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Legal Secretary for the Criminal & POCA Defence Department

We are looking for a Legal Secretary for the Criminal & POCA Defence Department to join our team, in the midlands, who are looking to develop their privately funded and white collar experience. You will join a vibrant and knowledgeable team whose current duty rotas cover Birmingham and the Black Country.

Requirements:

  • Experience is essential in a similar role
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills are required
  • Client care – ensuring clients receive excellent customer service
  • Dealing with incoming/outgoing post/emails
  • Audio dictation
  • Taking incoming calls
  • Professional telephone manner

Salary Bracket: Minimum Wage (DOE)

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV, along with covering letter to: Cortney Wollery, CortneyWoolery@crowndefence.com, or by post to Head Office for the attention of Cortney Wollery – Office 11, Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Bridge House 47-55 Bridge Street, Walsall, West Midlands, England

Cortney Woolery

Cortney is PA to Katie McCreath and assists Katie on day to day basis. Cortney is an ambitious  caseworker who is currently undertaking her Cilex qualifications to become a qualified Legal Executive under Katie’s wing.

Supervising Criminal Solicitor

We are looking for commercially minded supervising criminal solicitors to join our team, in the midlands, who are looking to develop their privately funded and white collar experience. You will join a vibrant and knowledgeable team whose current duty rotas cover Birmingham and the Black Country. There are opportunities with our branch office in Liverpool with a strong own client base in Liverpool along with Manchester, London and across the Midlands.

Requirements:

  • Full time (9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with the expectation of additional hours as required by the business), but we are happy to consider part time applications so long as they exceed 14 hours per week to maintain LAA duty status;
  • Full UK Driving Licence and own car; willingness to travel nationwide as and when required;
  • Excellent administrative skills, any experience of audio or live dictation would be desirable, able to use legal case management software, after relevant training;
  • Good IT Skills (usage of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Office and Case Management System will be expected);
  • Experience in Proceeds of Crime, Prison Law, immigration, conveyancing or motoring defence would be a benefit, you will be able to deal with the full range of criminal matters, to include motor offences, drug possession and some white collar crime, the firm are focused on quality and look to expand the private client base.
  • You will be a criminal solicitor, ideally with a minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience, with both the police station accreditation and duty status.
  • Higher Courts Advocacy qualification would be a bonus, the firm has an abundance of Crown Court advocacy opportunities.

There are opportunities within private immigration work and prison law, the firm benefiting from a prison law and immigration legal aid contract. The firm can offer excellent support and ongoing training and the right individuals will be given the chance to develop their career at a very early stage. If you are a commercially aware criminal solicitor who would like to join an approachable and expanding team, please apply now to be considered.

Salary Bracket: £25,000 – £35,000 DOE

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV, along with covering letter to: Cortney Wollery, CortneyWoolery@crowndefence.com, or by post to Head Office for the attention of Cortney Wollery – Office 11, Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Bridge House 47-55 Bridge Street, Walsall, West Midlands, England

Samera Zaman

Sameera-Crown

Samera is joining the team in January 2018. She is an experienced para-legal having worked in leading Proceeds of Crime and Matrimonial departments.

Samera has obtained her Legal Practice Course qualification and will be looking to qualify as a solicitor. She hopes to become a police station accredited representative in 2018 and commenced her training in 2017.

We are pleased to confirm that Samera will be heading the administration of the new premises in Birmingham which have been secured by Crown Defence and are set to open in February 2018.

Zakee Mushtaq

Hayley Skinner

Zakee is a caseworker within the Criminal department and is due to commence his training contract in January 2018.

Alongside this, Zakee is working towards becoming police station accredited.

Zakee has completed his Masters in Law at the University of Wolverhampton. He has also obtained a Distinction in Legal Practice at the same university together with awards for Commercial Law and Property Law & Practice.

Sharmine Miah

Sharmine Miah

Sharmine is a caseworker within the Confiscation and Restraints department and due to commence her training contract in November 2017.

Alongside this, she is studying towards obtaining her Legal Practice Course and Masters of Law qualification at the University of Law.

Sharmine has a keen interest in cases of corporate crime and this has been underpinned by her experience of preparing cases concerning fraud, financial and business crime. She has also been involved in preparing cases concerning drug conspiracies and criminal offences.

In her spare time, Sharmine assists organisations who strive for social justice taking part in programmes designed to rehabilitate prisoners and assist young carers and persons within the ‘BAME’ background into employment.

Criminal Duty Solicitor

We are looking for  commercial minded criminal duty solicitors to join our team, in the midlands, who are looking to develop their privately funded and white collar experience. You will join a vibrant and knowledgeable  team who’s current duty  rota’s cover Birmingham and the Black Country. There are opportunities with a branch office in Liverpool and a strong own client base in Liverpool along with Manchester, London and across the Midlands.

