>SMQ Legal Services LLP

SMQ Legal Services LLP


  • Programme: Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
  • Location: Oxford
  • Salary: Competitive, depending on entry point
  • Minimum requirements: GCSE grades A to C or equivalent are essential, specifically Maths and English AND ONE of the following: Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship, Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Service, CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice OR CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice OR Qualifying Law Degree.

Closing date:
12 Apr 2019


Additional Information

This will suit a proactive law graduate, who is keen to get great hands-on experience and training in a high street practice. On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will become a Chartered Legal Executive Apprentice and be Police Station accredited.

We are looking for two apprentices to join our family orientated Firm in Oxford. You will practice in an array of fields (as detailed on our website) but predominantly work in family law (both private and public) and criminal defence law. The apprentices will also gain experience in other fields of law, including Litigation, Landlord and Tenant, and Employment (please see our website for a full array of services we provide).

We want to attract candidates who are keen to undertake advocacy before the law courts and are confident to develop this skill set under supervision.

We are also willing to fund apprentices completing the Police Station Accreditation Exam so that they can represent clients at the police station and earn over-time. It is very important that our Apprentices show a willingness to obtain this accreditation and recognise that when on call, you could be required to attend the local Police Station at Abingdon out of hours.

There will also be the opportunity to have access to legal learning tools and we believe networking is very important so apprentices will be given the chance to attend Chambers and learning events.  Suezanne King is a committee member of Resolutions in Oxford, a national organisation that help effects change in Family Law practice.

We are actively involved in Pro Bono work with the local Citizen Advice Bureau Offices and provide free 20-minute consultations on any service we offer.  Our aim is to find apprentices with a thirst to learn who can actually conduct these free 20 minute initial appointments on straightforward subject matters after obtaining sufficient training from us.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Attending court cases, when granted rights of audience, to represent clients in an array of legal matters and types of proceedings, predominantly in the family court and magistrates’ courts.  Applicants must therefore have a keen interest in advocacy and have a good command of the English language.
  2. Attend training for advocacy development.
  3. Progressing legal matters and transactions.
  4. Applying legal knowledge and judgement to produce solutions which meet clients’ needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances.
  5. Deploying the full range of legal skills – research, interviewing and advising, negotiation, drafting, communicating orally and in writing.
  6. Establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with clients and other people.
  7. Managing yourself and your work effectively.
  8. Working with the legal team to complete transaction processes.
  9. Processing contracts, amending documents where necessary, and ensuring that files are kept up to date.
  10. Running cases under supervision – this can include an array of tasks such as instructing experts, watching and analysing CCTV, taking witness statements, liaising with instructed counsel etc.
  11. Attending legal visits.
  12. Taking client instructions and providing legal advice and assistance.
  13. Drafting legal documents.
  14. Preparation of correspondence and documents through word processing.
  15. Receiving and directing telephone calls.
  16. Maintaining diaries and making appointments when required.
  17. Photocopying documents when required.
  18. Ensuring file management in accordance with Quality Procedures Manual, LAA Contract, Lexcel and SQM requirements.
  19. Liaising with clients in person and by telephone, including conferencing
  20. Liaising with others by telephone.
  21. Filing and other clerical duties when required.
  22. Undertaking legal research and maintaining legal knowledge through training.
  23. Compliance with SRA Code of Conduct and SRA Accounts Rules.
  24. Contributing to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment
  25. Contribute to maintaining and improving office procedures.
  26. Ensuring compliance with Equality and Diversity Policy
  27. Any other duties, which from time to time are required by the firm.
  28. To assist with the preparation and collation of correspondence and documents.
  29. To ensure that an effective filing system is maintained.
  30. To assist with the dispatch of outgoing correspondence and enclosures.
  31. To ensure the confidentiality and security of the firm’s and client documentation and information.
  32. To undertake any specific training when required to do so.
  33. Marketing – posting Social Media comments, drafting articles for the website.
  34. Accountancy – assisting the Finance partner with issuing client receipts and bills when required.

The ideal candidate will have the confidence to deal with various individuals and groups whether in conference or presenting a case at court. Each candidate must have an interest in becoming police station accredited to represent clients at the police station as well. You will be supported to undertake recognised qualifications whilst gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. You will need to be a team player, reliable, adaptable, trustworthy, conscientious, and able to work to instructions. You will need to be a team player, reliable, adaptable, conscientious, and able to work to instructions.


SMQ Legal Services LLP