Senior Solicitor

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Probate
Location: Lincoln

We are currently looking to recruit a Private Client Senior Solicitor to join our Probate team in Lincoln.

The role will focus on all types of Probate work, including Wills, Estate Administration, Court of Protection work, Estate Planning, Trust advice and administration.

The role will be based in our Lincoln office, but may also require travel to our other office locations.

The Firm

Wilkin Chapman is one of the largest law firms in Lincolnshire and South and East Yorkshire regions, with an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise and experience.

We are distinguished by our approachability, innovation and commitment to providing the best service we can to our clients along with achieving and maintaining quality standards.

We believe that this quality, service-led approach is also reflected by the number of accreditations and recommendations that the firm regularly achieves with the UK's leading legal directories, such as Legal 500, Chambers UK and is ranked 111 in The Lawyer UK’s top 200 law firms by turnover. 

The Department

The specialist team has over 100 years' collective experience of private client matters. They take pride in being trusted advisers, providing comprehensive and pragmatic advice on a day to day basis.

The team represents a wide range of clients, with particular expertise in providing advice to farming families, business owners, lottery winners and people with disabilities/their carers. The day to day work covers all aspects of estate planning, with particular reference to family succession, asset protection, tax mitigation and mental capacity.

The team work closely with their business division colleagues to develop the client base and further specialist support is needed to continue to build on the growth of the department.

The Role

The role will be responsible for advising and supporting individuals and families on a range of private client issues. You will have a high quality but varied caseload and will work closely with the Partners and other team members.

This role will suit a Senior Solicitor who is looking to make a valued contribution within an established team and Firm, with an ability to support and mentor more junior members of the team. The ideal candidate will be keen to invest in their own personal development and not afraid to take on more challenging matters.   

Applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge and experience in advising clients on a range of matters including Wills, Estate and Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Applications, in addition to succession planning, with a particular focus on inheritance tax and business continuity.

Duties will include
  • Conducting all matters in the client's best interest and in accordance with the highest professional standards and applicable "quality" standards at all times.
  • Maintaining files in a neat and orderly manner and ensure that each file is reviewed and recorded as having been reviewed against the computer printout supplied by the Accounts Department every month.
  • Maintaining time recording on client matters and non-matter activities on a daily basis.
  • Regularly updating clients as to the current progress of their case.
  • Dealing with routine and difficult enquiries from telephone callers and clients effectively and efficiently and ensure that all client complaints are dealt with both professionally and promptly to the complete satisfaction of the client.
  • Ensure quality of work produced by ‘support staff' is to the highest standard.
  • Understanding the obligations relating to client accounts and ensure the preparation and service of bills comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules.
  • Achieving financial targets agreed with the Department Head or Branch Partner.
  • Keeping up to date with case law/good practice guidance and apply as appropriate.
  • Ensuring compliance with Law Society Training Regulations.
  • Participating in/contributing to business development and networking activities.
  • STEP qualified.
Skills Required

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent teamworking and technical ability;
  • A positive and proactive approach to tasks;
  • Effective client relationship skills;
  • Ability to adopt a practical as well as legal approach to client issues;
  • Ability to business develop and network;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Understanding and adoption of the Firm’s values and behaviours.
Equal Opportunities

Wilkin Chapman is an equal opportunities employer that values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived differences.  We are an armed forces friendly employer.

Our Values

All that we do is shaped by our five values: Service, Teamwork, Approachability, Innovation and Commitment to achieving results. These values are the bedrock of Wilkin Chapman, they define who and what we are - they underpin everything that we do. For more information on our values, please click here.

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