Solicitor

Schillings

As a specialist reputation and privacy law firm - albeit one with a difference - Schillings has not been afraid to lead from the front, defending the rights and freedoms of clients in an age of instant communication and relentless change. We are the only business in the world to deploy - under one roof - intelligence experts, investigators, cyber specialists, risk consultants, lawyers and senior people from the military and government. We work with some of the biggest names and most influential people on the planet, driven by a fundamental belief that reputations can be defended and that privacy is a right for all. So, if you're uninspired by the norm and want a challenge, Schillings might just be the place for you.

Job purpose

This role sits within our Legal team specialising in defamation, privacy and data protection, assisting on client matters under supervision of our Partners and Associates. You will supervise paralegals on client matters and develop the ability to offer strategic solutions to Partners and Associates and eventually our clients as to the way forward in matters.

We encourage all of our fee earners to develop their marketing and business development skills alongside developing their technical skills as a lawyer.

Accountabilities

  • Use technical expertise to draft letters, court documents, counsel instructions and provide sound advice to clients
  • Liaise directly with the other side (newspapers, websites, online media and other lawyers)
  • Provide analysis and briefing for more senior fee earners
  • Support the fee-earners in providing pro-active case management e.g. anticipating key events and court dates, identifying timing issues and deadlines/conflicts
  • Provide sound and efficient professional support to team leaders, matter managers and more senior fee earners; including in developing business
  • Develop good relationships with clients regarding matters on which you undertake instruction
  • Conduct research required to support client activity
  • Achieve target utilisation rates for fee earning time
  • Get involved in marketing events and act as an ambassador for the firm at all times 
  • Ensure billing management is maintained accurately
  • Complete all mandatory training and understand the firm's responsibilities in the area of risk management, always working to ensure working practices are compliant with the firm's standards and statutory requirements, and that any concerns or indications of malpractice are drawn to the attention of senior management immediately 

Desired skills and experience

With excellent academic grades, you will be a qualified solicitor with up to two years of post qualification experience within libel and privacy law or solid experience of contentious work, and a passion, willingness and demonstrable ability to quickly grasp our area of specialism. You will have had at least one litigation seat during your training contract, or another relevant specialist area such as intellectual property or data protection law, although specific defamation and privacy law experience is preferable. Ideally, you will have experience of working directly with private clients and high net worth individuals.

Life at Schillings

Given our audacious (and successful) business strategy, it is not surprising that Schillings has a very strong culture. While not for the faint-hearted, the atmosphere is highly collaborative and focused on excellence. Despite our roots as a law firm, we have worked hard over the years to develop a coaching culture and a way of working that is non-hierarchical. We have created and adopted a set of values to put at the heart of this change and they reflect the intention and tenor of our ambitious plans. They are: 'Innovative; Bold; United; and Excellent'. The firm's client list speaks for the outstanding results that we have delivered over many years and the task now is to grow without losing any commitment to delivering for clients or our service ethos. Finding outstanding people who can thrive in this environment is key to our success.