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Our people truly are our biggest strength, and we go the extra mile to recruit and reward the very best by providing an open, inclusive and engaging working environment. So whether you are interest in commercial or personal legal services, explore our vacancies.

Working at Hay & Kilner

As part of our team, you will be joining a growing, ambitious firm, where you will be supported and valued.

You can view our current vacancies below or why not get in touch to discuss a role in more detail.

Current vacancies

  • Human Resources Assistant

    Previous experience in an HR administration role is desired.

    Successful applicants will report to the Human Resources Manager and the role will include:

    • Assisting with the day-to-day operations and supporting with the daily administration of the HR function and duties
    • Assisting with employee recruitment, including preparing job descriptions, posting adverts, initial CV sifting, arranging interviews and the initiation and tracking of various background checks
    • Assisting new hires with paperwork and supporting when required in new employee onboarding
    • Maintenance of electronic employee files and records, attendance records and performance review documentation
    • Creation of employee documents, including contract amendments letters for promotions, salary increases, changes to terms and conditions and termination paperwork
    • Supporting internal and external enquiries and requests that are directed towards the Human Resources department
    • Assisting with implementing and updating Human Resources policies and processes
    • Preparation of documents for audits to ensure that the organisation complies with all relevant legislation and requirements
    • Updating the HR section of the company Intranet to ensure that all information stored is up to date and relevant

    We are a values-based business and expect all our employees to deliver on our company values within all tasks. The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • Previous experience in an HR administration role is desired with a working knowledge of HR functions and best practices
    • Working knowledge of employment law and Human Resources responsibilities
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience of working in partnership with various stakeholders
    • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
    • Customer service focused with the ability to work collaboratively with others and to remain calm under pressure.
    • Strong organisational skills
    • Ability to manage and prioritise time to work to various schedules and deadlines
    • Team player who can also work independently and under their own initiative
    • Excellent IT skills including excel, outlook and word.
    • A desire for continuing professional development and to keep up to date with the latest legislation changes and HR best practices to improve workplace efficiency.
    • The ability to maintain confidentiality and to exercise discretion

    In return, you can expect a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, alongside flexible and hybrid working options. We also offer a great working environment in our state of the art offices based in Newcastle City Centre. The part time hours for this role would be 2.5-3 days per week (approx. 17-21 hours).

    If you wish to apply for this opportunity, please email your CV to ruth.fell@hay-kilner.co.uk

  • Legal Secretary

    Prior experience of working within a legal firm is preferred.

    Successful applicants will report to their relevant Head of Department and will be responsible for:

    • Audio and copy typing for their department
    • Ensuring documents are correctly filed, both electronically and hard copy
    • Having direct contact with the firm’s clients
    • Dealing with straightforward legal documents when required
    • Copying and preparing mail and disclosures for dispatch
    • Making appointments, arranging meetings and maintaining diaries
    • Supporting and assisting fee earners as far as possible

    The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • Good speed and accuracy when typing
    • Knowledge of word processing systems
    • Experience of working independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent organisational and communication skills
    • Knowledge of legal terminology

    We offer an excellent benefits package as well as a great working environment.

    If you would like to apply or have an informal discussion around this role, get in touch by contacting Ruth Fell.

  • Criminal Defence Solicitor

    3 years+ PQE

    Successful applicants will report to their relevant Head of Department and will be responsible for:

    • Play an integral role in providing comprehensive and accurate legal advice and guidance to existing and new clients to the firm
    • Be working with a very diverse range of clients and handling their own caseload
    • Maintain accurate, detailed and up to date case files, ensuring confidentiality is ensured and all data protection regulations are adhered to
    • Take an active role in business development to help to raise the profile of you, the team and the firm
    • Assist the team’s Partner with a variety of matters
    • Endeavour to achieve monthly financial targets, including billing and chargeable hours

    They will be able to get involved in a variety of matters including:

    • Representing clients throughout the criminal justice system, including police stations, Magistrates Court and also Crown Court
    • Provision of advice to clients, review of documentation relating to an offence, research, plan and investigation of matters, visiting police stations and prisons to collaborate with clients, draft legal documents and formulate an accurate and compelling defence for the client

