Vacancies

BIRKETT LONG IS EXPANDING!

With offices in Basildon, Chelmsford and Colchester, Birkett Long is one of the regions largest full service law firms and is still growing!

Birkett Long achieved a ‘Regional Heavyweight’ ranking in the Legal 500 directory and is recognised as the law firm with the strongest profile in Essex.

We currently have vacancies in our following teams:

- please see below for full details:


Legal Support Assistant – Divorce and Family Team - Colchester Office

We have a vacancy for a full-time Legal Support Assistant to join our busy and well respected Divorce and Family Team in our brand new Colchester office.

The Firm

Birkett Long Solicitors are redefining what it means to be a Lawyer.  Based in Essex, with offices in Chelmsford, Basildon and Colchester, Birkett Long focuses on people – our clients, our employees, our business partners and those in our local communities.

We are a modern thinking Legal 500 law firm and this is an ideal opportunity to join a successful and thriving practice.

The Department

You will join a busy and highly regarded team who provides specialist advice and guides our clients through the entire divorce and separation process (including Mediation and Collaborative Law) and all aspects of living together.

Our advice covers:-

• Divorce
• Financial Remedy
• Child Arrangements
• Occupation/Non-Molestation Orders
• TOLATA
• Schedule 1 Children Act
• Pre and Post Marital or Pre and Post Civil Partnership Agreements
• Cohabitee Agreements
• Separation Agreements

The Candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic applicant to join the team and hit the ground running to contribute towards delivering proactive legal support to our Fee Earning team. 

Previous legal support/secretarial experience within a Divorce and Family team is essential. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational Support
• Effective & productive diary management, and awareness of Fee Earners’ workloads to plan ahead, with minimal supervision.
• Organises daily routine to ensure that correspondence, documents and instructions dictated or given by your Fee Earners are completed accurately and on time.
• Dealing with post, internal and external, taking steps to action as necessary.
• Retains up to date knowledge and understanding of Fee Earners matters and workload to enable a proactive support service, providing clients with realistic expectations of a Fee Earners availability.
• Email management and preparation of draft replies, sending on behalf of Fee Earners when required.
• Processing of relevant documents on time with accuracy and minimal supervision.
• Checks files and chases documents where necessary, creating follow up reminders where appropriate.
• Takes responsibility for enquiries to ensure queries are dealt with in the first instance.
• Conducts research (online or otherwise) for Fee Earner when required.
• Arranges travel and any other activities on behalf of others, where appropriate (team training, meetings, client meetings, car parking).

Client Relationship and Business Development
• Acts as a first point of contact for Fee Earners, providing a first-rate service to clients, both internal and external, in a timely and professional manner, presenting a positive image of Birkett Long at all times.
• Provides a first-rate telephone support service and actively manages enquiries.
• Recognises, respects and honours client confidentiality at all times.
• Organises business development meetings and events for Fee Earners and assists in the production of business development materials in liaison with the Marketing team.

Document Production
• Creates typed work of a high quality, formatting in accordance with house style, aware of the layout of documents, forms and letters and produces these with accuracy and at a high speed.
• Proof reads all documents for spelling, grammar and sense, querying wording where appropriate.
• Uses initiative to compose drafts and send correspondence requiring focussed concentration and attention to detail on behalf of Fee Earners.
• Adopts a proactive approach and works with Fee Earners effectively, to maintain regular file management.

Financial Risk Management
• Prepares bills (including standard bill narratives) and bill breakdowns with minimal supervision, as required by Fee Earners.
• Applies the Firm’s procedures in billing, AML and Debt Management, checking and chasing as necessary.
• Alerts Fee Earners of unpaid bills, monitoring and chasing payments for Age Debts.
• Deals with Time Recording matters as required by Fee Earners.

The ideal candidate will have:

• excellent timekeeping and communication skills, both verbal and written;
• strong typing skills;
• a professional approach to work;
• a positive, friendly and helpful approach to being a team player;
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise;
• Strong attention to detail;
• The ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own;
• IT literacy skills, proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).

