Roles at Thompsons
We are a large firm with offices nationwide and over 800 members of staff. We recruit throughout the year to a range of posts. You can find specific vacancies here on our site. We often advertise in the local press for general vacancies and specialist press for professional positions.
Most of our work is in personal injury, employment and criminal and professional misconduct law. These are exciting opportunities for dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative lawyers. You must be sensitive to the needs of our clients and have empathy with the trade union movement. An ability to make decisions, work with minimum supervision and exercise judgement are essential as is self-motivation and confidence. For most posts we would require a solicitor with between one and two years PQE or a legal executive/assistant with two or more years’ experience, within the appropriate specialism. We do have senior roles which would require considerably more legal and management experience.
Conducting and managing a varied and interesting caseload of multi and fast track cases. Experience of stress and RSI cases is often an advantage, as is some experience of working with a computerised case management system. Conducting unfair dismissal, sex, race and disability discrimination cases, in addition to providing advice to trade union clients on all aspects of employment law. Experience in lecturing, public speaking or marketing would be an advantage as would experience of advocacy before an Employment Tribunal.
There are a range of jobs which fall into this category. In the main you would be assisting our various specialist teams in day to day activities, which might include taking witness statements, preparation of special damage calculations, attending case conferences and court hearings etc. In some positions you would be allocated a number of cases under the supervision of a senior member of staff.
Excellent communication skills, computer literacy and good keyboard skills are essential. Legal experience is often an advantage and in some posts a law degree or similar as well as previous experience would be required.
Executive Support Assistants (Secretaries) and Admin Assistants
Litigation experience is essential, together with good organisational and communication skills, and experience of using Microsoft Word. Fast and accurate typing skills (often to RSA stage II standard or above) are also required, as is experience of audio typing. You must be a team player and be able to work with minimum supervision to meet deadlines in a busy and fast moving environment.
We have managers who head up our Finance, IT and HR functions. In addition, we have office administrators who do not undertake legal work but support the smooth running of offices by providing a professional service and dealing with admin, personnel and accounting matters. For all posts at this level we would require education to degree level or equivalent and significant experience in a particular specialism and/or people management.
We have a range of posts within the support functions of HR, Finance, Payroll and IT. In addition, each office will have general administration, post room and receptionist roles. Some posts are more specialised such as accountant or IT Developer. The person specification will be dependent upon the role, though like all our other posts we want commitment, enthusiasm and real team players. For professional level posts we would ask for an appropriate qualification and experience.
Work experience placements
We have a network of offices across the country and each office is responsible for any work placements available. You can find details of our office locations here. Please make direct contact with the office(s) in which you would be interested in undertaking a placement.