    The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • Qualified solicitor or experienced fee earner with experience in Criminal Law
    • Qualified Duty Solicitor is highly desirable
    • Police Station Accredited is desirable
    • Higher advocate in the Crown Court is also desirable
    • An ability to balance the demands of clients/caseload and non-casework responsibilities
    • An ability to communicate effectively with clients and opposing solicitors
    • Adhering to all file and case management policies and procedures / compliance
    • Accurately recording all time, chargeable and non-chargeable
    • Ensuring that the billing of files is carried out efficiently and at the earliest opportunity
    • Working collaboratively with other fee earners and support staff
    • Maintaining knowledge and skills in relevant practice area keeping up to date with relevant legislation and case law
    • Proven track record of providing high-quality legal advice and achieving positive outcomes for clients
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build trust and rapport with clients
    • Ability to work independently and manage a diverse caseload effectively
    • Participating in and engaging with supervision
    • Maintaining a good knowledge and understanding of IT systems
    • A willingness to be involved in business development

    We offer an excellent benefits package and a friendly working environment.

    If you would like to apply or have an informal discussion around this role, please contact Ruth Fell. ruth.fell@hay-kilner.co.uk.

  • Private Client Solicitor

    6PQE- Partner level

    Successful applicants will report to the Head of Department and will:

    • Play an integral role in providing comprehensive and accurate legal advice and guidance to existing and new clients to the firm
    • Be working with a very diverse range of clients and handling your own caseload
    • Provide exceptional legal advice and guidance on a wide range of private client matters, including Wills, administration of estates, LPAs, trusts and estate planning
    • Prepare legal documents and be responsible for the drafting of Wills, trusts and LPAs
    • Manage their own caseload while maintaining accurate, detailed and up to date case files, ensuring confidentiality is maintained and all data protection regulations are adhered to
    • Offer guidance to our clients during probate and estate administration processes and drafting all associated documents including Legal Statements, HMRC forms, Deeds of Variation, Assets, Assignments, asset transfer forms, R185 forms etc.
    • Contribute to marketing and business development activities for the team and firm
    • Supervise and support more junior members of the team
    • Administering trusts created both in lifetime and on death including all HMRC compliance where required and working with the trustees/their investment advisers/accountants
    • Business Development to grow your own network of introducers and help to raise the profile of you, the team and the firm

    The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • Qualified solicitor or experienced fee earner with experience in private client law
    • Strong knowledge and expertise in Wills, trust, probate, estate planning, tax planning and asset protection
    • Ideally be a qualified member of STEP
    • An ability to balance the demands of clients/caseload and non-casework responsibilities
    • Adherence to all file and case management policies and procedures/compliance
    • Accurate recording of all time, chargeable and non-chargeable
    • Ensuring that the billing of files is carried out efficiently and at the earliest opportunity
    • Work as a team player with other fee earners and support staff
    • Proven track record of providing high-quality legal advice and achieving positive outcomes for clients
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build trust and rapport with clients
    • Ability to work independently and manage a caseload effectively, while also collaborating with colleagues when necessary
    • Maintenance of knowledge and skills in relevant practice area keeping up to date with relevant legislation and case law
    • Ensuring continuing competence through identifying and addressing any learning needs
    • Participating in and engaging with supervision
    • Maintaining a good knowledge and understanding of IT systems
    • A willingness to be involved in business development

    We offer an excellent benefits package and an unrivalled working environment.

    If you would like to apply or have an informal discussion around this role, please contact Ruth Fell. ruth.fell@hay-kilner.co.uk.

  • Commercial Contracts Solicitor

    5 years+ PQE

    Successful applicants will:

    • Assist the Team with all types of commercial contract work
    • Have direct contact with the firm’s clients
    • Be involved in business development activities within the Commercial Team and across the wider firm
    • Ideally have their own quality following

    They will be able to get involved in a variety of matters including:

    • Manufacturing and supply contracts
    • Distribution and agency agreements
    • Franchising
    • Terms and conditions of business
    • Advising on on-line contracting
    • Software development, licensing and distribution
    • Software and hardware supply, maintenance and support agreements
    • Hosting and consultancy
    • Outsourcing
    • Tech business deals including grants, investments, sales and acquisitions
    • Cloud-based services such as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    • Joint ventures
    • End User License Agreements (EULAs)
    • Research and development agreements

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Be ambitious and proactive with an ability to successfully manage a busy workload
    • Be experienced in business development and leading client work
    • Have the ability to work collaboratively and also independently
    • Have a high level of accountability
    • Be commercially aware
    • Possess great organisational skills and the ability to manage large caseloads and projects
    • Have the desire to grow with the firm and actively contribute to the firm’s future success
    • Have experience of dealing with all types of commercial contracts, ideally including technology sector contracts
    • Have the ability to provide first class client care

    If you would like to apply or have an informal discussion around this role, get in touch by contacting Ruth Fell.

