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 look out 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.
Due to expansion we are looking for an enthusiastic person to take on a new role of HR Assistant. Reporting directly to the practice manager you will provide support in all aspects of HR administration.
Duties will include:-
General HR support with all aspects of HR administration across all three branches
Managing recruitment advertisements in local and social media
Assist in recruitment process, sending out application forms, taking up references and assisting in the interview process
Assist in administration of new starters and leavers, preparing paperwork, setting up new user accounts on all software applications, carrying out inductions and assisting in exit interviews
Maintain absence and holiday records and assist in grievance procedures
Assist in training arrangements for all staff, booking courses, diarising and checking training records
First point of contact for HR queries
The Ideal candidate should have:-
Previous office experience, preferably in an HR role
Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
Good IT skills
Attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills
This role is initially 8 hours per week. The days and work base can be flexible, though candidates will need to be available to assist with interviews and inductions when necessary. Initial training will need to take place at our North Street office.
Salary dependent upon experience
If you would like to apply for this role please email your CV to Gina Grohmann email@example.com and request an application pack. Closing date 16th June 2017.
Legal receptionist required for our Bedminster branch. A good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Office is essential. Good telephone and people skills are vital and a sensitivity for dealing with vulnerable clients. Previous experience an advantage. Duties will include taking care of front of house, answering the telephone, dealing with postal duties (including franking, arranging special and recorded delivery items at the Post Office and collection of DX from local collection point), banking duties, opening and closing/archiving files, filing and photocopying. Hours are 35 per week and salary will be dependent on experience. Would consider part-time applicants.
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 Lily Percival firstname.lastname@example.org our Work Experience Coordinator. Please note that places are often booked well in advance.
*** We are now FULLY BOOKED for the year of 2016 and summer of 2017. Therefore, we are only considering applications for February- May 2017 and October – December 2017 at this time. We will be considering application for summer 2018 placements from 1st November 2017.***
FROM PREVIOUS WORK PLACEMENT STUDENTS
"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.”