Recruitment

The firm is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a training establishment and we are always looking to attract new talent both in a professional capacity and a support role.

CURRENT VACANCIES

LEGAL CASHIER

We are currently seeking a legal cashier to work at our head office in Darlington.

We would consider full or part time applications.

Applications to t.bloomfield@clarkwillis.co.uk

 

 

We never discourage any application for any position at any time, although due to the volume of applications we receive we cannot always guarantee to reply to each and every one.  If you are interested in joining our practice and would like to send to us your c.v. please email it to our managing partner Mr Peter Furness at p.furness@clarkwillis.co.uk who will consider it when the next vacancy arises.

We are always looking for highly motivated, dynamic individuals with a passion for the law and their feet firmly on the ground.  We want to recruit effective lawyers with a good track record of working in high street practice.  Although we currently have no vacancies for professionally qualified staff, if you are interested in joining our practice and wish to let us have your C.V. please email it to our managing partner Mr Peter Furness at p.furness@clarkwillis.co.uk who will consider it in confidence.

We are always interested in those individuals who can demonstrate a commitment to the law and who may have either earned Law Society accreditation on one of the many panels, or Duty Solicitor status.

We also encourage applications from those professionally qualified staff who may wish to work only part time.

As well as an attractive salary commensurate with your experience and work area, we offer 25 days holidays per year, and pay all your CPD training and travel costs .  In addition to outside training providers we have regular in house training provided by Counsel and others in their various specialist areas of law.

Trainee Solicitors - Training Contracts

The firm is committed to supporting, encouraging and training trainee solicitors. We currently have 2 trainees part way through their training, one who will qualify this year. Unfortunately we will now not be considering further recruitment for the foreseeable future. Our training contracts are offered to a wide variety of applicants and we are particularly interested in those who are able to demonstrate practical and pragmatic skills. We are looking principally, although not exclusively, for those applicants with a positive outlook and wishing to undertake advocacy. Statistically we retain about 50% of all trainees. If you are successful in an application to us, your training contract will be for a period of two years, at the recommended SRA salary, with 20 days holiday entitlement. The firm will pay for all PSC course fees and for that purpose you will be granted paid leave of absence . The firm also has regular in house training events to which you will be invited to attend. Initially, you will work under the supervision of Mr Peter Furness, dealing with a wide variety of matters across all our work categories. You will be given the opportunity to attend the Crown and County Courts to observe other members of the firm and Counsel undertaking advocacy. You will work on a variety of client matters under direct supervision whilst also learning the firm’s administrative procedures. Thereafter, you will be assigned to one of the firm’s work categories, such as General Litigation, Family or Conveyancing. Which category you are assigned to depends largely on the volume of work although we do try to accommodate your own preferences. Although you will be assigned to that category it will not mean you only undertake that type of work, and you will continue to receive work that enables you to satisfy the SRA published ‘Skills Standards’. You will receive three formal appraisals during the course of your training contract at approximately the 6, 12 & 18 month point. In addition, you will receive regular informal feedback on your performance. On completion of your training contract the firm would hope that you would stay with us. Subject to reaching our required standards, the decision on whether to offer you a position with us as an assistant solicitor will be taken approximately 3 months before the end of your contract. That decision will be based not only on your performance throughout the contract, but also the availability of work at that time. Although we are not inviting applications at this moment, applicants should not be discouraged from submitting their C.V. indicating when they would be available to commence a training contract. In addition to your C.V. it would assist us if you were to write a short piece, in no more than 500 words, describing why you have chosen law as a career and where you would like to see your career going in so far as type and quality of work are concerned. Please email your C.V. to Mr Peter Furness at : p.furness@clarkwillis.co.uk.

Support Staff

Our support staff carry out a variety of different types and levels of work. We require staff to deal with the transcription of dictated letters and documents, to deal with client enquiries both in person, by email and by telephone, attend to general administration matters such as the delivery of documents, preparation of mail, data input, and attending court to assist our lawyers and barristers. Applicants who are proficient in the use of email and the internet and also able to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook will find it an advantage to their application, as will those who have had pervious experience of working within a legal practice. The firm uses an electronic digital dictation system upon which the successful applicant will be given training. We are always happy to accept applications for support staff, and if we have no current vacancies we will keep your application on file for a period of 12 months so that if a vacancy should arise we can consider you.