Family Law Solicitor

Gibson Kerr
Contract Type
Practice Area
Family Law
5+ yrs
We are looking for an experienced solicitor who specialises in family law. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to further their career within a supportive environment.

Job Description

Gibson Kerr is a long established, central Edinburgh, legal practice with a good client base, specialising in family law, personal law and residential conveyancing and estate agency. The business is a three-partner firm, with five other qualified solicitors, and a trainee solicitor.   We operate from two offices in Edinburgh’s New Town.


We are looking for an experienced solicitor who specialises in family law.  This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to further their career within a supportive environment.


The successful candidate will be responsible for their own caseload and will be required to help develop an already expanding department.  Part of their role will be to support more junior solicitors in the family law team.  They will report to partner Fiona Rasmusen.  The person will have a strong working knowledge of the relevant law, experience in a client facing role and good communication skills.  We envisage that they will have significant experience of dealing with financial provision in high net worth and/or complicated cases and, ideally, they will be accredited by the LSS as a specialist in family law.  If not, they will be expected to gain accreditation quickly.  They will be enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and with staff of this and other firms.  They will be hardworking, confident, capable of working with the minimum of oversight, prepared to take responsibility for their actions and to make a positive contribution to the functioning of the family law team.  An ability to deliver sound advice to clients in a confident and professional manner is essential.  They will play a key role in promoting the services of the business.  There are opportunities for advancement for the right person.


Qualifications and Skills:      

  • Experience of family law.
  • Ability to work without supervision.
  • Ability to support more junior solicitors in the team.
  • Computer Literate – MS Word, Internet, Excel (basic), email.
  • Knowledge of Sheriff Court procedures.
  • Knowledge of Court of Session procedures would be an advantage.
  • Driving licence.


Applicant Profile

  • Enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and staff of other firms.
  • Good team player.
  • Supportive for junior members of the team.
  • Must show a willingness to learn new tasks and firm procedures.
  • Must be prepared to take responsibility for the way their actions impact on the performance of the firm as a whole.
  • Must be prepared to perform all aspects of the job conscientiously. Must be able to handle a varied workload, prioritising tasks as appropriate.
  • Must be prepared to take the initiative where an opportunity arises in relation to getting new business and to go about their business in a confident manner.  


Responsibilities: To take up a senior role in the Family Law Department.                                        

Supervisor: Fiona Rasmusen

Job Purpose: To take responsibility for their caseload within the family law department by delivering an accurate, high quality, on time service to clients.  To play a key role in the development of the department and the firm in general.  

Standard expected: Must abide at all times by the ethical code applicable to Scottish solicitors. In particular must keep all information relating to clients strictly confidential, must not voice criticism of other solicitors/organisations to clients/public and must be aware of restrictions on touting for business. 

Must be dressed and groomed suitably for the job in hand.

Conditions of Employment:  Working hours will be 8.30am till 5pm, Monday to Friday. More may be required from time to time, on a voluntary basis.  Flexible and agile working can be agreed.

There may be some requirement for out-of-hours work, possible telephone answering, depending on how we decide to deal with out-of-hours contacts.             

Five weeks annual leave is given, plus five days’ public holidays: two days at each of Christmas and New Year and one day on Easter Monday.

Three months’ notice of termination of employment is to be given on either side, though there is a three-month probationary period during which the employer only requires to give one month’s notice. Three months’ notice period applies to the applicant during the probationary period.                                         

Promotion Prospects: To take on more responsibilities as the business expands.  Opportunity to advance for the right person.

Application Deadline: Friday 16 August 2019

No agencies, please.

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