Requirements:

  • Full time (9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with the expectation of additional hours as required by the business), but we are happy to consider part time applications so long as they exceed 14 hours per week to maintain LAA duty status;
  • Full UK Driving Licence and own car; willingness to travel nationwide as and when required;
  • Excellent administrative skills, any experience of audio or live dictation would be desirable, able to use legal case management software, after relevant training;
  • Good IT Skills (usage of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Office and Case Management System will be expected);
  • Experience in Proceeds of Crime, Prison Law, immigration, conveyancing or motoring defence would be a benefit, you will be able to deal with the full range of criminal matters, to include motor offences, drug possession and some white collar crime, the firm are focused on quality  and look to expand the private client base.
  • You will be a criminal solicitor, ideally with a minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience, with both the police station accreditation and duty status.

There are opportunities within private immigration work and prison law, the firm benefiting from a prison law legal aid contract. The firm can offer excellent support and ongoing training and the right individuals will be given the chance to develop their career at a very early stage. If you are a commercially aware criminal solicitor who would like to join a approachable and expanding team, please apply now to be considered.

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV, along with covering letter to: Cortney Wollery, CortneyWoolery@crowndefence.com, or by post to Head Office for the attention of Cortney Wollery – Office 11, Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Bridge House 47-55 Bridge Street, Walsall, West Midlands, England

Proceeds of Crime/Criminal Paralegal

Full-time Role – Based in our Walsall & Birmingham  Office

Exciting opportunity in a developing young enthusiastic and expanding criminal defence firm in the Midlands. Crown Defence Solicitors are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and confident paralegal to join their Confiscation and Restraints department, along with their Criminal department. Although experience in crime and confiscation is preferred, we will of course consider experienced paralegals from other backgrounds if they can demonstrate that they hold the requisite skills for this position and have a genuine interest in developing in this niche area.

We are looking for someone who has a commitment to quality client care and who can maintain a high standard of work and concentration when perusing large volumes of complex evidence. Organisational skills are key. The candidate needs to be an excellent communicator as there will be direct client contact, as well as contact with Counsel, Experts, the Courts and other third parties. The department works closely together as a team however the candidate will be required to use their own initiative on many matters and therefore should hold excellent problem solving skills.

Due to the nature of the role and the level of clients, any candidate would have to demonstrate a high level of maturity and professionalism.

Opportunities to undertake Police Station accreditation allowing for additional hours for out of hours police station work to be undertaken upon qualification.

Immediate start available.

Requirements:

  • Full time (9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with the expectation of additional hours as required by the business);
  • Degree in Law;
  • Completed or currently undertaking the LPC;
  • Full UK Driving Licence and own car; willingness to travel nationwide as and when required;
  • Excellent administrative skills, any experience of audio or live dictation would be desirable;
  • Good IT Skills (usage of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Office and Case Management System will be expected);
  • Experience in dealing with clients on confidential matters whether legal or otherwise;
  • Good basic mathematical or accountancy skills due to the nature of the work;
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills including written and verbal communication, in particular it is essential that the candidate can demonstrate outstanding drafting skills as this is a key part of the role;
  • Investigative and analytical skills;

There are significant opportunities for progression and to be part of a dedicated specialist department in a growing firm, which prides itself on the highest level of quality and client care, including training contract opportunities after 12 months continuous service for the right individual.

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV, along with covering letter to: Cortney Wollery, CortneyWoolery@crowndefence.com, or by post to Head Office for the attention of Cortney Wollery – Office 11, Suite 10, 2nd Floor, Bridge House 47-55 Bridge Street, Walsall, West Midlands, England

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte began working as a Caseworker in a Specialist Confiscation and Restraints (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) Department in 2015 whilst still undertaking her degree in Law (LLB Hons).

After graduating in 2016, she commenced her Legal Practice Course and Training Contract and she is due to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2018. Charlotte is also completing a Masters Programme as part of her studies.

Charlotte works as part of our bespoke confiscation team and during her time working in this niche area of law, she has amassed experience in a number of confiscation cases following on from an array of offences. Charlotte has dealt with cases at every stage of the Confiscation regime, including both Pre and Post-Order and Enforcement; Charlotte has also assisted in preparing the cases of third parties wishing to assert an interest in assets subject to a Proceeds of Crime Act Application

Hayley Skinner

Hayley

Hayley Skinner is a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (GCILEX) and has over 14 years’ specialist knowledge of criminal law. Hayley obtained her degree in Law from Staffordshire University and obtained her Police Station Accreditation in 2012. Hayley has a wealth of knowledge and experience having dealt with clients accused of the most serious offences such as terrorism, murder, large scale fraud, dishonesty, rape, robbery and burglary. Hayley has a keen eye for detail and a particular interest in police station work and serious complex cases and prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients.