Company: Shakespeare Martineau
PQE: 3 years
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Private Client
Location: Birmingham
Let us introduce ourselves…

Solicitor Private Client – Birmingham / Flexible-working

Are you a 0-3 PQE Solicitor looking for a new challenge?

We can offer you:

  • A competitive salary with great benefits including private medical, 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and a bonus day off for your birthday
  • A varied workload covering all aspects of Private Client work, with a particular emphasis on estate and succession planning for business owners, farming families and landed estates.
  • A culture of trust, empowerment and autonomy over your work.
  • The chance to be part of a vibrant, market leading Private Client team with the support of friendly, approachable partners who encourage and support your career development.
  • Hybrid working with the option of working from one of our offices, including Birmingham and / or London.

The role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic 0-3 PQE Solciitor to join our busy Private Client team.  This is an exceptional opportunity to work as part of a market leading Private Client team, top ranked in legal directories and with a national reach. 

The team acts for a range of high net worth individuals, business owners and farming families in relation to a range of tax and succession planning matters.

You will produce high quality legal services to clients on all aspects of Private Client work, including wills, trusts and probate work. 

This opportunity will also enable the successful candidate to develop specific experience of acting for business owners, farming families and landed estates in relation to a range of succession and estate planning matters.

This is a significant growth area for the team and the firm as a whole, and there is a real opportunity for the successful candidate to forge a specialism in this area. .

What you’ll need:

  • Previous experience working on wills, probate and trusts matters within a law firm (for Newly Qualified candidates, relevant experience gained during your training contract is essential);
  • Some experience of acting for farming families / landed estates and business owners would be welcome, but not essential as all appropriate training, guidance and support will be provided;
  • Strong client service skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • The ability to manage files effectively;
  • A desire to specialise in this area of law;
  • Good team working across the Private Client team and other disciplines;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • A high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment;
  • A desire to enhance client relationships through day-to-day activity;
  • Knowledge and skills training, as required;
  • Excellent  communication skills and the ability to deal with different types of clients; and
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills

How we work:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible; after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role can be a blend of home and office based work with travel as required into any of our hubs.

Meet the team:

Our highly skilled and experienced Private Capital group provide a wide range of services and advice empowering families to define their unique long-term goals and legacy. We undertake various Family and Private Client work at all levels and across many sectors.

Our Private Client team, including 13 members of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), provide a wide range of services and advice empowering families to define their unique long-term goals and legacy. We offer advice on the following areas of Private Client law: Capital Tax planning including advising on the most appropriate structures via Wills, Trusts & Family Investment Companies, the creation and administration of Trusts including tax compliance, accounting services and professional Trusteeship, administration of estates (simple to complex), Lasting Powers of Attorney and  Court of Protection work, the creation and administration of Charitable Foundations  and personal tax advice and compliance. Our clients’ profiles consist of family business owners, landed estates, newly acquired wealth, private individuals with inherited wealth and their families and Trustees of substantial trusts.

Find out more about us:

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Check out our amazing benefits here

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.