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.

CHILD CARE SOLICITOR

We are a busy solicitors firm with a number of departments including; Family, Education, Wills and Probate, Employment, Regulatory and Conveyancing departments.  Currently we have three offices in Bristol and Bath. The firm has a Legal Aid franchise and carries out work under the Legal Aid scheme as well acting for clients on a private basis. 

Due to further expansion and an increase in new client enquires another exciting opportunity has arisen within our Family Department. We are seeking to appoint a full time newly qualified or experienced Child Care Solicitor to join Watkins Solicitors. Continual training is very much supported by the firm. The firm embraces new technology to assist with work.

  1. Candidate should have experience in all aspects of child care work and undertake advocacy in Family Court. Cases will be funded by legal aid and privately funded. The role includes providing a range of legal support in particular to Children’s Services, advising on care proceedings, adoption, drafting legal documentation and providing clear and concise advice. You may from time to time be asked to take on challenges outside your field of expertise. 
  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. Should the candidate currently not be on the Children Panel, the firm would support accreditation.   

We are looking for the successful candidate to have good interpersonal skills, be able to prioritise their own work load, and work to tight court deadlines. You must be able to work as part of a team and be flexible, enthusiastic and committed.  
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 Fishponds branch, but may be required to attend other branches on occasion. Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. If candidates would prefer to be based at other offices this may 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

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 university students. Please note you must be over 18 years of age and have completed at least one year at university to be considered for a work placement. Work experience students will be expected to work and will not merely “shadow” members of staff.  You should, however, have the opportunity to observe court hearings in the family court. We only offer work placements to those interested in family and education work. If you are not interested in these areas of law, please do not apply for a work experience placement at this firm. Work experience placements are only offered for a minimum of a two week period. 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.”