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Senior Family Lawyer



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What you'll do

Two completely new roles have arisen owing to the success of the Family team, and their desire for continued growth with a focus on high quality, high net worth client work. We are seeking experienced Family lawyers to join our successful and highly regarded team, with a blend of office and home working available based around client and business need. This is a superb opportunity for an ambitious and capable senior lawyer to play a key role in the delivery of our growth strategy for Private Wealth in the business, with a focus on Bristol. Our Family team act for High Net Worth individuals on the full spectrum of family law both regionally and nationally and is a key part of the firm's Private Wealth sector, one of six core areas of market focus for the firm.

Joining us as a senior lawyer, you will be leading on developing a new offering to clients in the Bristol region, with strong potential for a route to partnership over time. As such, this is an incredibly exciting opportunity to raise your profile and maximise your existing networks and contacts. Over time, you will be recruiting to increase the junior support in your location, and with our 'one team' approach, you will benefit from considerable support from the outset. Working closely with the existing Family team based in Exeter, our lawyers form part of a wider team of private wealth lawyers and you will be joining an established tax and succession team based in our Bristol and Southampton offices. We also collaborate with our colleagues across the wider Private Wealth Sector including agricultural, mental capacity, dispute resolution and real estate for the benefit of our private clients.

What we're looking for

With extensive recent experience working at a senior level within a Family team, you will be seeking to take the next step in your career, where you can enhance your profile and create new and lasting connections with clients. We're seeking someone who is personally self-motivated and equally able to motivate others, with the enthusiasm and commitment to share knowledge and build capacity across the wider team. In your current work, you will be a strong business developer, able to engage with new clients whilst expanding existing relationships as a trusted business advisor. You do this by readily building trust with your clients, appreciating the importance of supporting them with relevant advice at the right moment. You will have already worked hard to begin building your profile in the region and are positive and active in engaging with a variety of business development opportunities within the region's commercial property network.

You are likely to be supervising and/or supporting the development of junior fee earners in your current role and be positive and approachable in doing so. We consider ourselves to be a high performing, welcoming and inclusive team, and your first-class communication skills will enable you to become a key member, gaining the trust of a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. Being resilient, thorough and attentive to detail, you take pride in the high standards of your work. In return for your considerable efforts, we are fully committed to working with you to unlock your potential and take your career where you want it to go.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

Foot Anstey is one of the UK's fastest growing law firms. We believe in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions. We are on an exciting journey to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values of collaboration over convention, championing aspiration, being refreshingly human, embracing entrepreneurial spirit and delivering integrated thinking guide the way we act, every day, from the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients.

Over our history we've grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Retail & Consumer, Financial Services, Energy & Infrastructure, Media & Entertainment, Developers and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from seven bases: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

Our people are critical to our success. We help our employees achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy. We believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. We are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies. Over 40% of our employees have a permanent flexible working pattern, which is something that we actively encourage. Due to the pandemic, the majority of our employees are currently working on a flexible, remote basis. We anticipate a gradual return to our offices over the upcoming months in line with Government guidance.

The recruitment process

We appreciate the time and effort it takes to apply for a role. We will acknowledge your application immediately and we will respond within 7 days regardless of outcome. We review applications on a rolling basis and will move to shortlist as soon as possible. Typically we undertake a two interview stage process. Throughout the process you will receive ample information about us and the role.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard in 2018 and to successfully renew this in 2021. That’s why this is right at the heart of our priorities. This goes beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership.

‘Powering your ambition’ is the statement that summarises what we stand for as a firm. It means that we aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us. As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you are encouraged to answer the diversity and social mobility monitoring questions. The answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

If you have any questions about the role or your application, then please contact Charlotte Ferguson ([email protected]) on 01392 685389.

And finally…

Good luck!

Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.


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