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    • Training Contract

      At Howells Solicitors, our people are at the heart of everything that we do. From the moment a client contacts us, all the way through to the closing of a legal matter, our dedicated and enthusiastic team support our clients every step of their journey. We are committed to “growing our own” to fit our ethos of continuing to deliver friendly, approachable and quality legal advice to the South Yorkshire community and beyond.

      We are searching for motivated and enthusiastic individuals, who share our strong commitment to social justice, to join our highly renowned legal teams. The closing date for our next round of trainee solicitors submissions will be 31st October 2024.

      About Howells Solicitors

      At Howells, we offer approachable and quality legal advice to the local community and beyond. We have more than 40 years’ experience in providing high quality legal advice and pride ourselves on our sense of social conscience in everything that we do. We are keen to train and develop the next generation of talent to add to the expertise the firm has to offer. That culture has been central to the firm ever since its foundation.

      Solicitor Training Contract

      Howells’ Solicitor Training Contract is open to both internal and external applicants. We hope to encourage applications from those who share our strong commitment to social justice and provide a high-quality training environment to progress towards qualification as a Solicitor with all the support we can provide on the journey. The aim in our training processes is to develop the next generation of legal talent and as such we hope to equip any trainee with everything they need to be successful as Solicitors with the firm for many years to come.

      Those who have previously or are shortly to complete a Legal Practice Course can also seek to proceed towards qualification by way of a traditional Training Contract. The process towards qualification has of course also recently changed with the advent of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination which must be accompanied by Qualifying Work Experience. We have extensive expertise in a wide range of law including family, clinical negligence and personal injury, conveyancing, wills, trusts and probate and civil litigation and as such are able to accept applications by either route with bespoke training packages to successful applicants.

      What does the Solicitor Training Contract involve?

      The Solicitor training contract is suitable for those who have previously or are shortly to complete a Legal Practice Course (LPC). However, a law degree is not essential for instance for those seeking to qualify via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination route as we are looking for aspiring solicitors from all backgrounds. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

      – Strong academic record

      – Energy and spark, who can relate to those around them

      – Ambition

      – Strong work ethic

      – Positive attitude

      – Reliability

      – Ability to work well within a team

      – Commercial awareness

      We also welcome applications from those completing the LPC part-time or otherwise seeking employment as a paralegal until agreed commencement of their Training Contact.

      If your application is successful, you will be allocated to a number of departments within the firm during your contract, gaining experience as a fee earner and managing caseloads. After successful completion of your training period, whilst this can never be guaranteed, departments hope to be able to offer a qualified lawyer position (subject to probation).

      Under close supervision and mentoring, your tasks may include:

      – Legal research

      – Conducting interviews with clients and provision of legal advice

      – Drafting case papers including Court documentation and statements

      – Providing legal support generally to the team

      – Assisting senior lawyers in bringing and defending High Court, Family Court and County Court proceedings

      – Attending Court to conduct advocacy and/or to support and assist Counsel

      – Conduct of casework generally

      – Maintaining accurate records and ensuring confidentiality

      – Participating in team meeting and social/charitable events

      Howells offer a wide range of benefits including:

      Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a formal interview which will also include a presentation and scenario questions. Candidates will be shortlisted and if successful a commencement date to be agreed with the candidate in accordance with their educational and professional needs.

      If you have any further queries about our training processes or otherwise think a career with Howells may be for you, please feel free to contact our HR team on (0114) 249 6763 or email at [email protected]

      Please send all completed applications to [email protected] with the position applied for in the subject line.

      Due to a high volume of applications we are unable to reply to individual applications and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

      • Posted 3 months ago
    • Dispute Resolution Solicitor

      Due to continued expansion of the team, we have a vacancy for a dispute resolution solicitor  to join our litigation team, based in our  Sheffield office. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to relocate or move back to the South Yorkshire area.

      Full and part time applicants will be considered.

      This role provides an opportunity to become involved in a broad spectrum of work and we wish to recruit someone with experience of contentious probate, property disputes, contract disputes and professional negligence.

      This is a highly client facing role where the successful applicant will be able to develop their own chosen areas of specialism whilst working on a growing and varied caseload.

      The successful applicant will also take an active role in the marketing of the department.

      Company Description

      Howells Solicitors is a well-respected law firm located in Sheffield, Rotherham, and Barnsley, providing expert legal services for individuals, families, and businesses. Our focus is on providing personal legal services and offer a wide range of services including family law, wills and probate, criminal defence, civil liberties, civil litigation and housing.

      Howells offer a wide range of benefits including:

      – Generous holiday entitlement (30 days fee earners/managers and 23 days increasing by 1 day each year up to 28 days support staff)

      – 3 discretionary days Christmas to New Year

      – 8 bank holidays

      – Flexi time scheme, with the ability to take up to 4 flex days each year

      – Contributory pension scheme

      – Group Life Assurance (death in service) – after 2 years

      – STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) award

      – Training and development opportunities

      – Social fund

      – Contractual Sick Pay Entitlement

      – Contractual Maternity Pay Entitlement

      – Recruitment Bonus Payments

      – Voluntary benefits e.g. Westfield Health scheme, cycle to work scheme, staff savings scheme

      If you have any questions regarding this vacancy please contact Claire Bond, HR Officer  on (0114) 249 6763 or email [email protected]

      Please send all completed applications to [email protected] with the position applied for in the subject line

      • Posted 6 months ago
    • Contentious Probate Fee Earner

      An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within the busy and successful Wills Trust and Probate Team at Howells. We are currently recruiting a contentious probate fee earner to work in this hardworking team, across the three South Yorkshire offices (Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley), providing good quality legal advice to clients seeking assistance with a wide variety of wills trust and probate issues.

