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Legal Jobs in Wales


Would you like to work for Howells?

Howells is one of Wales’ fastest growing law firms and we are always on the lookout for talented and skilled new staff members to join our growing team of professionals.

We believe that our employees are our greatest asset, therefore we pride ourselves in being able to offer a competitive package including training programmes and schemes aimed at helping you to develop your career. Howells legal jobs currently available in South Wales are:

Residential Conveyancing Solicitor/Licensed Conveyancer in Cardiff

Owing to increased workloads, we have vacancies in our residential Conveyancing department. We believe that we have the largest conveyancing team in South Wales and deal with everything from bespoke to more standard Conveyancing. 

You should be a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer with up to 2 years' PQE in Residential and Newbuild Conveyancing and good Client facing skills. You should be capable of working as part of a team and possess the drive to succeed. We have a real strong work flow already planned and constantly have a high number of files opening every week. This is a true testament to the relationships that we have with the local network of agents. 

You will have experience running your own caseload dealing with sales, purchases and remortgage work. Experience on volume conveyancing is not a pre-requisite in this role, but an advantage. 

We are offering an attractive package and there are real career prospects here for the right Candidate. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed with a really well respected firm. The role will be based out of our Cardiff Office. 

If you would like to hear more about this role then please apply by e-mailing elizabethgwilliams@howellslegal.com to apply. 

Conveyancing Assistants – Legal Jobs at our Cardiff Office

Howells Solicitors are a fast growing modern practice, fresh and forward thinking. 

We are looking for a Conveyancing Assistant to join our busy teams. You will be working as part of a team and will be responsible for progressing residential conveyancing matters from instruction through to completion. 

You should ideally have experience of the conveyancing process, with volume conveyancing including leasehold transactions. 

You will be have a number of tasks including Liaising with a conveyancing fee earners and members of the conveyancing team, dealing with searches and additional enquiries, preparing contract packs and providing regular updates to clients and introducers 

Please e-mail elizabethgwilliams@howellslegal.com to apply. 

Howells Solicitors are recruiting for a Commercial Property Solicitor

Howells are seeking a commercial property solicitor looking for a new challenge in a busy, dynamic team.  Howells acts for a broad client base from private individuals through to SME and public sector clients. The department deals with all aspects of Commercial Property but with particular emphasis on freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, residential and commercial development and business transfers. You will be able to work closely with the Head of Department and be given the opportunity build upon the expanding department. The firm offers excellent career prospects and the role would therefore suit an ambitious, pro-active and commercially minded lawyer.

 

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.

If you would like to hear more about this role then please apply by e-mailing elizabethgwilliams@howellslegal.com

Legal Jobs at our Swansea Office

Howells Solicitors are a fast growing modern practice, fresh and forward thinking. 

We are looking for a Conveyancing Assistant to join our busy teams. You will be working as part of a team and will be responsible for progressing residential conveyancing matters from instruction through to completion. 

You should ideally have experience of the conveyancing process, with volume conveyancing including leasehold transactions. 

You will be have a number of tasks including Liaising with a conveyancing fee earners and members of the conveyancing team, dealing with searches and additional enquiries, preparing contract packs and providing regular updates to clients and introducers 

Legal Assistant: Employment Department

Do you have a personable manner, possess good organisation skills and want to be intrinsically involved in expansion of a new and exciting department at Howells Solicitors?

Are you a self-motivator, calm under pressure and capable of thinking on your feet?

Essential characteristics:                                                                                                                                               

  • organised
  • efficient 
  • a multi-tasker
  • self-motivated
  • confident
  • conscientious
  • team player
  • an excellent communicator
  • flexible
  • good attention to detail

Desirable characteristics:

  • knowledge of legal terminology / documentation and procedures of Employment Law

 

You will support the Employment team in all aspects of its work, including the opportunity to choose new initiatives that excite you.

