Criminal Solicitor Vacancies
Crime Department - Specification
Job Title: Criminal Solicitors
Location: London (City of London or Stratford office)
Contract: Permanent - Full-time, Part-time or Consultancy position
Salary: Competitive - dependent on experience
Benefits include: 20 days holiday p.a. plus public & Bank Holidays; cycle to work scheme (these will not apply to self-employed consultants). We have regular social activities & pride ourselves on having a positive and supportive culture. We promote flexible working practices and are always keen to develop innovative working methods - most of the firm’s departments are now largely paperless.
Application closing date: 2 July 2021
We have a number of vacancies for solicitors to join our leading Crime Department. The position will provide a perfect opportunity for solicitors to develop their expertise in general crime as well as in high profile and complex cases. The successful candidates will be joining a vibrant, growing and supportive team who are committed to securing justice for clients that are subject to criminal investigation/prosecution. Duty status is preferable but not essential.
ITN Solicitors is a leading law firm with offices in the City of London (Tower Hill) and east London (Stratford). We have departments in Crime, Actions against the Police, Public Law, Prison Law, Children & Family Law and Immigration. The firm’s ethos is built on a commitment to human rights, civil liberties and access to justice. It conducts a significant amount of publicly funded work however it also services a growing private client base.
ITN has built an international reputation for the work it undertakes which is often high profile and receives both national and international media attention. Many of the firm’s departments are ranked in the main legal directories as leaders in their respective fields, and the firm has a keen focus on maintaining high standards of legal advice and client care. The firm is committed to the continuing professional development of all its staff.
ITN’s Crime Department is recognised as one of the leading criminal practices in the country. It is a busy, dynamic and diverse working environment presenting opportunities to engage in a wide variety of work. The department attracts work not only from its local duty solicitor schemes but also from its large and ever growing own client following, receiving instructions not only from locally based clients but also those based across the country and even abroad.
The department is known for its fearless and dynamic approach to litigation and the ability to find and apply novel solutions to cases with difficult legal and factual issues. ITN has developed a strong reputation for successfully representing clients in the more challenging and complex aspects of criminal law work.
The department covers the full spectrum of criminal defence work including business crime and regulatory offences, serious organised crime, terrorism cases and general ‘street’ crime. The firm is also at the forefront of cases involving protest law, police powers, terrorism law and national security issues with members of the firm regularly conducting training, contributing to legal textbooks and providing their opinions to local and national media and even on occasion to Parliament.
The day-to-day work we do covers everything from pre-arrest negotiations through to advice and assistance at the police station and representation at the Magistrates’ Court and/or the Crown Court. The department also has a healthy appellate and CCRC practice with a strong track record at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The firm has also established a growing client base for extradition work.
The department works closely with all of our other departments but in particular with our Prison Law and Actions against the Police Departments.
The Applicant Specification
We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We offer flexible working conditions. We are looking for qualified solicitors who meet the specification below.
- Duty status would be preferred but is not essential
- Experience as a paralegal or in office administration
- Computer literate - working knowledge of MS Office, LAA E-forms, CCDCS, CJSM
- Proven time-management skills and ability to multitask
- Good academic background and sound legal knowledge.
- Genuine interest in working in criminal defence law
- Strong client relationship building skills
- Commitment to human rights, civil liberties and access to justice
- Ability to provide high quality client care and service
- Ability to promote growth of the department
The successful applicant will become a valued and integral member of our crime team. The role will include:
- compliance with all relevant professional and contractual rules, regulations and codes of conduct;
- preparing criminal defence cases from pre-arrest stage through to appeal as appropriate;
- advising and representing clients at police stations, Magistrates’ Courts and/or Crown Courts;
- efficient management of a busy case load whilst also regularly attending courts/police stations;
- preparing appeals to higher courts as needed;
- participating in out of hours police station rota scheme;
- working productively to retain existing client base and attract new clients and referral sources to the firm;
- dealing pro-actively with funding issues for both private and legally aided clients;
- working on cases as required both as an individual and as part of the wider crime team;
- effective use of digital platforms for legal aid, evidence, communications with Court and CPS and access to firm’s servers and case management systems;
We are looking for hard-working and proactive individuals who are able to use their initiative and develop their own caseload. A positive attitude and an active interest in developing knowledge and expertise in this area of law are essential.
Applications should be made by way of a CV and covering letter/email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We reserve the right to close this vacancy should suitable candidates be identified prior to the deadline.