Senior Associate

PQE: 6 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Family
Location: Chelmsford
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

The highly regarded family team, ranked in Chambers and Legal 500, specialising in Divorce and Financial Provision, private Children Act Matters, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and Family Law Act applications.  The team has a strong stream of work including High Net Worth and complex Children Act issues.


Purpose of job

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic market leading family department dealing with high quality work. We are looking for a Senior Associate Solicitor or Legal Director who is a trained Mediator or who is willing to train as a mediator.Extensive experience or interest in High Net Worth matters or complex private Children Act matters an advantage.

The team has grown in recent years and they are looking to expand further in the next 12 months.They are seeking a Senior Associate or Legal Director who is keen to contribute to that growth in Chelmsford and beyond, whether they have previously practiced locally or further afield.The ideal candidate will work in a team helping to supervise and grow junior lawyers whilst maintaining a caseload and contributing to the expansion of the client base.


Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Running and managing files and delegating to junior lawyers and trainees as appropriate.
  • Advocacy, where appropriate.
  • Running larger/more complex matters.
  • Interacting directly with clients and managing their expectations.
  • Assisting with business development 
  • An Associate / Senior Associate of 6 years PQE + gained within a strong regional or City firm.
  • Strong academic background.
  • A high attention to detail to produce work/ documentation which is consistently of a high standard.
  • Experience of all aspects of family law, with a particular skill in dealing with corporate/commercial clients
  • Strong understanding of Company law  an advantage.  
  • To have a flexible approach to work to ensure client deadlines are always met and clients are communicated with on a consistent and regular basis.
  • Interest in and aptitude for business development.


Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.