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Why work with us?


Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors is a thriving law firm currently employing over 200 staff in regional offices across West Yorkshire. We seek to attract and reward the best legal talents in order to provide our clients with the highest possible standard of service.

We handle a broad portfolio of work for both business and private clients, offering a comprehensive range of career opportunities and the promise of continual professional development and career progression.

If you are interested in employment with Chadwick Lawrence, then please take a look at the positions available in our current vacancies section, where you’ll find all the information you need to apply.

About Chadwick Lawrence.

Here at Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer.

As a large firm in West Yorkshire we recognise the importance of creating a positive social environment through our extremely high level of service and expert legal advice.

We offer traditional legal services for private and business matters. These include services such as family law and conveyancing, which sit side by side in our personal services. Our business services include  employment law, commercial property and dispute resolution. Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors is one of the few firms in the area to have specialist medical negligence and sports law capabilities.

If we do not have any current vacancies or a particular job you are looking for, we are always interested in receiving applications from talented and enthusiastic solicitors at all levels. Please send your CV and covering letter to info@chadlaw.co.uk and a member of our team will contact you with any available recruitment opportunities.

 

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Conveyancing Assistant, Residential Conveyancing

Dock Street, Leeds

Practice Area: Residential Conveyancing

Experience: A minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role

Professional Level: Conveyancing Assistant

Salary Details: Competitive.  Negotiable dependant upon experience

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Location: Dock Street, Leeds

Chadwick Lawrence is recruiting for a Conveyancing Assistant working in its Conveyancing Department.

Candidates should be able to work as part of a team and support our experienced Conveyancers in everyday tasks such as dealing with general queries, assisting with completions, conducting searches, typing various letters, liaising with clients, solicitors, referrers and estate agents.

The successful applicant must be able to work on their own initiative and prioritise a busy workload.  Good communication skills are essential.  A working knowledge of Proclaim or other case management system is desirable but not essential.

Applications in writing to jobs@chadlaw.co.uk

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your application.

Due to a high volume of applications for this role it is not possible to reply to each Applicant individually.

If you do not therefore hear from the Firm within 2 weeks of your application please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

Chadwick Lawrence is an equal opportunities employer.  Selection criteria and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. 

Dock Street, Leeds

Conveyancing Assistant, Residential Conveyancing

Practice Area: Residential Conveyancing Experience: A minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role Professional Level: Conveyancing Assistant Salary Details: Competitive.  Negotiable dependant upon experience Working hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday) Location: Dock Street, Leed...

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Solicitor, Probate Department

Huddersfield

Practice Area: Probate

Experience: PQE minimum of 3-4 years

Professional Level: Solicitor

Salary Details: Competitive.  Negotiable dependant upon experience

Location: Huddersfield

Job Type: Part time – (3 – 4 days per week considered)

Chadwick Lawrence is recruiting for a Solicitor to work in its Probate  Department at Huddersfield.

Candidates should be ambitious and enthusiastic with a minimum of three to four years post qualification experience.  Candidates should be capable of working with a degree of autonomy and possess the drive to succeed.  The Firm is offering an attractive benefits package with the possibility to progress and develop within the Firm.

The successful candidate will work on a range of private client matters including drafting of Wills, Estate administration, Lasting Power of Attorneys.  Applicants must demonstrate good team working skills and an ability to work with other probate fee earners within the Company.

The role will also include the development of a trainee paralegal in the Department and similar experience in a development type role is desirable.

The role also includes marketing of the firm’s services within the community and business generation.  The ability to network and create business contacts is essential.

The successful candidate must be personable, demonstrating good communications skills and be flexible in their approach to work.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and an accompanying letter to  jobs@chadlaw.co.uk

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your application.

Due to a high volume of applications for this role it is not possible to reply to each Applicant individually.

If you do not therefore hear from the Firm within 2 weeks of your application please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

Chadwick Lawrence is an equal opportunities employer.  Selection criteria and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

Huddersfield

Solicitor, Probate Department

Practice Area: Probate Experience: PQE minimum of 3-4 years Professional Level: Solicitor Salary Details: Competitive.  Negotiable dependant upon experience Location: Huddersfield Job Type: Part time – (3 – 4 days per week considered) Chadwick Lawrence is recruiting for a Solicitor to wor...

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Legal Secretary, Property Litigation Department

Dock Street, Leeds

Position: Legal Secretary

Location: Dock Street Office

Responsible to: Partner in Charge

Hours:  Part time – 3 days per week. Monday and Tuesday working for the Property Litigation Team with one other day being as a floating secretary for the Dock Street office.  Hours 8.45am – 5.15pm with one hour for lunch (22.5 hours per week). Third working day open to negotiation  (*Flexi)

Salary: £Negotiable dependent on experience

The firm seeks an experienced Legal Secretary to work in our busy Property Litigation team two days per week (Monday & Tuesday) with one other day being as a floating secretary to support the Dock Street office.

