Clerking Vacancies

Role: Civil and Family Clerk

Want to find out more about the role? Please email Helen Craven (Chambers Director) at hcraven@broadwayhouse.co.uk. All emails/applications will be treated with strictest confidence.

Description: Due to the increase in Civil and Family work, we are looking for an experienced Civil and Family Clerk to join our friendly Clerking team! Our offices are situated in the heart of Bradford and Leeds City Centre. Our working hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

Overall Purpose of Job: To assist the Senior Clerk in the smooth and efficient running of the Civil Clerking Team and to promote and enhance, whenever possible, the individual barristers practices and Chambers as a whole.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist solicitors in arranging Counsel of their choice and, where this is not possible, arrange alternative Counsel.
  • Book conferences.
  • Book in instructions and briefs and ensure that appropriate Counsel is, or has been, allocated.
  • Dealing with the listing of cases and advising each member of Chambers of their commitments the following day
  • Negotiate fees with solicitors, where necessary under the direction of the Senior Clerk, and assisting in the recovery of fees.
  • Be aware of long term case problems, liaise with Counsel and transfer briefs where necessary, after first consulting with instructing solicitors.
  • Keep computer diaries updated.
  • Ensure that fees are appealed when appropriate to do so.
  • Bill cases as soon as possible after the conclusion of the case or earlier if reasons dictate, and process cheques when necessary
  • Assist in the collection of fees as and when necessary
  • Assist the Senior Clerk and Marketing Manager from time to time in the marketing and promotion of Chambers

Key areas for results:

Knowledge of Counsels’ practices and range of work; knowledge of current rates for Counsel, communication skills, ability in administration; computer skills

Standards of Performance:

  • Client satisfaction with choice of Counsel.
  • Smooth transfer of Counsel when listing problems occur.
  • Fees agreed at the level appropriate to the amount and complexity of the work involved.
  • Prompt turn round of administrative paperwork and computer data.

Experience:

  • Experience preferable.
  • Salary dependent on experience.

 

Why Broadway House Chambers?

  • Excellent pension scheme.
  • Healthcare including a 24/7 remote GP, mental health support, physiotherapy, 24/7 wellbeing confidential helpline providing advice on a range of life and work issues, including financial, legal and family concerns.
  • Other health benefits such as eye tests and contributions towards glasses if required.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Staff and Chambers socials.
  • Payday breakfast.
  • Bonuses.
  • Staff Satisfaction:

In January 2022, we circulated an anonymous Survey Monkey link to staff to see how we could improve. This survey told us that 100% of our staff were happy working at Chambers. Comments included “Chambers is good at providing opportunities for staff”, “Chambers takes staff wellbeing seriously”, “Chambers is well managed, friendly and a really nice working environment”, “We have great relationships and teamwork”.

Our Clerking team has an outstanding reputation across the North Eastern Circuit and beyond. Feedback from clients, staff and legal directories highlight our friendly and welcoming nature.

“The clerks are great and friendly and weathered COVID-19 particularly well with no interruptions. The clerks always take time to get to know their solicitors, which is remarkable given how fast-paced things are.” “It is easy to get hold of the clerks and they respond promptly and efficiently. This has not changed during the lockdowns or pandemic generally, and a high standard of service has been maintained. Broadway House is a pleasure to deal with and they will go out of their way to ensure continuity of representation, even at very short notice.” “They make instructions easy and are clear in respect of their costs and timescales for payment, making sure there is clarity for clients and no misunderstandings.” (Chambers and Partners, 2022)

Work Experience

We regret that due to the highly sensitive nature of our work, we are unable to offer work experience.