Category: Careers

Head of Crime/Supervising and Duty Solicitor/HCA

Our dedicated Crime Team has infinite experience of all cases which may come before the magistrates’ or crown courts, within the team there is an appreciation for ancillary matters which can cause added concern for those subject to criminal proceedings. Consequently, we have individuals within the team with expertise in proceed of crime, immigration, employment, prison law, finance and managing the media.

You will deal all forms of criminal matters varying from offences against the person, theft, drugs, fraud, sexual offences and homicide dependent on the indictment.

As an accredited Supervising Duty Solicitor you will be required to attend both Courts and police stations in order to assist your clients.

As a Higher Courts Advocate you will be required to assist with progressive matters that may result before the Crown Court in order to assist your clients.

You will be required to conduct yourself selflessly in order to maintain your client’s interests and must be flexible in your approach but will backed with the support of the practice.

Within the role as Criminal Supervisor you will mentor junior staff, help progress their development and provide valuable training to the team, including fee earners and secretarial support teams.

Within the role as Head of Crime you will take lead for the Birmingham Office at a client and operational level. Ensuring processes are efficient, compliant and commercial. Collating effective management information, reporting to senior management and board of directors and implementing process where required.

What’s needed for me to be considered?

  • Be a qualified Solicitor and have at least 5 years + PQE with a strong criminal background
  • Police Station accreditation essential
  • Higher rights of audience and the ability to bring your own client following
  • Clear history of managing your own extensive caseload
  • Be very knowledgeable across a wide range of criminal matters
  • Possesses excellent client care skills
  • Superior drafting and writing skills as well as possessing an excellent ability to communicate
  • Be able to conduct themselves authoritatively within challenging and high-pressure environments
  • Strong commercial and operational skills, obtained in a senior management position
  • Results driven with a proven track record in securing fantastic results for clients
  • Sound understanding and ability to collate, interpreted and present management information for the department
  • Sensational people skills
  • Strong IT skills

Salary Bracket: Up to £45,000 with Bonus (DOE)

This is a role for a candidate ready to take that next step in their career to a senior level and become Head of Crime at a forward thinking firm.

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV, along with covering letter to: Dottie Fairbrother at Recruitment@hh-law.co.uk

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

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

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