Head of Department - Private Client

  • Job Reference: LS/7088
  • Date Posted: 21 March 2020
  • Recruiter: Casey Associates
  • Location: Berkshire
  • Salary: £50,000 to £60,000
  • Sector: Private Client
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Cathy Casey
  • Email: c.casey@casey-associates.com
  • Telephone: 01273 488111

Job Description


A senior Private Client solicitor is sought to lead the Private Client department of a successful multi-discipline law firm in Berkshire. 

The firm:

We are a well-established and highly regarded firm in the Thames Valley. The firm is conveniently located between the M4 and M40 motorways and offers a competitive salary and bonus scheme together with genuine scope for career progression. A number of our employees from Partners to paralegals have been with us for most if not all of their legal careers and we attribute this to the excellent work-life balance and flexibility that we offer coupled with professional and personal development opportunities. We have an excellent client base including many high net worth clients.

What our client is looking for:

  • Outstanding technical knowledge and experience in wills, estate administration, trusts, tax planning, LPAs and Court of Protection work
  • STEP membership and accreditation

  • Proven management and business development experience in a similar role

  • Minimum 8 years PQE or similar knowledge and experience

  • Ability to manage own varied caseload including work for high net worth clients

  • Great communication skills

  • Commercial acumen

  • A sense of urgency and the desire and ability to deliver work ahead of client expectations

 Key responsibilities of role:

 Management and supervision of other private client fee earners ensuring balanced distribution of work, achievement of billing and other performance targets;

  • Responsibility for maintaining high professional standards of work;

  • Leading the department to ensure provision of organised, client-orientated, efficient and profitable delivery of private client legal services;

  • Strategic reviews of the performance of the department and design and implementation of short, medium and long term plans for improvement and growth of the department;

  • Business development for the team and the firm as a whole through networking, advertising and other marketing to ensure increase in volume of new high quality and profitable work.

 This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious and commercially minded private client solicitor who is looking to progress their career in a firm that offers a genuinely supportive culture and where striving for excellence in all matters at all times is key.