      This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to relocate or move back to the South Yorkshire area.

      The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of this area of law, be highly motivated, hardworking and driven to achieve.

      Ideally he or she will be a STEP member.

      As part of your role, you will be responsible for:

      Case Management: Handle a caseload of regular, complex and high-value disputes, involving inheritance and/or wills, trusts and probate disputes.

      Client Consultation: Provide expert legal advice and guidance to clients, understanding their individual circumstances and tailoring your approach to their specific needs.

      Legal Research: Conduct in-depth legal research to ensure a strong understanding of relevant case law, statutes, regulations, and legal precedents applicable to each case.

      Drafting Documents: Prepare and draft legal documents, including pleadings, contracts, settlement agreements, and correspondence, ensuring accuracy, clarity, and compliance with legal standards.

      Negotiation: Negotiate settlements and resolutions to disputes, striving to achieve favourable outcomes for clients while minimising the risks and costs associated with prolonged litigation.

      Client Relationship Management: Maintain open and effective communication with clients, keeping them informed about case developments, progress, and potential strategies.

      Company Description

      Howells Solicitors is a well-respected law firm located in Sheffield, Rotherham, and Barnsley, providing expert legal services for individuals, families, and businesses. Our focus is on providing personal legal services and offer a wide range of services including family law, wills and probate, criminal defence, civil liberties, civil litigation and housing.

      Howells offer a wide range of benefits including:

      – Generous holiday entitlement (30 days fee earners/managers and 23 days increasing by 1 day each year up to 28 days support staff)

      – 3 discretionary days Christmas to New Year

      – 8 bank holidays

      – Flexi time scheme, with the ability to take up to 4 flex days each year

      – Contributory pension scheme

      – Group Life Assurance (death in service) – after 2 years

      – STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) award

      – Training and development opportunities

      – Social fund

      – Contractual Sick Pay Entitlement

      – Contractual Maternity Pay Entitlement

      – Recruitment Bonus Payments

      – Voluntary benefits e.g. Westfield Health scheme, cycle to work scheme, staff savings scheme

      If you have any questions regarding this vacancy please contact Claire Bond, HR Officer on (0114) 249 6763 or email [email protected]

      Please send all completed applications to [email protected] with the position applied for in the subject line

      • Posted 6 months ago
    • Litigation Specialist – Claims Against Public Authorities

      We have a vacancy for a civil litigator (full and part time applicants considered) to join our civil actions and public law team, based in the Sheffield office. Whilst a qualified solicitor is preferred we will consider all applicants with relevant experience.

      We wish to recruit someone with experience of pursuing police complaints, claims against public authorities, inquests and judicial review.

      Applicants should be familiar with assessing clients for Legal Help and completing CCMS applications as well as CFAs, ATE and private client work. Experience of undertaking file reviews and supervision in line with the CAPA supervisor standard would be an advantage.

      Howells offer a wide range of benefits including:

      – Generous holiday entitlement (30 days fee earners/managers and 23 days increasing by 1 day each year up to 28 days support staff)

      – 3 discretionary days Christmas to New Year

      – 8 bank holidays

      – Flexi time scheme, with the ability to take up to 4 flex days each year

      – Contributory pension scheme

      – Group Life Assurance (death in service) – after 2 years

      – STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) award

      – Training and development opportunities

      – Social fund

      – Contractual Sick Pay Entitlement

      – Contractual Maternity Pay Entitlement

      – Recruitment Bonus Payments

      – Voluntary benefits e.g. Westfield Health scheme, cycle to work scheme, staff savings scheme

      If you have any questions regarding this vacancy please contact Claire Bond, HR Officer  on (0114) 249 6763 or email [email protected]

      Please send all completed applications to [email protected] with the position applied for in the subject line

      • Posted 6 months ago
    • Criminal Solicitor

      We are currently looking for committed and experienced Criminal Solicitors to join our busy Criminal Department based at our offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley.

      Howells is consistently ranked among the top Criminal teams in the region, in the Legal 500 and in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

      Candidates will demonstrate a good knowledge of criminal defence law and practice, and will be members of the Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme. They will have experience of representing clients at the police station on a wide range of offences, and of conducting their own advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court. Higher Rights qualification and experience in the Crown Court would be an advantage.

      We will also consider applications from newly qualified solicitors or those wishing to re-train in Criminal Law.

      Howells offer a wide range of benefits including:

      – Generous holiday entitlement (30 days fee earners/managers and 23 days increasing by 1 day each year up to 28 days support staff)

      – 3 discretionary days Christmas to New Year

      – 8 bank holidays

      – Flexi time scheme, with the ability to take up to 4 flex days each year

      – Contributory pension scheme

      – Group Life Assurance (death in service) – after 2 years

      – STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) award

      – Training and development opportunities

      – Social fund

      – Contractual Sick Pay Entitlement

      – Contractual Maternity Pay Entitlement

      – Recruitment Bonus Payments

      – Voluntary benefits e.g. Westfield Health scheme, cycle to work scheme, staff savings scheme

      If you have any questions regarding this vacancy please contact Claire Bond, HR Officer on (0114) 2496763 or email: [email protected]

      The closing date for this vacancy is 30th April 2024

      Please send all completed applications to [email protected] with the position applied for in the subject line.

      • Posted 6 months ago
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