Matthew Gold & Co Ltd (London & Eastbourne) - Trainee Solicitors

We are seeking 3 enthusiastic Trainee Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executives to join the firm. Training positions are available in both our North London and Sussex office based in Finchley and Eastbourne respectively.

Our firm

The firm is a specialist civil liberties firm and applicants will work across our Claims against Public Authorities and Public Law and Community care teams We are a friendly and dynamic team with work that is often unusual and requires quite a lot of lateral thinking across a number of disciplines.  The firm is a recommended Legal 500 firm undertaking a broad range of private and public law litigation.

Our Civil Claims team act for Claimants in a range of inquest and private law claims against public authorities. We specialise particularly in actions against the police for abuse of power and misconduct, with most of our cases raising human rights arguments.

We also have a public law and community care team acting in a broad range of judicial review challenges against public bodies. We have a particular focus on migrant rights and police law.

As a firm we remain committed to continuing to undertake publicly funded work and acting for marginalised individuals and groups, and the majority of our cases are funded by legal aid.

The role

Our Trainees will undertake seats within our Civil Claim teams and Public law teams and those joining our London office will have the opportunity to undertake some community care litigation. During the course of the training contract, all trainees will assist fee earners in claims including police and prison law actions, inquests, protest rights, equality and discrimination challenges, information law, judicial review and other public law and/or community care challenges.

The work is varied and will involve undertaking a range of activity including legal research, assisting with case preparation, completing legal aid funding applications, attendance in client meeting, conferences and at Court, taking witness evidence, drafting instructions and correspondence to clients, court and defendants and billing assistance. It will also include administrative work such as document and file management. Further details of the role can be found in the job description.

Skills and Experience

We are looking for dynamic yet methodical thinkers with a keen eye for detail. Previous paralegal experience is desirable, and experience or a demonstrable commitment to the areas of law we practise is desirable. Knowledge of legal aid procedures is also an advantage. Strong administrative and organisation skills are required, and previous experience of working in an office is essential. Please see the person specification for further details.

Details

- Location – Finchley N12 (London office) or Eastbourne, BN21 (Sussex office)

- Full-time role – 9.30-5.30 [35 hours per week]

- Starting March 2018 (Sussex office) and September 2018 (London)
 
- Salary £22,000 per annum

Application process

The job description and person specification is available here.

Applications should be made on the application form supplied (CVs will not be accepted):

By email to: matthewgoldvacancy@matthewgold.co.uk, OR

By post to: Matthew Gold & Company Limited, 1st Floor, 2D Lodge Lane, North Finchley, London N12 8AF.

Closing date: 5pm on 23 February 2018

We regret that due to the volume of applications we tend to receive, we cannot guarantee feedback to all unsuccessful candidates. We will contact all shortlisted candidates.