Trainee Family Solicitor

Job Description



This is an exciting opportunity to join the Family department of Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors as a Trainee Family Solicitor, based at our head office in Anfield. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Department and will join a highly professional and motivated team.

The prime role of the Trainee Family Solicitor is to earn fees by advising on a wide variety of Family and Children law matters including both private and public, and to assist in building the Family Law portfolio. You are expected to use a high degree of self-management and initiative, whilst communicating effectively with partners, colleagues, and clients.

Person Specification and requirements

  • Experience in advising on a variety of Family matters
  • Strong time-management and ability to manage own caseload
  • Advocacy experience is desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge and experience of Legal Aid
  • Genuine passion for Family law
  • Commercially minded
  • Personable and confident/articulate communicator
  • Pro-active and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Own referral source would be a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge and experience of Lexcel Compliance is desirable

Minimum recruitment entry requirements to be considered for a Training Contract through the GDL & LPC Routes are:

  • Have a degree of at least a 2:1 in Law or equivalent level 6 qualification.
  • Completed and passed the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
  • Previous experience of working within a legal practice is preferred but not essential.

Minimum recruitment entry requirements to be considered for the SQE training route are:

  • Have a degree of at least a 2:1 in Law or equivalent level 6 qualification.
  • Previous experience of working within a legal practice is preferred but not essential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for earning fees by actively working towards individual and departmental targets and objectives as set by HOD
  • Responsible for the effective management and advisory service of all aspects of allocated Family and Children Law cases, including but not limited to:

– Private and Public matters
– Divorce and Matrimonial
– Domestic Abuse
– Non-molestation

  • CCMS applications, amendments and POAs.
  • Arrange and attend meetings with clients ensuring a professional service and excellent client care standards.
  • Negotiate with clients and other professionals to secure agreed objectives.
  • Attend court hearings, prison visits, police stations and any other off-site visits as required.
  • Provide advocacy.
  • Draft legal documents and various court applications.
  • Legal Aid work.
  • Responsible for creating quotations for client work.
  • Monitoring, actioning, and updating various electronic portals.
  • Research and analyse documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice and procedure.
  • Build key relationships with the firm’s client base and wider external industry.
  • Keep up to date with changes and developments in the law by reading journals and law reports.
  • Be commercially minded and contribute towards the growth and development of the Firm by identifying opportunities to expand business.
  • Provide advice and guidance to other employees throughout the Firm, including supervising and training trainee solicitors and paralegals/assistants.
  • Adhering to process and procedures as directed by the HOD.
  • Undertake specific training when required and have overall responsibility towards self-development.
  • Be actively involved in ensuring compliance in Lexcel and other standards.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all the firm’s and client’s documentation and information by complying with GDPR.
  • Be actively involved in business development activities and networking.
  • Undertake any other duties as required by the Directors as necessary for other fee earners and employees.
  • Responsible for ensuring all training records are completed and up to date as per training contract.

All work carried out by the Trainee is monitored and signed off under the supervision of the Head of Department.

Benefits and Remuneration

  • Competitive Salary dependant on experience. The successful candidate will fall into the salary band below:

Trainee Solicitors – Band 3

  • 25 Days Holiday plus public holidays, increasing with length of service up to 30 days*
  • Additional Birthday Holiday*
  • Optional 1 day per week home working*
  • Free Parking
  • Staff social and team building events
  • Auto-enrolment workplace pension*
  • Friendly, supportive, and personable team environment
  • Professional development and training opportunities including access to a wide range of webinars
  • Paid study leave*
  • Practicing Certificate renewed annually*
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • Free eye tests*
  • Interesting and meaningful work
  • Access to a Mental Health First Aider

* Terms and Conditions apply

Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm

Closing Date:

Thursday 31 August 2023

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Additional leave
  • Company events
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: Trainee Family Solicitor

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