Family Senior Associate (Legal Aid)

Job Title: Family Senior Associate (Legal Aid)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Greater Manchester
Salary: £50,000 - £55,000
REF: 2831
Contact Name: Realm Recruit
Contact Email:

Are you a Family Solicitor looking for... 

  • The opportunity to work directly with, and learn from, the head of department 

  • The ability to maintain a healthy work/life balance through splitting your time between home and the office 

  • Excellent support for progression and development 

  • The opportunity to reduce your billing target and caseload in favour of a more managerial role 

Family Senior Associate (Legal Aid) - East Manchester 

Our client has a great opportunity for a family solicitor with 3+ PQE and legal aid experience to join them as a senior member of a growing team.   

This is a fantastic progression opportunity for someone to take a step up while working directly underneath (and therefore learning from) the head of the team.  

While you will have an individual billing target and caseload, this will be kept to a sensible level, as your primary focus will be to help drive team performance. This will involve supervising more junior team members, while developing mentoring and leadership skills that will stand you in good stead for the future.   

As this position is with the firm’s Public Law team within their family department, the right candidate must have thorough knowledge of the legal aid process and some experience of supervising on files.  

Realm has been the recruitment partner for this regional firm for several years and – hand on heart – they are an absolute dream to work with. They are extremely proactive in remaining competitive with compensation, benefits and flexibility and, as a result, this firm has a very happy team and an incredibly high employee retention rate.   

The many lawyers we have placed here enjoy their work, benefitting from a genuinely lovely team, fantastic benefits package and manageable caseload, leaving plenty of room for an excellent work/life balance. The team even benefits from all-expenses-paid weekends away – which should demonstrate the intense focus this firm puts on engagement and job satisfaction. The professionals we place here always comment on how comfortable and welcome they feel from day one.   

This regional heavyweight is proud of its East Manchester roots, and rightly so – it is comfortably the largest firm in the area. They offer hybrid working to suit each team and its members, and their offices are also easily commutable from North, South and Central Manchester with great transport links, including quick access to the M60.   

They are the go-to firm for the regional business and private client community and generate most of their work via word-of-mouth referrals, so lawyers here enjoy a sustainable and varied stream of cases to get their teeth into, enabling them to broaden their experience and commercial skills.     

The firm has a clear progression framework and regularly review team salaries and promotability. Plus, it is on an impressive growth track and has added to each of its teams in the past 12 months, so team members feel positive and part of something successful.  

If you currently work for a smaller high street or regional firm and want to be part of something bigger, with more opportunities for progression – or perhaps even just want a better quality of life working as a valued member of a lovely team – we highly recommend you get in touch with us. 

How to apply for this Family Senior Associate role  

If this sounds like the job for you, you can apply via this website by clicking ‘Apply’ above.  

Alternatively, to learn more about this opportunity or to register your interest, contact Paula Pawlowska on the email above. 

Paula is an Associate Director and Family Team Lead at Realm. Specialising in the recruitment of family lawyers, she works with family solicitors and care solicitors at all levels and has connections with family departments across the North West. As a result of her in-depth knowledge of the family law market, Paula is perfectly placed to help you take your next step. 

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