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Prettys Solicitors Ipswich

About Prettys

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We’re always on the lookout for new talent

Prettys is one of the larger and successful legal practices in East Anglia. We have grown by fostering and maintaining the talents of our staff, so, if you are interested in a career as a solicitor in Ipswich or East Anglia, Prettys is a good place to work.

Who are we?

Prettys are a regional business working nationally and internationally. We work with clients of all sizes whether they are start-ups, SMEs, PLCs, charities, social enterprises or from the public sector. Our clients operate in virtually every sector of the economy.

We help clients run effective operations, solve problems, resolve disputes, protect their interests and secure their future: whatever their business.

We have built a strong team of talented and experienced legal professionals committed to their clients.

We offer practical, timely, effective advice from a supportive team that is easy to work with.

Client Service is always at the heart of what we do to deliver peace of mind.

What we are looking for

We are looking for hard working individuals who are keen to develop their careers in a friendly, supportive and team focussed environment.

What we offer

What our employees say

In the last 3 years we have had two lawyers return to working for us having left to go to London/National firms. What is it they like about Prettys:

“Prettys is a great place to work. The firm is very supportive and the work is of a high level. There is a structured career development process and they have a very team focussed approach. This allows the firm to be dynamic and ultimately very successful in what they do. We all get to share in that.”

Vanessa Bell, Partner, Head of Employment

“Prettys continues to be a leader of legal services both locally and further afield. It is a brand people and businesses recognise and trust. Prettys’ ethos, values and passion to succeed match my own. Within the firm everyone is friendly, supportive and operates an open door policy. The career path is defined with mentoring used to help develop key skills required for personal development and progression. Everything we do is client focused. We are big enough to cope, but small enough to care; and that approach to client care sets us above our competitors.”

Matthew Clemence, Associate, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator

We currently have vacancies for the following positions in our Ipswich office:

Solicitor - Employment

We have an opportunity for an ambitious and hard working Solicitor to join our leading Employment team undertaking a full remit of employment work for high quality clients across a wide range of sectors. This is a great opportunity to join a fast-paced and target-driven team with a clear ambition for growth and development.

The ideal candidate will have trained at a well-regarded law firm and gained at least 3-4 years + employment experience (although candidates with more experience are also encouraged to apply). You will have broad employment law experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters and capable of working independently on more complex matters. You will have a high level of organisation and communication skills, and capable of demonstrating excellent standards of client care and commercial awareness. The successful candidate will be a hard-working team player who enjoys business development and is able to build strong client relationships with the desire to assist in driving the team forward.

Salary will be competitive, based on experience.

Solicitor - Corporate (full time)

We are looking to expand within our Corporate team and an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Solicitor with 2 years + PQE experience.

The role requires working on an interesting and varied caseload within the corporate law field including working with mergers and acquisitions, company re-organisations and would require some commercial contracts experience. A high level of organisation and communication skills, client focus and commercial awareness are required. The successful candidate will be a hard-working team player who enjoys business development and is able to build strong client relationships with the desire to assist in driving the team forward.

Salary will be competitive salary,  based on experience.

Solicitor – Family (5-10 years PQE)

An opportunity has arisen for a lawyer to join our Legal 500 and Chambers-ranked Family Law Team.  Our Family Team is highly-regarded in East Anglia, and has a unique and creative approach to all cases.  Excellent client care is paramount.  With focus on style of resolution as important as outcome, caseloads cover divorce, finances, private children work, pre-marital agreements and cohabitation from the simple to complex high net worth. 

We seek applicants who are 5-10 years’ PQE for a full-time position.  Training in collaborative or mediation is desirable, but not essential.  We are investing in the future of the team and seek applicants who have strong and confident technical ability; excellent client care skills; are creative thinkers; commercially aware; and a strong team player.

Apply in confidence to Head of Family Georgina Rayment grayment@prettys.co.uk, 01473 298344.

Solicitor – Family (2-5 years PQE)

An opportunity has arisen for a lawyer to join our creative and innovative Family Team as a junior full-time fee earner, 2+ years PQE.

Prettys’ Family Law Team is Legal 500 and Chambers-ranked, highly-regarded for its unique and creative approach to cases.  Caseload work covers divorce, finances, private children work, pre-marital agreements and cohabitation from the complex to high net worth.

We seek applicants who can demonstrate excellent client care skills; strong technical ability; and a willingness to expand and progress learning.  Applicants must be organized, conscientious, commercially aware and a good team player.

Apply in confidence to Head of Family Georgina Rayment grayment@prettys.co.uk, 01473 298344.

HR Business Partner – full-time but part-time will be considered

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our HR team as HR Business Partner.

The hours for the position are flexible but ideally split over 5 days.

As HR Business Partner you will be a knowledgeable HR generalist with experience of partnering businesses to achieve business results. Strong relationship building skills and experience of imbedding yourself and working proactively with teams is essential. If you are looking for a position where you can make a real difference then this is the role for you. 

