Careers

Careers

Housing Case Officer

Middlesbrough

Role: Housing Case Officer

Department: Housing CLA Department

Location: Middlesbrough

Hours: Full Time

As a leading provider in Housing Law, Watson Woodhouse Ltd have a fantastic opportunity for an individual who is passionate about housing law to join our busy Civil Legal Advice (CLA) Team as part of a National Telephone Advice line.

The role:

The successful candidate will be required to progress cases, contact local authorities, and other landlords, manage the case files, and advise on a wide range of housing issues including homelessness, possession, eviction, disrepair, harassment, and anti-social behaviour.

Requirements:

  • Legal qualification is desirable but not essential
  • Demonstrable experience in handling a wide range of housing issues including homelessness, possession, eviction, disrepair, harassment, and anti-social behaviour, having worked in a law firm or in a citizen advice setting
  • Experience providing legal advice in housing law is essential
  • Experience of Debt Management
  • Ability to demonstrate use of sensitivity when dealing with clients and manage difficult conversations
  • Clear and precise written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to prioritise and organise a complex workload to deadline
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual on their own initiative

In return we offer a competitive salary, role prospects and training, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, workplace pension and staff benefits.

Email covering letter, CV and salary expectations to our Human Resource Department, at HR@watsonwoodhouse.co.uk by 5.00pm on the 11 December 2020.

Should you have any questions about the role/department please feel free to contact our HR team at the email above.

Family Solicitor/Legal Executive

Role:   Family Solicitor/Legal Executive

Department:    Family Department

Location:   Middlesbrough, Stockton or Darlington

Hours:     Full Time

As a leading North East provider of Family Law, Watson Woodhouse Ltd are seeking a Family Fee Earner to work in one of our offices in the North East. This is an excellent opportunity to work for a very progressive practice, amongst some of the region’s leading lawyers. 

The role:

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and be able to deal with all aspects of family law with particular focus on divorce, finance, children and public law. The role will involve managing of a client caseload and ensuing high standards of client care and development of good working relationships with external institutions and organisations. To support and develop any immediate support and fee earning staff as agreed with the Head of Department and play an active part in the promotion of the firm’s services.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years Post Qualification Experience within Family Law is essential.
  • The ability to deliver Excellent Client Care.
  • A good working knowledge of Legal Aid.
  • Strong drafting skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advocacy experience.
  • Ability to demonstrate use of sensitivity when dealing with clients and manage difficult conversations.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual on their own initiative.
  • High levels of attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to prioritise and organise a complex workload to deadline.

In return we offer a competitive salary, role prospects and training, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, workplace pension and staff benefits.

Email covering letter, CV and salary expectations to our Human Resource Department, at HR@macks.co.uk

Should you have any questions about the role/department please feel free to contact our HR team at the email above.

Civil Litigator

Middlesbrough

Role:   Civil Litigator/Senior Clerk

Department:   Civil Litigation Department

Location:   Middlesbrough

Hours:   Full Time

(Part Time will be considered)

Watson Woodhouse Ltd is seeking a passionate and innovative Fee Earner / Senior Clerk to work from the Middlesbrough office. This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in high profile and ground breaking cases, supporting the most vulnerable members of society. The team works across multi-discipline areas including Civil Actions Against Public Authority; Inquests; CICA; Abuse Claims; Human Rights; Judicial Review; Defamation / Misuse Private Information and Personal Injury work. We offer Legal Aid in the areas of CAPA; Inquest and Housing Litigation. 

The role:

The successful candidate will initially offer case progression support to two of the senior fee earners, with view to developing the knowledge and skills to manage an independent caseload, predominately in the areas of CAPA; inquests/inquiries; Human Rights; Abuse and Psychological injury claims. Attend Client meetings; hearings and Court to liaise with Clients, Counsel, Defendants, Coroner; IOPC and other third parties. As well as take witness evidence, and to draft instructions and correspondence to clients, court and defendants and deal with all forms of funding, including Legal Aid and CFA’s and to submit applications to the LAA online via CCMS.

Requirements:

  • Legal qualification preferable or equivalent experience.
  • Equivalent to 3 years PQE desired, but all candidates with relevant experience will be considered.
  • Experience in Civil Actions Against Public Authority, Inquests, CICA claims, Abuse Claims, Human Rights, Judicial Review, General Civil Disputes, Defamation / Misuse Private Information and in Legal Aid Finding.
  • Ability to demonstrate use of sensitivity when dealing with vulnerable clients and manage difficult conversations.
  • Clear and precise written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to prioritise and organise a complex workload to deadline.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual on their own initiative.

In return we offer a competitive salary, role prospects and training, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, workplace pension and staff benefits.

