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Recruitment

Current vacancies

  • Family solicitors (one in our financial remedy team and one in our childcare team) - closing date 21st May 2019
  • Paralegal/trainee solicitor - closing date 25th April 2019

Family Solicitor(s)

Hopkin Murray Beskine is looking for solicitors with 3-10 years PQE to join our successful childcare and financial remedy teams. We are a long established North London firm with clients from across London and beyond, who come to us because of our reputation and expertise. We have a busy private funded matrimonial department as well as a thriving legal aid family practice, including international child abduction panel work.

We are seeking to fill two posts:

1. Solicitor in the financial remedy team. We are looking for a solicitor with enthusiasm and the right skills for privately funded financial remedy work, together with the commitment, imagination and drive to develop a profitable case load. We are looking for candidates who can combine a problem solving approach with excellent client care and communication skills. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an effective approach to litigation, protecting client’s interests, and recognising the value of mediation, negotiation and litigation.  

2. Solicitor in the childcare team. We are looking for a member of the Children Panel, or an aspiring member close to accreditation, with excellent advocacy skills and a willingness to be part of and contribute to a team, and to take a lead in the supervision of CCMS applications.

More information about both posts is available with the application pack. We offer a collaborative workplace which is easily accessible from across London and beyond. The demand for our services far outstrips our supply.  The work carried out by the family law team includes privately funded financial remedy proceedings, contact and residence disputes, and international child abduction in the High Court and care proceedings. The team works closely with our lawyers specialising in housing, public law and human rights.

You will be supported by paralegals, trainees and excellent administrative staff.

Closing date: 10am on Tuesday 21st May 2019

Please note that we will be holding interviews for shortlisted applicants on Wednesday 5th June 2019

To apply, download our application pack here and the relevant application form and person specification document below.

• Application form for the Children Panel Solicitor position - PDF or Word document
• Application form for the Financial Remedy Solicitor position -  PDF or Word document
Person specification for the Children Panel Solicitor post
Person specification for the Family/Financial Remedy Solicitor post.

We will not consider applications other than those sent in accordance with the instructions in the application pack.

Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor

The recruitment process for our next paralegal appointments is open NOW.

We are looking for a paralegal to assist in our busy family and/or housing and public law teams.

We are looking for candidates with an interest in family law work and/or public law and housing work. We provide a collaborative workplace where you will be well supported and supervised by experienced lawyers and have the opportunity to work on a variety of different cases. We invest time in our paralegals, because we hope that those who want to become solicitors will go on to training contracts with us, and those who want to go to the bar or pursue other legal careers will take away valuable relevant skills and experience. In recent years, all of our paralegals who wished to become trainee solicitors have been offered training contracts.

The work carried out by the family law team includes care proceedings, privately funded financial remedy proceedings, contact and residence disputes, and international child abduction in the High Court. Paralegals in the family team work in both our public and private law teams and on legally aided and privately funded cases. They play a key role in our busy domestic violence injunction service including regular sessions at a local domestic violence centre.

Paralegals in our housing and public law team support solicitors in a range of interesting work, including judicial review, housing possession and disrepair claims in the County Court, illegal eviction, and homelessness challenges and appeals. Paralegals have a varied role, from helping with the County Court duty possession scheme to preparing cases for the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The team regularly undertakes high-profile strategic litigation.  

You will be expected to work hard, be flexible, produce excellent written work and establish relationships with a range of clients, from privately paying clients to vulnerable homeless people. We expect applicants to have a law degree or to have completed the CPE/GDL. Previous relevant experience is desirable but not essential.

The appointments will be for a fixed term of one year, starting in July 2019. For candidates who have completed the Legal Practice Course, this will be with a view to a training contract commencing after a year if performance meets expectations.

Closing date: 10am on Thursday 25th April 2019

Please note that we will be holding interviews for shortlisted applicants on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

To apply, download our application pack here and the application form as a PDF or Word  document.

We will not consider applications other than those sent in accordance with the instructions in the application pack.