Main Duties:

A good level of competence and skill is needed in the following areas:

  • liaising with clients directly via telephone and email
  • managing fee earners’ electronic diaries
  • dealing with new client enquiries
  • preparing correspondence
  • assisting with document preparation
  • maintaining marketing and other databases
  • managing files
  • complying with office procedures
  • dictation typing
  • general administrative assistance to the team, including photocopying 

Company Commercial Solicitor

Howells Solicitors are seeking a Company Commercial Solicitor to join their busy Commercial team The role will be covering a varied and interesting caseload of company commercial matters including asset sales and purchases, share sales and purchases, shareholder agreements, partnerships, joint ventures, terms of business, company formation and reconstruction. Your case load will include matters such as; drafting commercial contracts as well as researching and reviewing corporate procedures.

This opportunity offers something slightly different within a busy market as the client base is often local and smaller businesses which enables the successful solicitor to make valued relationships with the clients as well as getting hands of experience on a range of matters as opposed to being focused towards one specialism.

The firm are flexible, are well known for their cohesive environment and have the support in place to allow the successful solicitor to be progressed through with ease.

You must be a qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive. 
You will have at least 3 years’ PQE.
Candidates with significantly more experience would be considered.
You must have solid experience in company commercial matters.

Applicants with prior experience in business development, networking and marketing would be an advantage. You will be offered an extremely competitive salary with additional benefits commensurate to your level and have the exciting opportunity to become a key figure within the firm.

IT Assistant / IT Trainee

Howells Solicitors are a fast growing modern practice, fresh and forward thinking. 

We are looking for an IT Assistant / IT Trainee to join our busy IT team which comprises of an IT Manager and a Developer Manager. Experience not always necessary as full training will be provided but a willingness to learn is a must.

The department

The IT department is responsible for supporting and maintaining the company’s IT systems and for providing efficient desktop support to all business users. The department is responsible for resolving any IT-related faults quickly and efficiently.

The position

This role reports directly to the IT Manager and Developer Manager

Duties/areas of responsibility

  • Setting up new starters in Visual Files
  • Documenting processes as instructed by the Developer Manager
  • General admin tasks in Visual Files
  • Basic administration of the Visual Files system
  • Setting up new PC’s
  • Ordering PC stock and general IT supplies
  • General leavers admin tasks as per leavers process
  • Logging printer support calls for broken printers and ordering stock for all branches
  • Desk moves
  • Travel to other sites when required
  • Any other tasks as instructed by the IT Manager and Developer Manager

Requirements

  • Full UK driving licence desirable
  • Grade A-C in Maths and English
  • IT experience desirable but full training would be provided 

Assistant to Branch Manager/Partner - Caerphilly Office

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of all documentation, correspondence, attendance notes, pleadings etc from audio (tape) dictation
  • Pulling of post together and marrying correspondence with files
  • Running fee earner and court diaries
  • Dealing with telephone enquiries and advising fee earner, preparing attendance notes
  • Preparing petty cash returns to accounts and dealing with petty cash generally
  • Liaising with accounts, paying in cheques received from clients into accounts; taking card details from clients and forwarding to accounts
  • Liaising with clients, other solicitors, Counsel’s clerks and the Court
  • Monthly preparation of private client fee notes
  • Liaison with Costs Draughtsman in relation to file billing when matter completed.
  • Chasing clients for outstanding fees
  • Opening, closing and archiving of files
  • All other duties required by fee earner

Essential Requirements:

a)       Minimum  3 years experience in Family Law

b)       Audio typing speed of at least 65 wpm

c)       Ability to use spreadsheets

d)       Familiarity with Laserforms and Practice Manager

e)       Familiarity with Legal Aid 

Receptionist – Newport office

A new opportunity has arisen for a tenacious Receptionist in our Newport office. Being a first point of contact for clients, the ideal Receptionist will be very well organised and presented with excellent telephone manners and client care skills in general. You will be able to work well within a team with duties including: greeting and welcoming clients; answering incoming and outgoing calls, answering basic queries; preparing meeting rooms; scheduling and updating appointments and; faxing. This role is offered on a full time permanent basis for the successful Legal Receptionist.

 

In return, we are offering the successful candidate excellent benefits and a good work life balance. 

Legal Secretary including Audio Typing – Private Client Department

To support the Solicitors in the department through the provision of Audio Typing and Secretarial Services to the practice by providing competent and efficient Secretarial duties - previous legal experience necessary.