 

If you believe you have the skills we are looking for please send your CV to

Leonie Dolling
HR Assistant

Birkett Long LLP – 1 Amphora Place, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG
Or alternatively to leonie.dolling@birkettlong.co.uk
Closing date:   4 July 2017


NO AGENCIES 

Agents please note that we work from a PSL. Whilst we would consider adding to the PSL if you have a candidate you consider suitable please contact our HR department directly. Please refrain from forwarding details directly to Birkett Long employees.

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Trainee Team Assistant (Secretarial) - Dispute Resolution - Colchester

The Firm
Birkett Long Solicitors are redefining what it means to be a Lawyer.  Based in Essex, with offices in Chelmsford, Basildon and Colchester, Birkett Long focuses on people – our clients, our employees, our business partners and those in our local communities.

We are a modern thinking Legal 500 law firm and this is an ideal opportunity to join a successful and thriving practice.

The Role
We have a vacancy for a full-time Trainee Team Assistant (Secretary) to join our busy and well respected Dispute Resolution Team in our Colchester office.

The Department
You will join the fast paced Dispute Resolution team which advises on all types of professional and commercial disputes, providing practical advice to companies and individuals on the best way forward when trying to resolve disputes with shareholders, partners or directors.  The department guides clients on commercial contract disputes, insolvency issues, professional negligence claims, landlord and tenant matters and disputes arising from the breakdown of business relationships.

The Candidate
We are looking for an enthusiastic applicant to join the team to help to deliver a proactive, legal support service to our Fee Earning team.  Some previous secretarial experience would be advantageous but is not essential.

Main Duties and responsibilities

Organisational Support
• Having an awareness of Fee Earners’ workloads to plan ahead, with minimal supervision;
• Organising daily routine to ensure that correspondence, documents and instructions dictated or given by your Fee Earners are completed accurately and on time;
• Dealing with post, internal and external, distributing and taking steps to action as instructed;
• Maintaining a professional attitude and effective communications between Clients, Fee Earners and the team;
• Processing relevant documents, upon instruction, with complete accuracy and on time;
• Researching and conducting basic research (online or otherwise) for Fee Earners when required.

Client Relationship and Business Development
• Providing a first-rate service to clients, both over the telephone and in person, presenting a positive image of Birkett Long at all times;
• Having a sense of professionalism and maintaining effective communications with clients and Fee Earners, taking appropriate and detailed information from enquiries and ensuring any messages are passed on instantly to the relevant persons;
• Recognising, respecting and honouring client confidentiality at all times.

Document Production
• Creating typed work of a high quality, formatting in accordance with house style, being aware of the layout of documents, forms and letters and producing these with accuracy and at a high speed;
• Making effective use of the case management system;
• Proof reading all documents for spelling, grammar and sense, querying wording where appropriate;
• Adopting a proactive approach and working with Fee Earners effectively, to maintain regular file management.

The ideal candidate will have:
• excellent timekeeping and communication skills, both verbal and written;
• a professional approach to work;
• a positive, friendly and helpful approach to being a team player;
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise;
• Strong attention to detail;
• The ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own;
• IT literacy skills, proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).

If you believe you have the skills we are looking for please send your CV to:

Leonie Dolling
HR Assistant

Birkett Long LLP 1 Amphora Place, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3WG
Or alternatively to leonie.dolling@birkettlong.co.uk

Closing date for applications is:  30 June 2017

NO AGENCIES

Agents please note that we work with a PSL and whilst we consider each candidate and application, please ensure that CV’s are only directed to our HR department. Please refrain from contacting Birkett Long employees. 

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Trainee Financial Adviser - Colchester


We have an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join our Birkett Long IFA Team as a Trainee Financial Adviser as part of our Trainee Adviser programme.


This is a two year structured programme which will involve working closely with our highly experienced Financial Planning Managers who will help you to both enhance the skills required to develop your career and undertake the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.


The position is full time and will initially be based in our Colchester Office although it may be necessary to work at our other two offices; therefore flexibility is essential.


The ideal candidate will:
• Be someone with an interest in financial planning or have experience in the Financial Services sector;
• Be self motivated;
• Be able to multi-task and work under pressure;
• Have excellent communication, and interpersonal skills, and empathy;
• Have a professional attitude and appearance;
• Be competent in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook;
• Be flexible and reliable;
• Have excellent organisational skills, the ability to manage own work and to prioritise;
• Have strong attention to detail;
• Have the ability to work as part of a team as well as on your own;
• Have a “can do” attitude to work.


