Fantastic career opportunity for any one who has just left education and is looking for a career in law. I offer the chance to become an apprentice at a prestigious barristers firm based in Southampton city centre.
The role of the clerks is to assist the Senior Clerk in running the administration and
business activities of a chambers. The role is integral to the success of a set of
chambers, both as a legal practice and as a business.
Barristers' clerks must be familiar with court procedures and etiquette and they also
develop an expertise in the type of law undertaken by their chambers.
This is a full time role of 40 hours per week.
The clerks will report directly to the Senior Clerk and in the Senior Clerks absence will
report to the First Junior Clerk
DUTIES OF JUNIOR CLERK
* Diary and practice management -
* All activities relating to the barrister getting to and from court;
* Discussing with a client the most appropriate barrister to take the
case in terms of specialisation, particular abilities, experience and
availability (being aware of any potential conflict of interest where
barristers from the same chambers are representing opposing
parties, planning the timetable of a case in detail, taking into
account factors such as preparation time, conferences (i.e.
meetings with instructing solicitors and clients) and estimated
number of days in court;
* Arranging meetings on behalf of the barrister with the instructing
solicitor and client to discuss the case;
* Informing the client's solicitor of progress and, in case of a delay,
renegotiating the agreed timetable of work as required;
* Planning the workload of each barrister to avoid clashes of court
* Referring cases to more appropriate chambers when a lack of
specialist expertise could jeopardise the outcome of the case;
* Dealing with Direct Public Access clients;
* Ensuring contracts are in place;
* Ensuring fees are paid;
* Ensuring that regulatory matters have been complied with (record
keeping, money laundering etc).
* All other duties as directed by the Senior Clerk and First Junior
* Fees management
* Ensuring barristers' fees are created for the work they do and are
* Negotiating the fees to be charged with the instructing solicitor.
* Compliance matters
* Clerks need to be aware of the standards that chambers have to
adhere to and appropriate accreditation;
* Maintaining CPD records;
* Ensuring practicing certificates are up to date;
* Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, liaison with
BSB and generally their requirements are met.
* Chambers promotion and marketing
* Practice development of individual barristers and chambers
* Organising and attending promotional events, conferences,
seminars and lectures.
* Handling website and social media.
Full time 40 hours per week