Key Responsibilities
- Audio Typing to support the Partner and office with the secretarial workload, ensuring that the priorities are met.
- To support in the production of files by using the case management system and by typing dictated work as directed.
- To support in the maintenance of files by effective file management.
- To assist in the management of case-load by dealing with file related queries either face to face or by telephone.
- To ensure that clients are dealt with efficiently and politely and that appropriate legal matters are raised with the relevant fee earner.
- To assist in general office administration and in the locating of files when necessary.
- To transmit correspondence by fax and email and undertake photocopying when necessary.
- To answer internal telephone calls efficiently and politely and take messages, as necessary.
- To ensure that all internal methods, systems, policies and procedures are adhered to.
- To manage own work allocation, productivity and quality of work with minimum supervision.

Legal Assistant – Private Client Department

We are seeking an experienced and self-motivated Legal Assistant to join our team. Working closely with one of our Solicitors they will be required to assist in the day to day progression of files, office administration and management of appointments, calls and internal administration. This role will require an ability to speak with clients and other professionals, a high level of organisation and initiative and ability to work on multiple matters. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaising with clients and other professional in a courteous and helpful manner; 
  • Diary management;
  • Preparation of documentation;
  • Record keeping;
  • Arranging internal management meetings;
  • Arranging practical aspects relating to the the drafting of wills, LPA’s, administration of estates and management of client property.

Key skills and experience

  • Committed team player with excellent communication and organisation skills; 
  • Detail-orientated approach to your work and have the ability to work under pressure;
  • Use of initiative;
  • Excellent telephone manner;
  • Effective time management skills;
  • At least 12 months solid experience gained within a reputable wills and estate planning team as a legal assistant or legal secretary;
  • Proven experience of working with a case management system;
  • Good working knowledge of wills, LPAs and trusts;
  • 12 months experience in legal assistant role or comparable role;
  • Some experience with property/probate sale transactions is desirable.

Senior Employment Solicitor (At least 5 Yrs PQE)

Duties: 
As the chosen Employment Solicitor, you'll be involved in all aspects of employment law, undertaking a mixture of advisory, non-contentious and contentious work, advising employees. 

About you: 
- Passionate about employment law with at least 5 years PQE relevant employment law experience. 
- Genuine interest in building client relationships. 
- Commercial awareness and client-focused approach. 
- Motivated and adaptable approach. 
- Excellent drafting, communication and organisational skills. 
- Strong analytical and project management skills. 
- Strong inter-personal skills; including being a team player with the ability to work independently if required. 

Main responsibilities

  • To undertake fee earning work on behalf of clients 
  • To attend client meetings and take instructions (home visits as necessary)
  • To create and maintain client files
  • To generate suitable client correspondence
  • To draft legal documents as required
  • To liaise with counsel
  • To attend court hearings
  • To comply with the firm's routine time recording, accounts and administrative disciplines
  • To promptly inform the practice head immediately of any potential problems on files
  • To liaise with external organisations on client matters e.g. other solicitors
  • To participate in marketing and networking events, as requested.
  • To attend and contribute to departmental meetings.
  • To attend training events to comply with the SRA continuing competence requirements.
  • To undertake any other reasonable tasks to assist the department, as requested by the practice head.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • A qualified solicitor (of up to 5 years PQE) admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society
  • Previous experience in employee employment fee earning work
  • Previous experience of attending court hearings
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office package
  • Previous experience of using a case management system (desirable)
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent client care skills
  • Good communication skills, orally and also written
  • Ability to priories workload effectively 

Health and Safety/Facilities Manager (Part Time)

Overview

We have a vacancy for a Health and Safety/Facilities Manager, based at our Cardiff head office.

