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