A genuine passion for delivering excellent client service is mandatory.  A willingness to learn is also essential as additional study will be required outside of working hours.

Relevant industry experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Full training and practical support will be provided with the exceptional backing of one of the leading Law and Financial Services firms in Essex.


If you have the enthusiasm and flair for providing exemplary client service and have a real ambition to become a Financial Adviser then please send your CV to:
Leonie Dolling
HR Assistant

Birkett Long LLP 1 Amphora Place, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3WG

Or alternatively to leonie.dolling@birkettlong.co.uk

The Closing date for applications is 29 June 2017

NO AGENCIES

Agents please note that we work with a PSL and whilst we consider each candidate and application, please ensure that CV’s are only directed to our HR department. Please refrain from contacting Birkett Long employees. 

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Family Solicitor Vacancy - Colchester

We have a vacancy for a full-time 0-4 years PQE Solicitor to join our busy and well respected Divorce and Family Team in our Colchester office.

The Firm

Birkett Long Solicitors are redefining what it means to be a Lawyer.  Based in Essex, with offices in Chelmsford, Basildon and Colchester, Birkett Long focuses on people – our clients, our employees, our business partners and those in our local communities.

We are a modern thinking Legal 500 law firm and this is an ideal opportunity to join a successful and thriving practice. We invest in our people and offer genuine career progression for the right candidate.

The Department

You will join a busy and highly regarded team who provides specialist advice and guides our clients through the entire divorce and separation process (including Mediation and Collaborative Law) and all aspects of living together.

Our advice covers:-

• Divorce
• Financial Remedy
• Child Arrangements
• Occupation/Non-Molestation Orders
• TOLATA
• Schedule 1 Children Act
• Pre and Post Marital or Pre and Post Civil Partnership Agreements
• Cohabitee Agreements
• Separation Agreements

The Candidate

We are looking for a Family Solicitor with circa 0 – 4 years’ experience in all aspects of family law.  The ideal candidate will have experience in managing their own caseload, appropriate to their level of experience.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully with business development and marketing.

If you believe you have the skills we are looking for please send your CV to

Leonie Dolling
HR Assistant

Birkett Long LLP - 1 Amphora Place, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3WG
Or alternatively to leonie.dolling@birkettlong.co.uk
Closing date:  30 June 2017

NO AGENCIES
Agents please note that we work from a PSL. Whilst we would consider adding to the PSL if you have a candidate you consider suitable please contact our HR department directly. Please refrain from forwarding details directly to Birkett Long employees.

 

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FINANCIAL PLANNING ADVISERS

Birkett Long LLP, the leading Essex based law and financial services firm is looking to expand.

With offices in Colchester, Basildon and Chelmsford, Birkett Long has significant growth plans over the next 5 years for its financial services business. Already a major contributor towards the firm’s success, recent branch expansion, acquisitions, and the associated client base increase present an unprecedented opportunity to realise its growth plans.

Predominantly working with quality ‘in-house’ leads from our huge, diverse and active client base and some self-generated leads, together with full paraplanning and administrative support, Birkett Long seeks high calibre advisers to deliver quality advice and fee income, or those that can demonstrate they have the potential ability to do so, and who are excited by the challenge of helping the firm meet and exceed its aspirations.

To be considered for these roles working in the professional services marketplace, successful applicants will need to evidence an established record of high achievement through managing effective and sustained client relationships (typically, but not exclusively HNW/business owners); having attained Level 4 Diploma, and ideally chartered status or the aspiration to achieve this in the future with ongoing support and personal development.

This is an employed role. There is an excellent remuneration package available, commensurate with the expectation of the role, with the exceptional backing of one of the leading law and financial services brands in Essex.

For further information on a completely confidential basis:

David Cant
01206 217381 or 07901 005257

david.cant@birkettlong.co.uk

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If you would like to apply for any of the positions advertised please send your CV along with details of the position you are applying for to Liz O'Mahony

Should you be interested in applying for a different position with the firm please do feel free to send your CV to Liz O'Mahony, as we are happy to receive personal applications on a speculative basis.

BIRKETT LONG IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER.