewed on an annual basis. The Post Holder will be invited to contribute to this review.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications

  1. Qualified as a Solicitor or CILEX (essential).
  2. Current full driving Licence. Access to a car (desirable).

Experience

  1. Experience of Personal Injury and/or Actions against Public Authorities (desirable).
  2. Involvement in administration and management (desirable).

Skills

(All essential)

  1. Clear communication to clients, client’s opponents, other solicitors and professionals and any other agencies involved in a case, orally and in writing.
  2. Advocacy, advisory skills, resilience and an ability to stand firm in acting for and representing clients in order to effect the best possible results for clients.
  3. Ability to work as a member of the team.
  4. Ability to work profitably and economically.
  5. Ability to interpret and analyse complex medical, social and legal evidence and to apply statute, regulation, case law and guidance to the facts of the client’s case.
  6. Strong research skills and the ability to consider critically how to use law to advance clients’ cases.
  7. Computer literate. The ability to word process documents with speed and accuracy.
  8. Good organisational skills.
  9. Ability to contribute to the development and marketing of the department.
  10. Ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines.
Personal
  1. Resilience.
  2. Willingness to undertake or attempt the unfamiliar.
  3. Good interpersonal skills.