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 SOLICITOR VACANCY

We have an exciting opportunity to join our growing and highly successful family department.  The vacancy has arisen due to the large increase in enquires. We are currently seeking a family solicitor to specialise in financial matters, both within divorce and TOLATA cases.

Our client base extends from its strong local roots to people from all over the country.

Most clients instruct us because of our local reputation or on the strength of personal recommendations from previous clients.

The successful applicant will deal with a mixture of divorce and separation cases.  The finance work includes cases which have issues concerning pensions, businesses, and property, as well as cases concerning pre-nuptial agreements and separation agreements.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake activities to promote the firm so as to maintain and increase the caseload and to contribute to the family department and the wider firm in a number of other ways including writing articles, participating in marketing campaigns and social media activities.

The successful candidates must have:-

  • Previous experience of working in a similar role
  • A strong academic record
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills.

Support and training will be given.  We will consider candidates from newly qualified to those with substantial experience.

Salary will be competitive depending on experience and suitability for the role.  

If you wish to apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter to Jennene Warmington jw@watkinssolicitors.co.uk.

The firm has offices in Southville, Fishponds, and Bath.  The location is likely to be Fishponds or Southville but will be dependent upon the preference of the successful candidates.  In addition, solicitors do see clients from offices other than those where they are based from time time.

 

WILLS & PROBATE/PRIVATE CLIENT SOLICITOR

A Wills and Probate/Private Client Solicitor is required to join our busy solicitors firm on a full-time basis. We are looking to expand our existing Private Client team and want someone who can join the firm to work closely with our established Wills & Probate department.  We currently have three offices in Bristol and Bath.

You will be handling a broad base of probate and private client work, including administering estates, drafting wills and powers of attorney, handling tax, trusts and elderly client matters as well as a range of others. You must have a solid knowledge and understanding of probate law. 

The successful candidate can be newly qualified or experienced.

The successful candidate should also have:

  • Excellent client care skills
  • A professional telephone manner 
  • A comprehensive ability in written English, with an emphasis on spelling, presentation and good use of punctuation

The position will be based in our Fishponds office but you may be required to attend other branches in Bristol on occasion.

Immediate start and salary will be dependent on experience.

Company benefits:

  • Child Care Scheme
  • Bike2work Scheme

Please send CV and request an application 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

To Beverly and everyone at Watkins Solicitors, thank you very much for the past two weeks, I gained invaluable insight and experience in Family Law. I had the opportunity to observe client meetings and court hearings, to prepare bundles and to learn new skills such as time recording. I believe I will greatly benefit from the eventful two weeks for a very long time! Andy

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.”