Careers


We are a highly respected legal firm based near Suffolk’s picturesque Heritage Coast, and we are always looking for talented people.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for any of these vacancies or opportunities, please send your CV, together with covering letter to Claire Vincent, Partnership Manager.

Similarly, we are always pleased to receive applications on a speculative basis, which should be submitted in the same way.


Barker Gotelee is committed to recruiting people fairly and objectively. All applications will be treated equally, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, i.e. regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We have a reputation for providing clients with a trusted legal service that is unmatched in its excellence and considerate approach. By joining us, you will be part of a team that believes in giving clients a first-class personalised service.

We need high-calibre employees who can offer the best quality legal support, while working in a friendly environment and making the most of our training and development opportunities.

We are based in Martlesham, just outside Ipswich, ideally situated between the town and the countryside. Just a few miles away are the beautiful beaches and picturesque seaside towns of Suffolk’s historic Heritage Coast, whilst in the other direction you can reach London in just over an hour. The area boasts fashionable locations such as Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Southwold and Walberswick and enjoys a vibrant cultural and social scene with events such as the Latitude Festival taking place each year.

Vacancies


Head of Family Department

Barker Gotelee is a highly regarded Chambers/Legal 500 rated firm, established in 1988. The firm is solely based at Martlesham Heath, just outside Ipswich.  It has grown significantly and has exciting plans to accelerate this.

Due to retirement, we are seeking a highly motivated, commercially orientated and ambitious family lawyer/leader-manager to head the Family Department. This will involve working closely with the firm’s other departments – Property, Private Client and Business Services.

This full-time role will require managing and developing an existing caseload of varied and high quality matters, which includes divorce, separation, pre-nuptial agreements, financial remedy applications and private law children cases.  The client portfolio includes a number of high net worth clients, and you will need to be adept at adding to this.  You will need to manage a small team of fee-earners and administrative staff.  This will require people management skills.  Some previous experience of having successfully managed other people, or a department, is desirable.

This role will suit a lawyer 6+ years PQE. You will also need to be a member of Resolution, or a similar organisation.  However, this PQE is expressed as a guideline only. We are happy to hear from anyone who can demonstrate the necessary capabilities required to effectively fulfil the role.

Applicants must be commercially minded, team-oriented, confident and efficient and put excellent client service at the heart of their work. They must also have proven fee-earning, case management and client development skills, together with superior organisational and financial management discipline.  A desire and ability to contribute effectively to marketing, networking and business development activities, both for the department and the firm as a whole, is also required.

Excellent prospects for advancement to Partner/Member will be made available to the appointee, should they be successful in the role. The firm’s specific expectations will be discussed in more detail at interview.

A competitive salary, dependent on qualifications, experience and record of achievement, together with an attractive benefits package (set out below), is offered for this role.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV, attaching a covering letter, to Claire Vincent, Partnership Manager, via the “Send CV” button, or via post to Barker Gotelee, 41 Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 3RF. Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in the role and why you think you would be successful in it, highlighting your standout career achievements to-date, together with your professional plans and ambitions.

Company and Commercial Lawyer

Barker Gotelee is a highly regarded Chambers/Legal 500 rated firm established in 1988. We are seeking a capable and committed Company & Commercial Lawyer to join our growing and ambitious Business Services Department (BSD).

This role will require managing and developing a caseload of corporate and business-related matters/transactions. Our clients are predominantly privately-owned companies, high-net-worth individuals and start-up businesses.

Like all other members of the BSD team, the ideal candidate will enjoy an interesting, challenging and varied workload. The work will involve understanding and applying technical areas of corporate and commercial law, to a high standard and with strong attention to detail.  Consequently, there will be opportunities to become meaningfully involved in technically challenging projects for high-profile clients, where your expertise will be valued.  You will be given responsibility within a supportive environment, which encourages continuous professional development.

The ideal candidate will have a solid general corporate law and private company M&A background. Experience of demergers, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, LLP setups and conversions, together with intra-group corporate, finance and security and business restructuring work will also be advantageous.

Our BSD is also responsible for clients’ commercial work, so knowledge of standard terms and conditions, franchising, agency and distribution arrangements will be desirable.

This role will suit a lawyer circa 2-4 years + PQE. However, this PQE is expressed as a guideline only. We are happy to hear from anyone who can demonstrate the necessary capabilities required effectively to fulfil the role.

Applicants must be commercially minded, team-oriented, able to work confidently and efficiently and put excellent client service at the heart of their work. This will include being able to deliver key information clearly and succinctly to clients.  Applicants must also have proven fee-earning, case management and client development skills, together with excellent organisational and financial management discipline.  The ability to see the bigger picture, whilst not missing any of the finer details, will also be important.

A desire and ability to contribute effectively to marketing, networking and business-development activities, both for the department and the firm as a whole, is also required. You will be encouraged to develop long-lasting relationships with clients.

A competitive salary, dependent on qualifications, experience and record of achievement, together with an attractive benefits package, is offered for this role. The benefits package is described below and also includes free car-parking.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV and a covering letter to Claire Vincent, Partnership Manager, either via the “Send CV” button, or via conventional post to: Barker Gotelee Solicitors, 41 Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3RF. Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in the role and why you think you would be successful in it, highlighting your stand-out career achievements to date, together with your professional plans and ambitions.

Commercial Property Lawyer

Barker Gotelee is a highly regarded Chambers/Legal 500 rated firm established in 1988. We are seeking a highly motivated Commercial Property Lawyer to join our growing and ambitious Property Department.

This role will require managing and developing a caseload of Commercial Property matters. Our clients are farmers, investors in land, trustees and owners of landed estates and other rural property owners. The role offers plenty of direct client contact. The nature of the work and the clients concerned will facilitate the development of long lasting relationships with both clients and their agents, which will be a key performance indicator for the role.

The ideal candidate will be capable of dealing with all matters relating to Commercial Property, such as sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold property, easements, option agreements, renewable energy projects, overage agreements, the grant and arrangement of 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act leases and complex first registrations.

This role will suit a lawyer 3-10 years PQE. However, this PQE is expressed as a guideline only. We are happy to hear from anyone who can demonstrate the necessary capabilities required to effectively fulfil the role.

Applicants must be commercially minded, team oriented, able to work confidently and efficiently and put excellent client service at the heart of their work. They must also have proven fee-earning, case management and client development skills, together with superior organisational and financial management discipline. A desire and ability to contribute effectively to marketing, networking and business development activities, both for the department and the firm as a whole, is also required.

A competitive salary, dependent on qualifications, experience and record of achievement, together with an attractive benefits package is offered for this role. The benefits package is described below and also includes free car-parking.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV and a covering letter to Claire Vincent, Partnership Manager, either via the “Send CV” button, or via conventional post to: Barker Gotelee Solicitors, 41 Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3RF. Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in the role and why you think you would be successful in it, highlighting your stand-out career achievements to date, together with your professional plans and ambitions.

Reward package


Our reward package includes a competitive salary, plus a range of benefits, including a minimum of 24 days’ holiday per year (pro-rata) plus bank holidays, a contributory pension scheme, private medical insurance, life insurance and free car parking.

 

Trainee opportunities


We usually recruit one trainee each year, typically selecting two years in advance. Our trainees benefit from the practical experience in line with specific client instructions, while working under the supervision of a department head.

 

Work experience placements


We offer work experience for students who wish to gain ‘hands-on’ experience, and learn about different areas of law, as well as careers available in our industry.