Key duties in the role will include –

  • Providing sound advice and knowledge relating to day to day employment issues.
  • Working closely with all teams across the frim, to understand their needs and the ability to be their trusted advisor. 
  • Supporting the HRD to design, deliver and implement effective HR solutions to support the business.
  • Management of annual HR processes including appraisal, salary review, staff engagement and wellbeing processes.
  • Being responsible for developing and delivering the firms recruitment strategy via social media platforms.
  • Identifying and delivering process improvement.

Desirable criteria – To have previously worked in a legal environment.

Salary will be based on experience.

Any questions please contact Lynn MacDonald on lmacdonald@prettys.co.uk

Business Development & Marketing Director (full time)

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an experienced sales and marketing person.  Joining at a senior level the successful applicant will devise and implement a business development strategy that delivers the business goals.  A thorough understanding of sales cycles, prospect pipelines and sales processes will compliment your knowledge of marketing and communication including PR.

Please click here for the Job Description.

The salary will be dependent on experience and ability.   We are keen to engage with those that are looking for the next step in their career and who have a proven track record at Director level in a similar role.

Paralegal - Employment (full time)

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Paralegal to join our Employment team. The role will support the wider employment team, providing direct support to the fee-earners and Partners on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. This opportunity will allow the right Paralegal to gain excellent experience in an established commercial environment with a range of legal matters requiring various administrative and paralegal duties.

For this unique opportunity, the successful individual ideally will be a law graduate with excellent communication and organisation skills and the ability to handle the pressure of high volumes of work in a fast-paced and target driven environment. As well as exceptional attention to detail and accuracy, candidates should have strong IT and typing skills and a positive and flexible ‘can do’ attitude.

This is an excellent prospect for a graduate looking to pursue a career in a law friendly, supportive and team focussed environment.

Paralegal - Private Client (full time)

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Paralegal to join our Private Client department and provide direct support to fee-earners on a range of client matters. This opportunity will allow the right candidate to gain excellent experience in an established private client environment with a variety of legal matters requiring various administrative and paralegal duties.

For this unique opportunity, the successful individual ideally will be either an experienced paralegal or a law graduate or with an equivalent law qualification who is looking to pursue a career in law. Candidates should possess excellent communication and organisation skills and be able to demonstrate proven experience of providing excellent client care. As well as exceptional attention to detail and accuracy, candidates should have strong IT and typing skills and a positive and flexible ‘can do’ attitude.

This is an excellent prospect for a paralegal looking to pursue a career in Private Client in a friendly, supportive and team focused environment.

Client Service Assistant - Commercial (full time)

We have an exciting opportunity for a Client Service Assistant to join our Commercial Team to support the delivery of consistent client service across the departments and to assist in implementing improvements to the service delivered to clients.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide general administrative support to the Client Services Team.
  • Manage the opening and closing of files.
  • Prepare agendas and reports for meetings as required.
  • Assist the Commercial teams with general projects and administrative duties.

The post holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above responsibilities.

Essential Assets

  • Good standard of Education in English and Maths. At least GCSE level or equivalent.
  • Excellent typing and computer skills.
  • Extremely accurate with high attention to detail.
  • Organised and reliable.

PA to Partner - Commercial (full time)

We have an exciting new opportunity for a PA to one of our Partners. 

Job Description:-

  • To provide PA support to include all areas of email and diary management, scheduling appointments/meetings, organising paperwork, travel arrangements and any other admin support required by the Partner.
  • To provide a filter for emails, correspondence and telephone calls.  Prioritise for Partner as appropriate.
  • To remind the Partner of important tasks and deadlines and proactively manage the role while also managing access to the Partner.
  • The ability to work with the Stake Holders of the firm and others at senior levels to ensure all relevant matters are dealt with effectively.
  • To provide typing support to include minute taking, compiling and preparing reports, presentations and correspondence as required.
  • To manage databases and filing systems and adhere to the Firm’s approved procedures and systems as appropriate.
  • To support in organisation of projects as and when required. 

The ideal candidate will possess good organisation skills, the ability to work on their own initiative, be proactive and enthusiastic. The salary will be based on experience.

Please call Lisa Bloomfield on 01473 298232 or email lbloomfield@prettys.co.uk to enquire.

Benefits

Committed to the development of all staff, our range of employee benefits include:

Job Application

If you would like to join our team, send your CV and a covering letter by email to Lisa Bloomfield or by post to:

Lisa Bloomfield
HR Administrator
Prettys
Elm House
25 Elm Street
Ipswich IP1 2AD

Work experience

Prettys is committed to providing work experience placements throughout the summer, to find out more click here.

Equal opportunities

Prettys does not discriminate on grounds of sex, marital status, race, religion, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, or age. We are committed to meeting our obligations under the Equality Act 2010. For information regarding our Diversity Statement, please click here.

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