Careers with Us

Careers with Us

Any current vacancies are set out below together with details of our work experience programmes. However, we are an ambitious and dynamic practice and always on the lookout to meet and speak with the best and the brightest lawyers. We believe that Watkins Solicitors is a great place to work so if you would like to have an informal chat with us, in complete confidence, then please contact our Practice Manager Gina Grohmann. This firm welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

FAMILY DEPARTMENT

We are one of Bristol’s leading specialist Family law firms, working with clients nationwide. We also have Education, Wills and Probate, Employment and Conveyancing departments.  Currently we have four offices in Bristol and Bath. The firm has a Legal Aid franchise and carries out work under the Legal Aid scheme, as well as acting for clients on a private basis. Due to further expansion and an increase in new client inquires, several exciting opportunities have arisen within our Family Department. We are seeking to appoint three Solicitors or Legal Executives to join Watkins Solicitors on a full time or part time basis. The Family department works as a team. Continual training is very much supported by the firm. The firm embraces new technology to assist with work.

  1. The successful candidate will carry out a range of family cases, including children cases both private law and public law as well as divorce and finance cases. This role may suit a newly qualified solicitor or somebody more experienced. Cases will be funded by legal aid and privately funded. 
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  2. The successful candidate will carry out a range of public law children cases and clients will mainly be funded under the legal aid scheme.  Children Panel accreditation whilst advantageous is not essential. The firm currently has a number of complex cases. Should the candidate currently not be on the Children Panel, the firm would support accreditation.  
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  3. The successful candidate will carry out a range of divorce and financial cases. Some experience in this area of work is essential. 
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    • We are looking for the candidates who have a “can do” attitude, an ability to use their own initiative, is highly organised and is able to manage their own caseload. 
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    • In return you can expect a rewarding career. We believe in looking after our employees which is why we offer a great flexible work policy to help you balance your personal and professional lives, Recognition Award Scheme, Child Care Scheme and Bike2Work Scheme.  We also support employees working from home. 

The successful candidates will initially be based at our North Street branch, but may be required to attend other branches on occasion. If candidates would prefer to be based at other offices this may be accommodated.  Candidates should have a valid practising certificate.

The salary will be highly competitive commensurate with experience and qualification. 

To apply please send a CV with a covering letter to Jennene Warmington jw@watkinssolicitors.co.uk. Applications must be submitted by 6pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018.

This firm welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


 

EMPLOYMENT SOLICITOR

We are one of Bristol’s leading multi-office firms, working with clients nationwide. We have Employment, Education, Wills and Probate, Family and Conveyancing departments. Currently we have four offices in Bristol and Bath. Due to further expansion and an increase in new client inquires, an exciting opportunity has arisen. We are seeking to appoint an Employment Law Solicitor to join Watkins Solicitors on a part-time basis with hours to suit. Office location also to suit. Continual training is very much supported by the firm. The firm embraces new technology to assist with work.

  1. The successful candidate will provide legal and practical advice related to employment law issues which may include grievance, disciplinary, dismissal, redundancy, corporate re-structuring and TUPE 
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  2. Advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues
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  3. Dealing with Spearheading employment practice; with a focus on advising individuals
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  4. Have experience of advocacy and preparing and representing on employment tribunal matter
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  5. Possess relevant and up to date employment law knowledge
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  6. Advising on settlement agreements
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  7. Devising appropriate and affordable funding options
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    • We are looking for the successful candidate to be professional and able to work from their own initiative, to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and to effectively manage their time to handle a number of cases to meet client needs. 
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    • In return, you can expect a rewarding career. We believe in looking after our employees which is why we offer a great flexible work policy to help you balance your personal and professional lives, Recognition Award Scheme, Child Care Scheme and Bike2Work Scheme.  We also support employees working from home. 

The successful candidates will initially be based at our North Street branch but may be required to attend other branches on occasion. If candidates would prefer to be based at other offices this may be accommodated.  

The salary will be highly competitive commensurate with experience and qualification. 

To apply please send a CV with a covering letter to Jennene Warmington jw@watkinssolicitors.co.uk. Applications must be submitted by 6pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018.

This firm welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


 

CONVEYANCING PARALEGAL

We are one of Bristol’s multi-office law firms, working with clients nationwide. We have a thriving conveyancing department as well as Family, Education, Wills and Probate, and Employment departments.  Currently, we have four offices in Bristol and Bath. Due to further expansion and an increase in new client inquires, an exciting opportunity has arisen. We are seeking to appoint a Conveyancing Paralegal to join Watkins Solicitors on a full-time basis. Continual training is very much supported by the firm. The firm embraces new technology to assist with work.

  1. The successful candidate will need to ensure they build good working relationships with external institutions and organisations including Estate Agents, Solicitors and mortgage advisors and any other third party
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  2. To manage filing of post and preparing mail and enclosures for dispatch
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  3. To undertake any copying and scanning
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  4. To manage the opening, closing, storage and retrieval of client files in accordance with the practices office manual
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  5. To obtain title deeds and prepare a draft Contract package when acting for the Seller
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  6. Carrying out searches as and when required
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  7. Preparing invoices and completion statements
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    • We are looking for the successful candidate to be professional and able to work from their own initiative, to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and to effectively manage their time to handle a number of cases to meet client needs. 
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    • In return, you can expect a rewarding career. We believe in looking after our employees which is why we offer a great flexible work policy to help you balance your personal and professional lives, Recognition Award Scheme, Child Care Scheme and Bike2Work Scheme.  We also support employees working from home. 