Duties will include audio typing (through Big Hand) and copy typing of letters, memos and documents via the company’s OMS system,  dealing with large documents and making amendments as requested.  Other duties will include diary management, general administration and liaising with clients and professionals, either in person or via the telephone.  Experience of working in a property role is essential.

You should have good communication and keyboard skills, be a team player and able to prioritise the demands of your workload in a busy office environment.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to Catherine Milnes, HR Assistant, Chadwick Lawrence, 13 Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JS or e-mail jobs@chadlaw.co.uk

Due to a high volume of applications for this role it may not possible to reply to each Applicant individually.

If you do not therefore hear from the Firm within 2 weeks of your application please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

Chadwick Lawrence is an equal opportunities employer.  Selection criteria and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities

Dock Street, Leeds

Legal Secretary, Property Litigation Department

Position: Legal Secretary Location: Dock Street Office Responsible to: Partner in Charge Hours:  Part time – 3 days per week. Monday and Tuesday working for the Property Litigation Team with one other day being as a floating secretary for the Dock Street office.  Hours 8.45am – 5.15pm with ...

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Office Assistant

Wakefield & Pudsey

Position: Office Assistant

Age: 16+

Details: Duties will include, but are not limited to, photocopying, filing, post distribution, post collection and distribution, banking, data entry tasks, scanning, basic office administration.

Required: The successful applicant must have a professional attitude, be smart in appearance, demonstrate good communication and organisational skills and be willing to learn.  A minimum of GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and Maths is essential.

Location: Wakefield* & Pudsey

*The location of Wakefield the office is supported by only a limited public transport network.  Therefore, personal transport is advisable, but is not essential.

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday).  The Firm also operates a flexi-time scheme.

Salary: Meets minimum wage guidelines.

Training: Full in house training provided.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to Catherine Milnes, HR Assistant, Chadwick Lawrence, 13 Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JS or e-mail jobs@chadlaw.co.uk

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your application.

Due to a high volume of applications for this role it is not possible to reply to each Applicant individually.

If you do not therefore hear from the Firm within 2 weeks of your application please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

Wakefield & Pudsey

Office Assistant

Position: Office Assistant Age: 16+ Details: Duties will include, but are not limited to, photocopying, filing, post distribution, post collection and distribution, banking, data entry tasks, scanning, basic office administration. Required: The successful applicant must have a professional attit...

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Conveyancing Fee-earners

Various locations

Position: Conveyancing Fee-earners

Location: Various locations

Responsible to: Team Leader

Hours: Full-time, 37½ hours per week

Salary: £ negotiable, dependant upon experience

We are looking to recruit experienced Conveyancers to work within the conveyancing team at our various offices throughout West Yorkshire.

Working in all aspects of residential conveyancing work, including sale, purchase, freehold and leasehold work, applicants must be confident in dealing with their own high volume caseload and working cohesively within a team, as well a being able to work with minimum supervision.  A working knowledge of Proclaim or other case management system to prepare and process letters and forms correctly is essential.

The successful applicant will be required to generate revenue through business development and be able to demonstrate strong client management skills.  This opportunity would be ideal for someone with over 3 years’ technical experience within residential conveyancing and who is proactive in approaching the local market and developing new business for the Firm.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and an accompanying letter to jobs@chadlaw.co.uk

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your application.

Due to a high volume of applications for this role it is not possible to reply to each Applicant individually.

If you do not therefore hear from the Firm within 2 weeks of your application please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

Chadwick Lawrence is an equal opportunities employer.  Selection criteria and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

Various locations

Conveyancing Fee-earners

Position: Conveyancing Fee-earners Location: Various locations Responsible to: Team Leader Hours: Full-time, 37½ hours per week Salary: £ negotiable, dependant upon experience We are looking to recruit experienced Conveyancers to work within the conveyancing team at our various offices through...

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Chadwick Lawrence Trainee Scheme

For the first time, Chadwick Lawrence is offering an outstanding opportunity for two young people to kick start their careers by becoming an apprentice with ‘Yorkshire’s Legal People’.

Young people face increasingly difficult decisions about their future. The choice of higher education with its spiralling price tag or entering the job market in an uncertain economy could shape the course of an entire career.

This is why Chadwick Lawrence has decided to provide another option and is making a different career path into the legal profession available.

If you’re sitting A levels this summer and making big decisions about your future perhaps you’d like to consider working and learning at the same time as one of a number of apprentices who will ultimately become Legal Executives.

Chadwick Lawrence will pay a salary and will also meet all education costs for the qualification, as well as provide quality hands on work experience.

All interviews will be held during the Easter break and six potential apprentices will complete a week’s work experience at one of the Chadwick Lawrence’s offices in July during which they will get a feel for the various different types of law that the firm covers.

During this week Chadwick Lawrence will be looking for candidates with the desire and determination to succeed as well as the academic skills to cope with the qualification element to the training.

From the initial six, two final candidates will be selected in August and offered a place on the two year apprenticeship programme beginning in September including enrolment on the ILEX course at Park Lane (Leeds) gradually completing via day release.