Email covering letter, CV and salary expectations to our Human Resource Department, at HR@macks.co.uk

Should you have any questions about the role/department please feel free to contact our HR team at the email above.

Housing and Debt Advisor

Middlesbrough

Role:   Housing and Debt Advisor

Department:   Housing Department

Location:   Middlesbrough

Hours:    Full Time (Part Time will be considered)

As a leading provider in Housing Law, Watson Woodhouse Ltd have a fantastic opportunity for an individual who is passionate about housing law to join our busy Housing Team dealing with a wide range of housing issues including possession, eviction, disrepair, homelessness, harassment, anti-social behaviour.

The role:

The successful candidate will be required to take instructions and advise clients as part of Civil Legal Advice (CLA) remote advice line, which is a National Telephone Advice line. Administrative duties include document file management and billing assistance. As well as undertaking legal research and assisting with case preparation support to the senior fee earners, developing the knowledge and skills to manage an independent caseload.

Requirements:

  • Legal qualification preferable or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in housing law is essential – including but not limited to; advising tenants on all aspects of possession matters including warrants, homelessness, disrepair, anti-social behaviour, harassment.
  • Experience representing at Court is preferable, but not essential as training can be provided.
  • Experience assessing financial eligibility for legal aid is preferable, but not essential as training can be provided.
  • Ability to demonstrate use of sensitivity when dealing with clients and manage difficult conversations.
  • Clear and precise written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to prioritise and organise a complex workload to deadline.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual on their own initiative.

In return we offer a competitive salary, role prospects and training, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, workplace pension and staff benefits.

Email covering letter, CV and salary expectations to our Human Resource Department, at HR@macks.co.uk

Should you have any questions about the role/department please feel free to contact our HR team at the email above.

New Vacancy - Police Station Representative

Middlesbrough

We are hiring!

New Vacancy – Police Station Representative

  • Role: Police Station Representative
  • Department: Crime
  • Location: Middlesbrough (Office Based)
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Closing date: 27.11.2020

Watson Woodhouse Ltd are expanding their Criminal Law Department and are offering a fantastic opportunity to join our highly motivated telephone advice team.


We are looking for flexible and enthusiastic individuals to assist in the delivery of remote advice and assistance to those detained at the police station. We have two full time positions available, based at our Middlesbrough headquarters. The successful candidates will receive full training, support and supervision throughout.

The role:

The successful candidates will be required to take initial instructions, over the telephone, from clients detained in police custody. You will be required to ensure that their legal rights are adhered to and be ready to make any relevant representations where required.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To take instructions and provide telephone advice to clients detained in police custody.
  • To ensure that the client’s legal rights are being adhered to under PACE 1984 and the police code of conduct.
  • To have clear communication and good typing skills.
  • To clearly document any instructions taken or advice given.

Requirements

  • Candidates must be a qualified Police Station representative, however, probationary representatives may also be considered.
  • Candidates must be highly motivated, with good communication and time management skills.
  • Candidates must be reliable, flexible and be a strong team player.
  • Candidates must be available to work shifts, involving both days and nights where required.

A competitive salary is offered, together with the opportunity to earn additional fees from police station attendances; at the best paid rates in the North East.


If you are interested in this position, please email a covering letter and a copy of your CV to Chris Tame, at ctame@watsonwoodhouse.co.uk

New Vacancy - Conveyancing

A leading North-East law firm is seeking a full time  Conveyancing Solicitor/Licensed Conveyancer /Chartered Legal Executive with 3 years PQE  for an immediate start  to work in our Middlesbrough office.

Applications are invited from full-time Lawyers with previous experience.

This is an opportunity to work for a very progressive practice, amongst some of the region’s leading lawyers.  

In return they offer a competitive salary, role prospects, 25 days holiday plus  bank holidays and a first class working environment.

Job Description

To manage all client work allocated in accordance with detailed procedures and quality standards contained in the practice’s office manual.

To ensure that all client work is progressed expeditiously and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and on costs.

At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a professional and pleasant manner.

To ensure the confidentiality and security of all documentation and information of the practice and clients.

In close liaison with the accounts department, to have overall responsibility for credit control on own matters.

To comply with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules and the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct 2007.

To maintain clear and precise communications with other personnel in the practice.

To ensure good working relationships with external institutions and organisations.

To supervise, support and develop immediate support staff and fee earning staff as agreed with the Head of Department.

To take responsibility for and attend to your CPD needs.

In conjunction with the practice, to comply with the relevant training requirements of the SRA and to assist with in-house training as may be required.

In liaison with Head of Department and other partners, to be active in promoting the services of the practice and its image and ethos.