  • Corporate Solicitor

    2 years+ PQE

    Successful applicants will report to our Head of Corporate and will:

    • Assist the Team with all types of corporate transactional work
    • Preferably have their own good quality corporate workload
    • Have direct contact with the firm’s clients
    • Be involved in business development activities within the Corporate Team and across the wider firm

    They will be able to get involved in a variety of matters including:

    • Business and share acquisitions and disposals
    • Management buy-outs
    • Corporate refinancing
    • Advising investee companies
    • Group reorganisations
    • Share buybacks

    The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • Experience of dealing with corporate transactions, including business and share acquisitions and disposals
    • Working independently and as part of a team
    • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage a large caseload
    • Provision of first class client care

    You can expect a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, alongside flexible and hybrid working options. We also offer a great working environment in brand new, state of the art offices based in Newcastle City Centre.

    If you would like to apply or have an informal discussion around this role, get in touch by contacting Ruth Fell.

  • Senior Corporate Solicitor

    Senior - Partner level

    We are currently expanding our Corporate Team and this is an excellent opportunity for a senior solicitor with a solid corporate background to work within our Newcastle-based Corporate Team.

    Successful applicants will report to our Head of Corporate and will:

    • Assist and supervise the Team with all types of corporate transactional work
    • Preferably have their own good quality corporate workload
    • Establish exceptional relationships with the firm’s clients
    • Be involved in business development activities within the Corporate Team and across the wider firm

    They will be able to get involved in a variety of matters including:

    • Business and share acquisitions and disposals
    • Management buy-outs
    • Corporate refinancing
    • Advising investee companies
    • Group reorganisations
    • Share buybacks

    The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • Experience of dealing with corporate transactions, including business and share acquisitions and disposals
    • Working independently and as part of a team
    • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage large caseloads and projects
    • The desire to grow with the firm and the ability to confidently advise and work with clients at all levels, up to Directors and CEO’s
    • Provision of first-class client care

    You can expect a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, alongside flexible and hybrid working options. We also offer a great working environment in brand new, state of the art offices based in Newcastle City Centre.

    If you would like to apply or have an informal discussion around this role, get in touch by contacting Ruth Fell. ruth.fell@hay-kilner.co.uk.

  • Banking Solicitor

    5+ years PQE

    We are recruiting for a Senior banking solicitor to work within our Newcastle-based department.

    Successful applicants will report to our Head of Corporate and will:

    • Provide practical advice on all banking matters.
    • Advise lenders, investors and corporate borrowers on bank loan facility documentation and private equity house investment documentation.
    • Draft, review, negotiate and advise on all types of bank security documentation (including debentures, legal charges, corporate guarantees, deeds of priority etc).
    • Advise on the enforcement of security.
    • Advise on company law provisions in relation to funding transactions, working closely with the corporate and commercial property teams.
    • Have their own good quality banking workload.
    • Be involved in business development activities within the corporate team and across the wider firm.

    The following skills and experience are relevant:

    • The ability to provide excellent client service and to build and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders.
    • Working independently and as part of a team.
    • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage a large caseload.

    You can expect a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, alongside flexible and hybrid working options. We also offer a great working environment in brand new, state of the art offices based in Newcastle City Centre.

Apply
To apply for any of our roles, contact our HR Manager, Ruth Fell.

Work experience for students aged 16 - 18

Each year we offer students aged 16 – 18 years’ old the opportunity to undertake one week of work experience in our office at the Lumen.

During the week, students can expect to sit in a different department each day, with a supervisor who undertakes work in that area of law.

If you would like to apply for our work experience placement, we ask that you complete an application to assist us with the selection process. Accordingly, please answer the following questions limiting each answer to approximately 50 words:

  1. Why are you interested in law?
  2. What are your predicted A-level grades?
  3. What is your favourite hobby and why?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

Please also confirm your full name, age and school or college.

Keep an eye out for 2024 application dates.

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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.