Paralegals and trainee solicitors at Hopkin Murray Beskine


Our solicitors rely on the support of our paralegals, many of whom go on to complete training contracts with the firm. We provide a collaborative workplace where paralegals are well supported and supervised by experienced lawyers in our specialist family, public law and housing teams. Paralegals and trainee solicitors will have experience of a wide range of cases, including within our thriving legal aid practice.

Some recent comments from our trainee solicitors and paralegals:-

 

"From joining HMB in 2015 I was able to develop my interest in family law, first as a paralegal and then as a trainee solicitor. I had the opportunity to work on a range of cases, from care proceedings to private ancillary relief and from domestic violence injunctions to international child abduction work. I was able to provide advice at Hearthstone, a domestic violence and support centre, and to conduct advocacy on my own cases. I also gained valuable experience in housing and public law. I think that any lawyer starting out in their career would enjoy the variety of work and the collaborative environment at HMB. Having now completed my training contract I am now very pleased to be remaining in the family team as a qualified solicitor” (Avneet Panesar, newly-qualified solicitor, 2018)

 

"Since starting at HMB in August 2016 in the housing and public law department I have assisted on a variety of cases including possession, disrepair, homelessness and judicial review. I was immediately made to feel a part of the team, and the high level of responsibility I was given from the outset means I learnt a huge amount very quickly. I really enjoy and benefit from the collaborative environment here at HMB and the work is really interesting but also of great importance to our clients, who are often vulnerable people in difficult situations. I have had the opportunity to work on cases at all levels, from the County Court to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. I love the variety of work here, and since starting my training contract last year I have had the opportunity to take on my own cases and develop my legal knowledge further. I look forward to qualifying early next year.” (Rosie Gibbs, trainee solicitor, 2018)

 

“I joined HMB as a paralegal in September 2017. I have learnt a lot from and enjoy working with the experienced solicitors in the firm, who, along with the other paralegals and trainee solicitors, are very supportive. I am given a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to work independently across the departments’ varied caseload. I have lots of client contact and I’ve found it really satisfying to have the chance to see things through. For example, I took on a possession case from the outset under supervision through the different stages of litigation and attended the contested trial, where we were able to achieve an excellent result and save our client’s home. There is of course plenty of less glamorous work too, but this can also be satisfying to do well when you know that it will make a real difference at important stages of litigation, such as preparing judicial review bundles in high profile strategic challenges. I have interviewed and advised clients, clerked hearings, prepared witness statements, applications and other court documents, negotiated with landlords and local authorities, and drafted detailed representations in homelessness, possession and disrepair matters. I was very happy to start my training contract with the Housing & Public Law team and I later moved to the Family law department. This has been a great opportunity to gain experience in areas of law that I haven’t worked in before.” (Sam O’Flaherty, trainee solicitor, 2018)

 

“I joined HMB as a paralegal in September 2018 in the housing and public law department. In my short time here I already feel part of the team and have learnt a huge amount.  From the outset I have been able to contribute to work which is both interesting and rewarding. This has included issuing judicial review proceedings in the High Court; assisting with possession cases and injunctions in the County Court, and helping with appeals in the Court of Appeal. There is a great balance at HMB with excellent supervision but plenty of responsibility. I look forward to progressing at HMB and gaining even more legal knowledge and experience.” (Alexandra Goldenberg, paralegal, 2018)

 

"Since joining HMB in January 2017 I have worked with the housing, family and public law teams. I have been able to work on a variety of very interesting cases, including complex care cases and international abductions as well as on a case challenging the Government’s benefit cap policy. I have also been able to volunteer on a regular basis with a domestic violence support and advice centre. As an aspiring barrister due to start pupillage shortly, I have found working with HMB hugely beneficial. I was given a lot of responsibility straight away and was able to meet with clients, draft legal documents and attend court from my first week here. I’ve therefore been able to greatly progress my legal knowledge and skills and have been able to do so in a very friendly and supportive environment." (Liz Andrews, paralegal, 2017)

 



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