In-house Counsel (Barrister)

Full time Oracle Solicitors in Barrister
  • 58 Howard Street, Belfast View on Map
  • Post Date: November 28, 2019
  • Apply Before : February 1, 2020
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Job Detail

  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience 4 Years
  • Gender Both

Job Description

Reports to: The In-house Counsel will report to the Directors

Job Overview: The In-house Counsel will be responsible for dealing with delegated work within their own areas of competence and achieve performance targets as set by the practice. The Head of Aviation will provide expert legal support and advice to clients and be managing solicitors and paralegals. Also, he/she will be responsible for offering support to the Directors. He/she will be responsible for dealing their own caseload and dealing with clients. Furthermore, he/she will be expected to train and mentor more junior staff members and positively promote quality of service to clients, raising the quality level and creating new business for the Practice whenever possible.

Purpose/Main Objectives: To support all Practice decisions, carrying out any actions required. To provide any support required by the Directors. To act on behalf of the Directors as required. To positively promote quality of service to clients, raising the quality level wherever possible. To be alert when acting for clients of other legal services they may require and to refer clients to other departments within the firm when it is appropriate.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Deal with delegated cases as required, reporting progress to the Directors
  • Handle own clients in whatever category their cases require
  • Strategically manage their own department and supervising their staff members
  • Ensure quality of service levels are to standard
  • Liaise with clients and other professionals such as barristers in a prompt and professional manner; coordinate the work of all parties involved; instruct barristers or specialist advocates to appear in court for the client in disputes
  • Follow internal methods, policies, and procedures as set by the Office Manual
  • Research and analyse documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice and procedure
  • Always act in a trustworthy and confidential manner; have integrity and sensitivity
  • Remain informed of changes in any area of specialisation, such that service quality is always maintained. Carry out file reviews as appropriate
  • Preparing Briefs to Counsel. Dealing with correspondence, adhere to accurate and comprehensive file management and maintenance practices of caseload according to company policy and procedures. Follow Instructions
  • Attending upon clients at offices, building good relationship with stakeholders, deal with all aspects of a case file
  • Preparing Briefs to Counsel. Researching Law. Dealing with correspondence, adhere to accurate and comprehensive file management and maintenance practices of caseload according to company policy and procedures
  • Maintenance of diaries & time Recording
  • Work as part of a team and give concise and reasonable instructions
  • Prepare for trials, hearings and closings; attend court, conduct hearings, this list is not exhaustive
  • Draft legal documents. This can include drafting correspondence and pleadings, pre-trial orders, and legal briefs with various parties
  • Respond to clients’ requests, emails and post in a prompt and professional manner; answer telephones/emails in a professional manner
  • Network with clients and build valuable relationships in a way that enhances the company’s reputation and cultivate new business opportunities
  • Taking statements from witnesses and other parties; interviewing clients and passing on relevant information
  • Carry out other types of administrative duties such as billing, invoicing, time recording, compile litigation bundles, dealing with correspondence, collect and organise evidence
  • Assist during trial by taking notes, preparing exhibits, preparing files, and reading court transcripts
  • Use the company’s case management system
  • Expenditure: act within limits set by the Practice and ensure all petty cash is accounted for
  • Any other hoc duties as directed by the Directors


  • Internal: Supportive to the Directors, Heads of Department, and colleagues
  • External: Promoting the Practice wherever possible through PR and quality of service

Skills & Qualifications:


  • Relevant Law Degree and Qualification
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, and understand the importance of deadlines
  • Highly organised; able to be productive, flexible and simultaneously manage multiple cases and priorities in a performance driven environment
  • Research skills and data maintenance skills
  • Strong client relationship skills; the ability to establish positive, cooperative and professional relationship, both internal and external
  • Be highly trustworthy, discreet, and use good judgement
  • Able to work well under pressure, without sacrificing a high attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication are essential
  • Self-starter and the ability to work autonomously; Proactive and eager to learn
  • Self-awareness and a commitment to using feedback to learn and develop as a professional
  • Ability to read, digest and process vast amounts of information into data that can be used in a legal case
  • Computer Literacy


  • Experience as a Barrister would be advantageous