• Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Reference Number: LSW5312

Our client is an award-winning law firm based in the Southwest. On our client behalf we are looking to recruit 2 Private Client Solicitors (one 2-4 years PQE and the other 5 years + PQE) both are full time 9am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday, permanent positions.


The firm has plans to develop and grow the Private Client team and aims for the team to be at the heart of the business, working with all clients for their lifetime planning work as well as continuing to develop the probate work for the future.

The firm is matching its ambition for the team’s future with significant investment to achieve its aspirations.

The Role:

You will undertake a varied and interesting client caseload which will include but is not limited to lifetime planning for higher net worth and business clients, succession planning and elderly client issues. A particular part of this role will be developing the existing relationships with other teams (Family, Real Estate, Corporate and Contentious Probate/Trusts) to provide assistance with their clients’ needs and also to promote the cross referral of work into the Private Client team. In addition to client facing work, the senior solicitor will be involved in the general management of the team, supervision and assistance for junior members of the team and Lexcel compliance. The successful applicant will also be expected to get involved in business development activities. You will play a key role in managing the team that provides advice on lifetime planning, including developing and growing market share in this sector in the region, growing and promoting the team and overseeing its finances. This is a key part of the role. The team is undertaking a full review of its processes, precedents and methods of working to ensure that they reflect client and referrer expectations for the future.

The ideal candidate will be a Private Client lawyer who is either 2-4 years PQE or 5 + years PQE with STEP qualification. Our client would consider exceptional candidates without STEP qualification as long as they have equivalent experience.

You will be an ambitious individual who is ready for their next challenge. You will be looking to make your mark and build a successful career. This role will provide the opportunity for personal challenge and career development. To be successful in the senior solicitor role, you will have the experience, knowledge and capability to work on your own caseload and also be able to work and collaborate as part of a team. You will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to take a commercial and forward thinking approach to the development and management of the team. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a focus on exceptional client care. You will also be used to working in a busy and highly professional driven environment.

The position would suit someone who is able to use their initiative, is highly organised, accurate, proactive and committed to meeting deadlines while remaining calm under pressure. Excellent all round communication skills, professional telephone manner and attention to detail is essential. You will also have a flexible approach and the ability to work well within a team environment

You will also need to be IT literate and be able to use a case management system.

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, FTE of 25 days’ holiday per year, life assurance and private medical insurance schemes. You will also benefit from a employee ownership profit share scheme.


Please get in touch if you would like more information on this role or send us your CV below in complete confidence and we will get back to you.

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