We have one of the strongest in-house advocacy teams specialising in civil litigation, inquest, court of protection and regulatory work in the Midlands, with a client base that encompasses the length and breadth of the country. This is an excellent opportunity to become part of an established and successful team of barristers; supporting the expansion and development of Browne Jacobson Barristers. You will have the opportunity to be involved in marketing and growing the practice, in addition to conducting day to day advocacy before civil, regulatory and coronial courts, at inquests and tribunals and hearings before the court of protection.
You will be expected to take on responsibility for your own caseload from the outset but will form part of the team with the necessary supervision, training and support to maximise your potential.
What is the working practice for this role?
The firm operates a set of core principles that guides our working practice. It’s called ‘One Firm, Wherever You Are’.
You might have enjoyed working from home and would like to split your time between there and the office/ other work locations. Others may be eager to return to the office on a more regular basis. We believe that a regular level of in-person contact is an important way to build connections with your colleagues, enhancing knowledge and idea sharing and enabling all of us to benefit from the vibrant office culture Browne Jacobson has to offer.
Our expectation is that, on average, you’ll work from home for no more than three days per week, with the remainder of your time either spent with your colleagues in the office or working from other locations as work demands dictate, e.g. courts, client offices, conferences etc. This is an average expectation over time and we know that there will be variations from week to week. Equally, there will be individual circumstances in which a different pattern of work is needed, for example as an agreed reasonable adjustment for colleagues with a disability or long term medical condition.
We believe this approach:
- fits with our values and personality;
- will enhance our performance through greater flexibility;
- advances our ambitions as an inclusive employer – helping you better balance work and family/life commitments;
- offers opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint (travel, office services etc.), a key ambition underpinning our corporate sustainability plan.
What technical skills are required for someone to be successful and enjoy the role?
- Familiarity with IT (Microsoft Office, Excel), together with experience of relevant case management systems
- Competency with using all Virtual platforms for court hearings
- Familiarity with online and library research facilities
- Ability to master an understanding of systems and procedures with attention to detail and ability to explain and advise clients on those procedures
Who would be a good fit for this role?
As part of the team, you would be expected to have the following skills and experience:
- A team player with high levels of personal commitment and initiative whilst also able to supervise others and delegate work
- Be flexible, ambitious, focused, results oriented and keen to take responsibility and develop the business
- Have a strong academic background and be experienced in the preparation of court documents
- An effective communicator able to establish and maintain harmonious and professional relationships with clients and colleagues
- Good organisational skills; able to manage own time effectively whilst maintaining a positive team spirit at all times
- Attention to detail vital but tempered by a commercial approach
- To keep up to date with legal developments by reading monthly law reports and journals
- Willing to spend time if required in our other offices