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  • £30,000.00 to £35,000.00 per annum
  • Blackburn, UK
  • a month ago

Job Title: Criminal Solicitor

Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

Firm: Harwood Solicitors

Job Description

We are currently seeking a Criminal Defence Solicitor to join our well-established crime department.

You will be working alongside our two senior criminal solicitors and will have support of a paralegal.

As a Criminal Solicitor you will undertake criminal defence work, to provide legal advice and assistance/ representation of suspects at the police station, represent defendants before magistrate's court and preparation of their cases.

Higher rights of audience and Duty Trained would be advantageous, but not essential.

The salary is dependent upon the successful candidates' abilities and the contribution which they’re able to make to the firm.

Please note we are not looking to advertise through recruitment agencies at this stage.

Due to continues growth, Harwood Solicitors are seeking to recruit a Personal Injury Solicitor. This roll will involve dealing with a range of private personal injury cases including; accident and injury at work. This role will suit an individual with significant and relevant experience as a Personal Injury. The candidate will also have the desire to manage and supervise Junior fee Earners and be able to demonstrate continuous professional development throughout your career.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented individual who wants to play a part in the growth and success of the firm and would like to develop their career towards a more supervisory role. To be considered you must demonstrate the following:

·       A team player, building more strong working relationships with the team, the wider team and management.

·       Work with more junior members of the team ensuring individual and department targets are met.

·       Coach and mentor junior members to develop and encourage individual progression and skill set.

·       Provide a proactive and constructive input into the team’s strategy.

·       Sound commercial knowledge and must be business focused.

·       Essential skills and experience.

·       Qualified solicitor (or equivalent)

·       Relevant experience and enthusiasm for the specialism.

·       Good technical knowledge combined with a meticulous eye for detail.

·       Excellent communication skills (including good telephone skills) and ability to build good working relationships with clients, colleagues and supervisors.

·       Excellent IT skills.

·       An appetite and ability to lead a team.

The salary is dependent upon the successful candidates' abilities and the contribution which they’re able to make to the firm.


  • Competitive Salary
  • Blackburn, UK
  • a month ago

Role: Family Solicitor

Location: Blackburn

Main Purpose of Role: 

To work competently as a Solicitor / Legal Executive in the Family Law Department.

To actively seek opportunities for new work through local business development and to meet your agreed personal business objectives and targets set up after consultation on the arrival.

To support the general development of the Family Law Department by working collaboratively with colleagues to provide a full service offering to family clients;

To support the firm, in growing its client base through the promotion and delivery of an excellent service and getting involved with the Firm’s business development through:


·       Contributing ideas to the Firm’s marketing strategy for winning new work and implementing agreed initiatives;

·       Networking within the local business community and with key referral sources in order to develop/maintain a high profile locally for the practice;

·       Organising and delivering training seminars to clients, contacts and colleagues from time to time;

·       Writing regular articles for submission to local publications/Firm’s website/newsletter for clients and contacts.

Key tasks (not an exhaustive list)




Job Specific

·       To provide accurate Family Law advice to clients;

·       To handle Family Law matters from the initial client contact through to completion;

·       Find an appropriate solution for prospective Family Law clients and convert into new business for the firm;

·       Handle a purely privately funded caseload of private law work including Ancillary Relief,

·       Divorce, Finances, Separation, Injunctions, Civil Partnerships, Cohabitation Disputes, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Children Act work.

·       Deal with matter related enquiries.



·       To provide accurate legal advice and assistance to the Firm’s existing clients, whilst developing your own client base;

·       To work efficiently as a fee earner within the department with minimal secretarial support;

·       To utilise the Firm’s case management system to best effect in order to manage your case load;

·       To record time and bill clients in line with agreed practice policy and charging rates;

·       To identify and initiate cross-selling opportunities;

·       To exercise your initiative and be proactive in the business development of the Firm generally;

·       To ensure that outstanding client care is given at all times and to maintain a highly professional approach;

·       To manage all files methodically and efficiently and in accordance with the Firm’s procedures and the LEXCEL quality mark requirements;

·       To undertake colleagues’ file reviews in a timely manner, if required to do so;

·       To comply with the Firm’s various policies and procedures as specified in the current edition of the Staff Handbook;

·       To ensure the confidentiality and security of all practice and client’s documentation and/or information;

·       To take responsibility for your own personal and professional development and ensure compliance with any compulsory professional education requirements;

·       To assist with the supervision of support staff within the department (where applicable)

·       and encourage support staff in their development and training;

·       To assist with the supervision and line management of any secretarial support staff for whom the potholder is responsible (where applicable) and encourage support staff in their development and training;

·       To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work commensurate with the role.



The duties in this Job Description should be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and respect for all employees and is consistent with the Firm’s Equality and Diversity policy.

The Firm reserves the right to alter or amend the duties set out in this Job Description in accordance with the needs of the business and after consultation with the post holder.






  • Competitive Salary
  • Blackburn, UK
  • a month ago

To manage a range of residential and commercial property matters from initial

instruction through to matter conclusion


To undertake matters which you are competent to conduct having due regard to the policies and procedures defined in the Office Manual relating to your areas of work.

          Ensure the successful development of the firm in line with the strategy identified in the business plan.


Key tasks (not an exhaustive list)


To give estimates of costs to new clients


To take initial instructions for Sale and Purchase of residential and commercial property



To open files and progress matters in line with departmental procedures


To undertake administrative work on files including letter and form production and photocopying as required


To liaise with clients, estate agents, commercial agents, mortgage lenders and solicitors by

telephone, post, e-mail or in person, as necessary, at every stage of the transaction


To manage a range of property matters from initial instruction through to matter conclusion


To undertake any additional delegated tasks including dealing with pre exchange of contract

work, title reports, searches, raising enquiries etc.


To manage post-exchange work and registrations, including completion statements


To manage post-completion work including stamping of documents, Registration and

Scheduling of Deeds


To maintain your own diary and handle matters arising, in liaison with other Legal Advisers


To ensure the confidentiality of all the firm’s and clients’ documentation


To undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall to have a responsibility

towards self-development


To achieve agreed levels of time-recording (as appropriate)


To undertake any other tasks as may be required from time to time

          Assist and provide support to colleagues with their fee earning work where appropirate (e.g during bottlenecks and leave periods)

          Management and supervision of support services for which he/she is responsible.

          Participation in marketing activities whether on a firmwide, department or office basis.

          Financial control with particular regard to cashflow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures.

          Perform fee earning work accurately, reliably and in accordance with the firms’ quality and risk management procedures (Lexcel).

          Attendance at departmental meetings, leading by example with contributions made at and subsequent to such events.

          Undertake fee earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the Department.

          Assist the successful business development of the Commercial Department and the firm in line with the strategies identified in the firm’s business plans.