Private Client NQ to 2 yrs PQE

Gibson Kerr
Contract Type
Practice Area
Private Client
Competitive + bonus
NQ, 0-2 yrs
We are seeking to recruit a newly qualified - 2 years PQ solicitor for our personal law department in Edinburgh, starting as soon as possible.

Job Description

Gibson Kerr is a long established, central Edinburgh, legal practice with a good client base, specialising in family law, personal law (private client) and residential conveyancing and estate agency. The business is a three partner firm, with four other qualified solicitors and a trainee solicitor.   We operate from two offices in north central Edinburgh.

We have a busy personal law practice and require a solicitor who is newly qualified, up to two years PQE to support a partner and solicitor who deal with personal law exclusively.  Our personal law department deals with a varied case load including will and power of attorney drafting, executry administration, power of attorney administration for elderly and vulnerable clients, estate and tax planning, cost of care advice, and trust drafting and administration.  The solicitor will be responsible for their own caseload, in particular assisting will and power of attorney drafting, and executry and power of attorney administration, but will also be expected to assist the partner and senior solicitor with their cases when required.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career within a supportive environment.  We aim to put the successful candidate through the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (Scotland).

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and colleagues.  They will be hardworking, confident and prepared to take responsibility for their actions.  A willingness to promote the services of the business when suitable opportunities arise is important.  Our preference is for someone who lives in Edinburgh or within easy commuting distance of our office.  

Competitive Salary Commensurate with Experience

Eligible for monthly staff bonus

Job Description

Job Title: Personal Law Department Solicitor

Qualifications and Skills:             

  • Newly Qualified -2 Years PQ solicitor in Scotland
  • Experience in personal law work desirable, but not essential
  • Computer Literate – MS Word, Internet, Excel (basic), case management system, email
  • Pleasant and outgoing manner with the public, both on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, while showing sensitivity to client needs and issues
  • Able to manage case load and prioritise tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to undertake training and study (commitment to STEP accreditation required)
  • Awareness of anti-money laundering issues and practice rules

Responsibilities: The solicitor will be responsible for assisting with:-

  • Executries
  • Wills and Succession planning
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney and other Adults with Incapacity measures

May also assist with the following where the opportunity arises:-

  • Trusts
  • Personal Taxation
  • Tax and estate planning

The solicitor will work under supervision, but will be expected to take ownership of their own case load.       


  • To effectively use the case management system in production of legal documents and letters.
  • To liaise with clients and other solicitors in connection with legal matters.
  • To promote the services of the business when suitable opportunities arise
  • To provide general administrative and client support as necessary.  We are a small firm and every staff member must be willing to help with whatever needs to be done.  
  • To learn and develop office administrative procedures to ensure smooth and reliable flow of work through office.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Supervisor: Lindsay Maclean

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:

  • Office hours are 8.30am till 5pm, Monday to Friday with one hour per day for lunch.
  • We do not take any public holidays, apart from 2 days at each of Christmas and New Year, plus Easter Monday. Five weeks paid annual leave is given.
  • Staff Pension Scheme.
  • We operate a monthly firm bonus system.

Applicant Profile

  • Enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and colleagues.
  • Good team player, with ability to work on their own where necessary. Must have a genuine desire to develop a career in personal law.
  • Must be prepared to take responsibility for the way their actions impact on the performance of the office as a whole.
  • Must be prepared to perform all aspects of the job, including administrative duties, conscientiously.
  • Will work under supervision, but must be prepared to take the initiative where appropriate.  Must be willing to assist with business development and go about their business in a confident manner.  

The Purpose of the Interview

This is for us to gain sufficient information about each of the candidates through answers to the questions that we will put to them to assess their suitability for the job. It is also to find out whether the most suitable individual is going to work on the conditions agreed between them and us and that he or she will enjoy and find satisfaction in the job.  The interview may incorporate a test, including a basics computer skills test.

From the candidate’s perspective, the interview is an opportunity to find out more about what the job will involve, the terms and conditions of employment and to ask other questions to enable them to decide whether to accept the position if it is offered to them. 

There may be a second interview.

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