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

Due to further expansion, Watkins Solicitors are currently looking for a Full time newly qualified or experienced Family Solicitor.  

The main job purpose will be:

  • Mainly working with victims of domestic violence 
  • Dealing with Legal Aid for Family Law cases
  • To undertake fee-earning work for private clients of the practice 
  • To act as the supervisor for paralegals/support staff

Main duties and responsibilities to include but not limited to:

  • Manage all client work allocated by the partners in accordance with detailed procedures.
  • At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner.
  • To ensure the confidentiality and security of all documentation and information of the practice and clients.
  • To achieve agreed levels of billing and time recording.
  • To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations.
  • To supervise, support and develop immediate support staff and fee earning staff as agreed with the partners.
  • To carry out any other duties and responsibilities that may be required by the partners. 

The successful candidate should have:

  • Excellent client care skills
  • Ability to successfully market the firm and generate new business.  
  • Experience or newly qualified 
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Company benefits:

  • Child Care Scheme
  • Bike2work Scheme

Initially based at our North Street branch, but may be required to attend other branches in Bristol on occasion. Candidates must have a valid practising certificate. Immediate start, salary bands between £24,000 - £27,000 PA dependent upon experience. 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.


PARALEGAL SOUGHT FOR OUR WILLS & PROBATE DEPARTMENT

Watkins Solicitors are currently looking for a Full time Wills & Probate Paralegal. Experience isn’t essential but would be advantageous.

The main job purpose will be:

  • Liaising with various asset holders, GPS and other relevant professionals over the telephone and face to face
  • Dealing with new client calls and enquiries as and when required
  • To assist fee earners in dealing with their cases
  • To attend clients as and when necessary

Main duties and responsibilities to include but not limited to:

  • To draft wills and relevant correspondence
  • To assist fee earners in the preparation of probate matters
  • To assist fee earners in the preparation of Court of Protection matters
  • To use the correct office systems and procedures in order to manage cases
  • To attend departmental meetings and training sessions

The successful candidate should have:

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

Company benefits:

  • Child Care Scheme
  • Bike2work Scheme

Initially based at our Fishponds branch, but may be required to attend other branches in Bristol on occasion. Immediate start, salary starting from £16,300PA dependent upon experience. 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 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 Judit Kerese (jk@watkinssolicitors.co.uk) our Work Experience Coordinator. 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.”