The successful candidates will be based at our Fishponds branch but may be required to attend other branches on occasion. 

The salary will be £16,320 per annum.

To apply please send a CV with a covering letter to Jennene Warmington jw@watkinssolicitors.co.uk. Applications must be submitted by 6pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018.

This firm welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Watkins Solicitors offer work experience placements to students. Work experience students will be expected to work and will not merely “shadow” members of staff.  We only undertake family and education work. If you are not interested in theses areas of law, please do not apply for a work experience placement at this firm. Work experience placements are only offered to those who are over 18 years of age and preference is given to those seeking a minimum of a two week placement. Placements of less than one week are not offered. If you are interested in a work experience placement, please contact either Charlotte Charlton (cc@watkinssolicitors.co.uk) or Martyna Piatkowska (mp@watkinssolicitors.co.uk) our Work Experience Coordinators. Please note that places are often booked well in advance.


FROM PREVIOUS WORK PLACEMENT STUDENTS

"Dear All, I just wanted to take the time and express my gratitude in meeting you all and for working alongside you these past two weeks.  It was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed every minute of it all.  I wish each and every one all the best in the future.  What I learned from you all will help assist myself in the future.  I also appreciate the confidence you showed in me the past two weeks." Phillip

"Dear All, As this is my last day at Watkins Solicitors – I would like to thank you all for being so welcoming and for giving me the opportunity to come here for work experience.  These past weeks have been very educational and interesting, as I have had the pleasure of meeting some of your clients and observed what a great impact this firm has on their lives.

I want to thank Sheldon, Victoria and Beverley for allowing me to come along to conference meetings and court hearings.  I would also like to thank James, Charlotte, Martyna, Lydia, Judit, Dan (basically everyone!) for being so helpful and patient with me!  It has been a pleasure to work with you all and I hope to stay in touch." FA

"Dear Beverley and everyone at Watkins Solicitors, thank you so much for making the last two weeks so interesting and enjoyable. You’ve all made me feel so welcome and kept me busy, which I really appreciate! My time here has definitely sparked an interest in pursuing family law, and I’ve learnt a lot from watching everyone and getting involved. Thanks again and best wishes" Emily 

 "To Beverley and everyone at Watkins Solicitors The two weeks I spent at Watkins were invaluable. Whilst in the office I completed tasks on real cases, including preparing court bundles, drafting correspondence, making telephone calls and legal research. I was taught how to do time-recording, a skill which is absolutely necessary in a solicitor’s office, and attended court nearly every day to witness hearings and discussions. I felt privileged to be allowed to be a part of the everyday workings of the firm, and was always made to feel useful! I believe that the experience has given me a real insight into Family and Education law in particular, and I feel encouraged to pursue my goal of becoming a solicitor." RP

"I wanted to say a big thank you for having me these past two weeks – it has been absolutely brilliant and valuable experience. I really believe in your areas of law, and look forward to using my experiences gained in the future. With very best wishes"   Rosie

"I just wanted to contact you to say thank you very much for offering work experience opportunities. Work experience in general is obviously extremely important but at Watkins I was able to have a very practical experience and not simply work shadow. It has been an invaluable experience and I have learnt a lot. Thanks again, and I will be sure to keep in touch. Kind regards"   EG

"Dear Lisa, Beverly and everyone at Watkins, thank you for offering me work experience in August 2015. I really appreciated being able to carry out a range of tasks and attend the family drop-ins and court.  I was able to improve on skills which will be invaluable to me in the future and learnt a lot more about family law. I really enjoyed working with everyone in the office, and hope to keep in touch." Best wishes   HF


Natalie De-Merist and ‘Law in Action’

Natalie joined Watkins Solicitors in September 2014 whilst she was completing her final year of a law degree at UWE. She is the third student to undertake a work placement with the ‘Law in Action’ module. Here is what she had to say about her time at Watkins Solicitors.

“In September 2014 I undertook a work placement at Watkins Solicitors for a ‘Law in Action’ module at university. This was once a week for a total of 25 days. During this time I was expected to work rather than shadow, and completed tasks such as time recording, filing, creating court bundles, communicating with clients and corresponding with the Court. I also had the opportunity to go to court and shadow the solicitor in the advocates meeting and in the hearing. These experiences have certainly helped develop skills that I will use in my career, and in particular my confidence and letter drafting skills have increased a great deal.

“This opportunity provided a great insight into what a career as a solicitor would entail. I am particularly grateful for this as at the time I was uncertain whether this was the correct career path for me, and whether I should go on to study the LPC. However, having undertaken my placement I felt both reassured about my career choice as well as encouraged to achieve. The ‘hands on’ approach at Watkins meant that I got a great deal out of my placement, and much more so than if I were just required to shadow. I thoroughly enjoyed working at the firm and seeing the law being applied in action.”