Associate - Family

Location: Birmingham
Office: Birmingham
Discipline: Family
Contact name: Ben Porter

Contact email:
Contact phone: 07587481088
Vacancy reference: 020609
Closing date: 31 May 2023

Family and Children Team, Birmingham office, Full-time, Permanent

The role

We are looking for a family associate to join our Birmingham office, dealing with all aspects of family law.  You will be working mainly with the Birmingham team but will also support team members in the wider Family and Children National Service Line as required.

The position would initially involve working with all members of the team with the intention, over time, of developing a separate case load covering financial and children related work.

This role will be based in Birmingham.

The Person

  • 2+ years PQE with training and experience in family law gained within a large regional or City firm.
  • Good academics
  • Enthusiasm and ambition
  • Commitment to offering professional service at the highest level
  • Ability to build relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers
  • Excellent written English for drafting purposes
  • Self-starter with common sense and initiative, and ability to work as a team-player working on complex matters
  • Very good time and documentation management skills
  • Ability to build very good relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers
  • Very good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources
  • High level of IT skills

Who will I be working with?

You will primarily work with Birmingham Family and Children team, led by Katherine Kennedy; and also as part of the wider cross office Family and Children National Service Line (NSL) headed up by Nick Stone.  The Family NSL is supported by a professional support lawyer.

What else should I know?

Based in Birmingham, this is an ideal opportunity to build your skills and experience with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the “Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 19 years.

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise.

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The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in agriculture, charities, education, food and beverage, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses from PLCs to start-ups, high net worth individuals and landowners, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations.

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to access your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions and cautions.

The package

As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits.  The firm’s standard benefits are detailed in the following link:

The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement.

Why not find out more about what it’s like to work at Mills & Reeve by taking two minutes to watch our video?

And finally..

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment.  We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment.  Please click here to find further information regarding our diversity policy.

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