The scheme offers an attractive alternative route into the legal profession, which doesn’t involve the huge amount of debt that university now involves. It is also a perfect opportunity to get some of the real, hands-on experience that most prospective employers want to see on a candidate’s CV.

In short, an apprenticeship with Chadwick Lawrence gives the best of both worlds.

What’s in it for us?

Well there are many advantages. We’ll have the real opportunity to mould and assist in the development of some very bright people who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to pursue a career in law, as well as a tailor made recruitment programme which teaches the way we believe works best as a Law Firm. We also see it as a genuine opportunity to make a difference and to build a very strong skill base of home grown talent.

Of course we are not alone in having apprentices. Many businesses have been taking on these types of recruits for years. We are, however, one of few regionally to do this in the Legal profession and we are very hopeful that it will produce some bright and determined lawyers in due course.

Qualification:

The programme itself will involve a mixture of both work-based learning and education. All apprentices will be required to study for an ILEX Examination (Institute of Legal Executives), taking an average of four years part-time study attending either one day or evening per week.

The ILEX course details are as follows:-

Stage 1 – Level 3 Professional Law Diploma (A ‘level standard)

Stage 2 – Level 6 Professional Higher Law Diploma (Honours Degree Standard)

Upon completion of both stages of the qualification, apprentices will be required to undertake a further two years employment with the Firm, before becoming a Legal Executive fee-earner at the Firm.

Entry Eligibility:

Applications are welcomed from all students who have already gained at least 5 GCSE’s at grade B or above in an academic subject, including English and Mathematics and three or more A ‘levels at grade B or above, in an academic subject during the summer of the current year.

Applicants must reside within easy travelling distance of our West Yorkshire based offices and must be available to attend for a work experience placement at a specific office prior to being offered a position.

Benefits Package:

Successful applicants will be mentored throughout their apprenticeship by a qualified member of staff.

Apprentices will receive an annual salary of £10,400 per annum, equivalent to £200 per week, which will be reviewed on an annual basis in October.

All training fees relating to the ILEX qualification will be paid for by the Firm.

Apprentices will also receive full contractual benefits including Holiday pay, Life Assurance and eligibility to join the Firm’s Pension Scheme.

Job Description & Personal Specification

Position: Trainee Legal Executive

Reporting to: Supervisor/Mentor/Department Head

DUTIES:

  • Entering, transcribing or dictating letters, documents and files notes in written and/or electronic format.
  • Drafting appropriate legal documentation when required to do so.
  • Support other fee-earners in the Department with larger transactional work.
  • Carry out general administrative duties including filing and photocopying
  • Recorded all telephone enquiries accurately and pass these to the appropriate person if required to do so in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that all files are kept in a neat and tidy condition.
  • Provide information to supervisors, work colleagues or clients by telephone, in person or in writing when required to do so.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and work professionals external to the Firm, ensuring that the Firm is always represented in a positive light.
  • Develop a working relationship with new and existing clients, ensuring an excellent standard of customer service.
  • Conduct regular reviews of all live matters, outstanding bills, work in progress and client balances, ensuring that any concerns are raised with your line manager, supervisor or Head of Department.

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES:

Time Management:

  • Manage time and workload effectively

Communication:

  • Ability to communicate well, either face to face, on the telephone or in writing.
  • Ensure that all communication is respectful and appropriate to the audience
  • Ensure that all written communication is accurate, understandable and grammatically correct.
  • Ability to express thoughts and intentions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Communicate in a professional yet friendly manner

Thinking:

  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to apply theoretical and academic learning to the workplace
  • Ability to apply learning opportunities from one situation to another

Computer:

  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel and the internet.

Personality:

  • Determined, hardworking and dedicated attitude to work and studies
  • Ability to receive feedback in a constructive way
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to cope well under pressure
  • Demonstrate good organisation skills
  • Demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic disposition
  • Shows a ‘can do’ approach
  • Ability to show a flexible and adaptable attitude to work
  • High degree of integrity, commitment and loyalty to the Firm

Relationships with others:

  • Obliging and responsive to the needs of the Firm
  • Activity encourage a team-working spirit within the office
  • Take responsibility for own mistakes learn from them
  • Lead by example and promote a positive and happy environment in which to work

DEVELOPMENT IN ROLE:

  • Monitor own performance to ensure that necessary improvements are made and to take appropriate action, when required.
  • Develop co-operative working relationships with others
  • Keep up to date with relevant legislation and practice.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with the SRA and Law Society Regulations
  • Ensure that personal billing and time regarding targets are met
  • Seek feedback own performance and actively seek ways in which to develop

Download our Apprenticeship Application Form.

Chadwick Lawrence Trainee Scheme

For the first time, Chadwick Lawrence is offering an outstanding opportunity for two young people to kick start their careers by becoming an apprentice with ‘Yorkshire’s Legal People’. Young people face increasingly difficult decisions about their future. The choice of higher education with it...

Find out More >