Senior Associate Solicitor – private client team

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We are looking for a senior associate to add to our established and thriving private client team. The role will involve advising our client base on all aspects of private client work (Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate) as well as supporting the partners with people management, client experience and business development initiatives.

About the team

Our private client team is one of the largest and most experienced in Hertfordshire. Ranked tier 1 for Legal 500 and band 1 in Chambers HNW, the team consists of four partners, one consultant, three senior associates, six solicitors, a court of protection manager and four legal assistants. Whilst this allows us to look after the needs of a vast number of Hertfordshire families, what sets us apart is our appeal to wealthy clients in London and the rest of the UK and those looking for a specialist trusts team. Our team is grouped into three main areas:

  • Protecting and managing wealth now and in the future through inheritance tax, estate planning and estate administration.
  • Lifetime planning, including Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection (COP) and professional deputyship services and the protection of vulnerable adults.
  • Trusts, with a dedicated trusts team of specialist lawyers to help clients set up and administer trusts.

Our clients

90% of work comes from existing clients and referrer recommendations. 100% of client survey respondents would recommend us to family and friends.

We continue to work closely with the leading financial advisers including St James’ Place and Tilney, as well as many banks, and regularly advise their London clients.

By raising our profile and developing relationships with other professional advisers we have seen a significant rise in young professionals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, business owners and wealthy young families in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK coming to us for advice.

Working with family, corporate, property and employment teams in the wider private wealth sector, we are developing long term and broader relationships with high net worth clients, helping them with many aspects of their personal and business lives.

To maintain and maximise client service standards we are Law Society WIQS (Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme) accredited and were one of a few firms in the area invited to pilot the scheme when it was launched.

Progression, growth and opportunities

Growing and developing our future talent is a priority and we help our lawyers to develop specialisms and skills to succeed. This position is key to our growth and future plans. With full autonomy and support, access to an extensive client base and working directly with the partners in the team, there are opportunities to progress to partnership.

The essentials

  • A minimum of 6 years PQE with a high level of private client technical knowledge.
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • A client-centred focus, taking responsibility for service levels and proactively maximising and improving client relationships.
  • People management and supervisory experience.
  • A can-do, motivated and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Good team player to include liaising with other teams.
  • IT skills – use of a probate case management would be beneficial.
  • A private client specific accreditation or qualification such as STEP or SFE would be ideal.

A little more about Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway is a progressive law firm with a long history and a reputation built on providing outstanding service and legal advice. Based in the heart of St Albans with a London presence, we help individuals, families and businesses in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK.

We believe passionately in building long term relationships with our clients and people.  Our teams of talented and ambitious people work together to help clients succeed. This is an opportunity to join an exciting and demanding work environment that offers support and guidance to help everyone achieve their best. Our career framework provides the opportunity to learn and develop in a structured but flexible way.

If you have the energy and imagination to make a difference and share our values, then Debenhams Ottaway is the perfect fit for your next challenge.


To apply for the role please send your CV to Alexandra Langley – recruitment@debenhamsottaway.co.uk

Recruitment Agencies

We operate a preferred supplier list for all permanent, contract and temporary recruitment.

If you are interested in being part of our PSL, please email us and we will supply you with a copy of our terms.

We ask you not to send CVs or terms of business to or make contact with our staff, management or partners outside of HR, unless you have been authorised by our HR team to do so.

Any CVs sent contrary to this policy will will not be accepted as introductions in accordance with any terms of business that are sent to us and/or our terms. We reserve the right to make direct contact with the candidate without entering into your TOB. Agencies who are part of our PSL found bypassing this process may result in us terminating our working relationship with you.

All CVs need to be sent to Alexandra Langley at our recruitment email address – recruitment@debenhamsottaway.co.uk

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