Responsibilities

The duties of the role entail the following:

  • Ensuring that the firm meets its statutory obligations regarding health and safety.
  • Implementing policies to improve existing health and safety measures within all of the firm’s offices.
  • Ensuring that the firm’s policies are regularly reviewed and adhered to accordingly.
  • Liaise with the firm’s contracted third parties to ensure the sound maintenance of the firm’s buildings and infrastructure.
  • Keep a formal record of documented health & safety inspections, audits and checks for our records.
  • Provide regular reports to the Directors and the relevant departments on our health and safety activities.
  • Oversee the development of the firm’s health & safety policies, systems of work and procedures.
  • Advise other departments of the health and safety factors that would need to be considered in new endeavours and ensure their compliance with these.
  • Other reasonable ad hoc tasks that might arise in the department from time-to-time.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, competencies and qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent communication skills, with a sound command of both oral and written English.
  • An understanding of an employers’ statutory requirements regarding health and safety practice.
  • Efficient organisational skills.
  • Competency in the use of IT, especially the Microsoft Office suite and Outlook.
  • Qualifications from a recognised awarding body in the Health & Safety management field, such as the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

Human Resources (HR) Manager/Assistant (Part Time)

Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a diligent candidate in our Human Resources department at our Cardiff head office. The selected candidate will work closely with the Directors to assist in the co-ordination and administration of the firm’s HR requirements. The role will also entail work with other companies who instruct our Employment Law team to oversee the management of their HR function.

Responsibilities

The duties of the role entail the following:

  • Assisting with the various aspects of the recruitment process, including:
    • Generating and posting job descriptions;
    • Issuing interview invitations to candidates;
    • Obtaining and verifying references for candidates;
    • Informing candidates of the outcomes of their applications; and,
    • Preparing and administering pre-employment documentation for new staff members.
  • Attending to the administrative work involved in updating and maintaining employee records.
  • Responding to both internal and external enquiries as necessary.
  • Assisting with disciplinary procedures.
  • Dealing with staff enquiries that do not require the attention of the Directors.
  • Engaging with other departments to ensure the efficient co-ordination of HR matters, such as start dates, desks and induction procedures for new starters.
  • Assist with the development of staff training programmes as required.
  • Other reasonable ad hoc activities relevant to the role as may be required from time-to-time.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, competencies and qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent communication skills, with a sound command of both oral and written English.
  • An understanding of the key components of HR management:
    • Recruitment and Retention;
    • Transformation and Planning for Change;
    • Learning and Development;
    • Productivity and Rewards;
    • Equality and Diversity;
    • Sickness, Absence and Parental Leave; and,
    • Employee Appraisals.
  • Efficient organisational skills.
  • An understanding of the need for confidentiality in the field.
  • A familiarity with employment law.
  • Competency in the use of IT, especially the Microsoft Office suite and Outlook.
  • Associate Membership, Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Legal Assistant - Litigation Department

We are looking for a Litigation Assistant to join our busy team.  You will work closely with the Litigation Partner and support the Litigation team.

Essential Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of litigation procedures
  • Excellent communicator
  • Organised
  • Self-motivated
  • Confident
  • Conscientious
  • Team player

 

Main Duties:

  • Liaising with clients directly via telephone and email
  • Preparing documents
  • Drafting
  • Managing files
  • Preparing correspondence
  • Diary management

Solicitor Employment (NQ – 2yr PQE)

Our Employment team has an exciting new opportunity in our Cardiff office for a recent qualifier to 2 PQE Lawyer. You will have the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and experience within a very busy and yet well supported environment. 

The role will cover all aspects of employment law, dealing with both claimant and respondent cases. Our clients include Not-For-Profit organisations, SME’s, executives and professional sports people.  The role will encompass both contentious and non-contentious areas of employment law from drafting contracts and policies, through to assisting on live Employment Tribunal cases. There is a large amount of face-to-face client interaction and the chance to build key relationships with our clients. 

The candidate:

The successful Employment Lawyer will have a willingness to learn quickly and accurately and to be able to respond to our client’s in a fast paced environment.  You will have conduct of your own case load, as well as assisting with the cases of more senior lawyers in the team. 

Our employment team at Howells is growing steadily and we are looking to recruit the right person to continue our quality of service. The ideal candidate will have a good grounding in Employment Law. This is an ideal opportunity to work, learn and gain experience from a very strong Employment team.

Experience and skills required:

• Previous experience in Employment Law Department

• NQ – 2PQE

• Enthusiastic team player

• Excellent attention to detail

• Strong academics

• An ambition to play a part in achieving success

• Excellent communication skills

• Commitment to delivering a high level of client service (both to internal and external clients)

• The ability to work under time pressures to meet tribunal and client deadlines. 


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