Newly Qualified Solicitor

NQ Solicitor Bristol


As a Newly Qualified (NQ) Solicitor, you will report to the Director/ Head of Bristol office.

You will work and be responsible for giving clients advice in one of the following areas of law; Commercial & Intellectual Property, Commercial Property, Corporate or Employment & HR. Proven experience in one of these areas of law is essential.

In addition to your fee earning responsibilities, you will work to maintain a good working relationship with the firm's key clients.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Participate fully in the activities of the team such as drawing up legal documentation.
  • Settle disputes and supervise any agreements.
  • Research and gather evidence and analyse legal documents.
  • Explain the law to clients and give general legal advice.
  • Travel to client meetings when required.
  • Financial control with particular regard to cash-flow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures.
  • Participate in marketing and networking activities.
  • To assist the department as a whole in meeting its fee earning targets by providing help, advice and assistance to clients of the department as well as other departments of the Firm.
  • Supervise and assist Paralegals and Trainee Solicitors.
  • Assist during the absence of other fee earners.
  • Carry out work outside of normal hours where the work requires this.

Education, Qualifications & Training

  • Law Degree, 2:1 (essential).
  • Legal Practice Course (essential).

Previous Experience

  • Up to 1 years PQE (essential).
  • Previous experience working as a NQ Solicitor (essential).


  • Technical competence in business law and practice.
  • Knowledge/ experience in one of the following areas of law; Corporate, Commercial & IP, Commercial Property and/or Employment & HR.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Maturity, confidence and ability to get on with people of all levels.
  • Pro-active and self-motivated.
  • Tactful and discreet, as most of the work will be confidential.

Work Based Competencies

  • A strong work ethic with a focus on delivering business results in a team based environment.
  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills required together with good organisation and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to a very high quality standard.
  • Personable, with a collaborative leadership style, calm and collective under pressure.
  • Clear focus on quality and ensuring quality standards are met.
  • Excellent administration skills and methodical in their approach.
  • Attention to detail with a high level of accuracy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to the audience (ability to interpret and explain complex legislation to non-specialists).

Specific Requirements for the Role

  • Able to work 35 hours per week.
  • Business hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays.
  • We may be unable to take applications from anyone with a history of bankruptcy, IVAs, CCJs or unspent criminal convictions.

What We're Offering

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays.
  • Great location with free, on street parking close to the office or pay and display right outside office. Excellent transport links - close to bus stops and Temple Meads Train Station).
  • A hard working but fun and lively atmosphere with opportunities to develop within the business.
  • Company benefits and perks include; pension plan, work mobile phone, further education opportunities, free eye tests and free refreshments.

This position closes in 57 days

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