Solicitor Job Description

Solicitors Act On Behalf Of And Give Legal Advice To Private And Commercial Clients.

Solicitors May Also Use Some Of Their Time To Represent Clients Who Are Unable To Pay For Legal Services Themselves.

Once Qualified, Solicitors Can Work In Private Practice, In-house For A Commercial Or Industrial Organisation, In Local Or National Government Or In The Court Services. Specific Work Activities Will Vary Depending On The Setting. Activities Will Also Depend On The Solicitor's Area Of Specialism And The Nature Of The Case.

Solicitors Who Work With Commercial Clients Often Specialise In One Legal Area Such As Litigation, Property Or Tax. Private Client Work Usually Involves Minor Legal Matters Such As Writing Wills, Property Conveyancing, Custody Cases, Divorce Settlements And So On.

It Is A Responsible And Trustworthy Job Which Necessitates Integrity, Confidentiality And A Non-prejudicial Manner.

Solicitor Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • giving legal advice
  • liaising with other professionals such as barristers
  • representing clients in court.
  • writing legal documents
  • checking all documentation prior to signing and implementing;
  • calculating claims for damages, compensation, maintenance, etc;
  • attending meetings and negotiations with opposing parties;
  • acting on behalf of clients in disputes and representing them in court, if necessary;
  • instructing barristers or specialist advocates to appear in court for the client in complex disputes;
  • preparing papers for court;
  • working in a team, sometimes referring cases to the head of department;
  • supervising and delegating work to trainee solicitors, paralegals and legal secretaries as appropriate;
  • arranging and attending further client meetings where necessary to progress with the case and finalise documentation;
  • meeting and interviewing clients to establish the firm's suitability to provide the necessary advice and services, based on the firm's specialism and likely cost;
  • corresponding with clients and opposing solicitors;
  • administrative duties, e.g. completing time sheets so that charges for work can be calculated and billing clients for work done on their behalf;
  • taking referrals from other firms of solicitors when a conflict of interest arises or if they have no specialist practitioner available;
  • drafting documents, letters and contracts tailored to the client's individual needs;
  • negotiating with clients and other professionals to secure agreed objectives;
  • researching and analysing documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice and procedure;
  • supervising the implementation of agreements;
  • keeping up to date with changes and developments in the law by reading journals and law reports;
  • undertaking a range of continuing professional development (CPD) activities.
  • taking a client's instructions;
  • advising a client on the law and legal issues relating to their case;
  • coordinating the work of all parties involved;

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