To carry out any other duties and responsibilities that may be required by the Directors.

Please send CV  by email  for the attention of Vicky Thomas HR Manager  Vicky.thomas@macks.co.uk

New Vacancy - Police Station Representative

We are hiring!

New Vacancy – Police Station Representative

  • Role: Police Station Representative
  • Department: Crime
  • Location: Middlesbrough (Office Based)
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Closing date: 30.09.2020

Watson Woodhouse Ltd are expanding their Criminal Law Department and are offering a fantastic opportunity to join our highly motivated telephone advice team.


We are looking for flexible and enthusiastic individuals to assist in the delivery of remote advice and assistance to those detained at the police station. We have two full time positions available, based at our Middlesbrough headquarters. The successful candidates will receive full training, support and supervision throughout.

The role:

The successful candidates will be required to take initial instructions, over the telephone, from clients detained in police custody. You will be required to ensure that their legal rights are adhered to and be ready to make any relevant representations where required.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To take instructions and provide telephone advice to clients detained in police custody.
  • To ensure that the client’s legal rights are being adhered to under PACE 1984 and the police code of conduct.
  • To have clear communication and good typing skills.
  • To clearly document any instructions taken or advice given.

Requirements

  • Candidates should be a qualified Police Station representative, however, probationary representatives may also be considered.
  • Candidates must be highly motivated, with good communication and time management skills.
  • Candidates must be reliable, flexible and be a strong team player.
  • Candidates must be available to work shifts, involving both days and nights where required.

A competitive salary is offered, together with the opportunity to earn additional fees from police station attendances; at the best paid rates in the North East.


If you are interested in this position, please email a covering letter and a copy of your CV to Chris Tame, at ctame@watsonwoodhouse.co.uk

New Vacancy - Civil Litigator

Civil Litigator/Personal Injury

Watson Woodhouse Ltd is expanding their Civil Litigation team and seek an innovative and forward thinking Fee Earner / Senior Clerk to work from their Middlesbrough office,.

Our team works across multi-discipline areas including Civil Actions Against Public Authority; Inquests; CICA; Abuse Claims; Human Rights; Judicial Review; Defamation / Misuse Private Information and Personal Injury work. We offer Legal Aid in the areas of CAPA; Inquest and Housing Litigation. 

Our team have been involved in high profile and ground-breaking cases and continue to fight for the rights of some of the most vulnerable members of society.

The role

  • The candidate will initially offer case progression support to two of the senior fee earners – with view to developing the knowledge and skills to manage an independent caseload predominately in the areas of CAPA; inquests/inquiries; Human Rights; Abuse and Psychological injury claims.
  • To assist with the marketing and expansion of the department as a whole.
  • To develop and use external links to promote the team and build work streams

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Assisting Senior Fee Earners with complex cases;
  • The work is varied and will involve undertaking a range of activity including legal research and assisting with case preparation;
  • Attendance at Client meetings; hearings and Court to liaise with Clients, Counsel, Defendants, Coroner; IOPC and other third parties
  • Taking witness evidence, drafting instructions and correspondence to clients, court and defendants;
  • The role will also include administrative work such as document; file management and billing assistance;
  • Dealing with all forms of funding, including Legal Aid and CFA’s and submitting applications to the LAA online via CCMS.

Person Specification and preferential skills

  • Legal qualification preferable but not essential;
  • Equivalent to 3 years PQE desired, but all candidates with relevant experience considered, including those who are unqualified but have a passion and commitment to fight for justice;
  • Experience in dealing sensitively with clients and experts, providing solutions and managing difficult situations and conversations;
  • Experience of working with vulnerable clients;
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated by an ability to communicate accurately, clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent time management skills, demonstrated by ability to organise and prioritise a complex workload and work to tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work in and contribute to a team environment;
  • Ability to multi-task, work well under pressure and use own initiative.

Competitive salary, excellent prospects and training provided.

Email covering letter, CV and salary expectations to Vicky Thomas HR Manager email vicky.thomas@macks.co.uk

Should you have any questions about the role/department please feel free to contact our recruitment team at the email above and they will respond directly.

Preference to have experience in issues including:

  • Civil Actions Against Public Authority
  • Inquests
  • CICA
  • Abuse Claims
  • Human Rights
  • Judicial Review
  • General Civil Disputes
  • Defamation / Misuse Private Information
  • Preferable to have experience in Legal Aid Finding

Contacting Us

01642 247656 info@watsonwoodhouse.co.uk 24 Hour Arrest Helpline 01642 917175

Head Office

102-108 Borough Road
Middlesbrough
Teesside
TS1 2HJ
United Kingdom

Company Registration Number: 10868114 VAT Number: 499 468 172

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