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Private Client Lawyer – Barcan+Kirby, Thornbury, Bristol


We are looking to grow our Private Client department and have exciting plans to build a team in our Thornbury office. As a result, we have an opening for an experienced Private Client Lawyer to head up this team and manage its expansion as a Team Leader.

The role

The role will cover probate, trusts and later-life client work, including estate administration, Wills, tax planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney with team management responsibility. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to fast track into a senior leadership role.

Some of the duties you can expect to carry out include:

  • All aspects of private client work including probate, estate administration, Wills, tax planning, LPAs and trusts
  • Providing technical advice and support for the team
  • Updating training for all fee earners
  • Training of junior staff in conjunction with the Head of Department and other Team Leaders
  • Giving expert advice tailored to each client’s needs
  • The management and supervision of support services, including departmental Secretaries and Paralegals
  • Participation in marketing and business development activities, whether on a firm-wide, departmental or office basis
  • Financial control with particular regard to cash flow control through accurate time-recording, collection of monies on account and billing procedures
  • Complying with CPD requirements and identifying specific training needs
  • Ensuring compliance with SAR, SRA Code of Conduct and Lexcel rules and requirements

You will also have Team Leader responsibilities, including:

  • The management of the office team and any related work in conjunction with the HoDs
  • Attending monthly meetings with the HoDs and Team Leaders
  • Chairing monthly team meetings
  • Attending quarterly team departmental meetings
  • HR team responsibilities for team members, e.g. 121s, return to work meetings and probation reviews
  • Recruitment, in conjunction with any relevant work type coordinators and the HoDs
  • Holiday management of the office team members in conjunction with the HODs

The ideal candidate

  • Qualified Solicitor with five years’ + PQE or a FCILEx with experience and interest in Wills, LPAs and estate administration
  • Experience in trust work and extensive knowledge in tax
  • A STEP qualification, or willingness to study for it, would be desirable
  • Experience of managing a team would be advantageous

Location and working hours

  • This is a full-time role, but a flexible working pattern will be considered
  • Working hours are 9am – 5.15pm, Monday to Friday
  • You will be based at our Thornbury office, but with the option to apply for hybrid working upon successful completion of your probation

Why Barcan+Kirby?

Barcan+Kirby is well known in the Bristol legal market both as a provider of excellent legal services for individuals and businesses, and as a progressive firm with an excellent reputation as an employer.

We pride ourselves on promoting the work/life balance of employees and promoting positive wellbeing and mental health is incredibly important to us. We were advocates for flexible working long before the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are fully supportive of hybrid working.

Our core values drive our culture and are at the heart of everything we do, and we are far from being a stuffy, rigid law firm.

We won Law Firm of the Year (up to 20 Partners) at the Bristol Law Society Awards 2021, 2019 and 2015.


  • A minimum of 25 days’ holiday per year with the option to purchase additional holiday
  • Employer pension contribution
  • Death in service
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Access to the firm’s Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted legal services
  • Flexible, hybrid and agile working including a flexible day
  • Apprenticeship programmes, including an ILM management course

How to apply

To apply directly, click here. Or contact our Resourcing Officer, Helen Tylee-Barrie (