Experienced Hires

Experienced Hires

For your next move

At Switalskis, we’re dedicated to expanding our team by welcoming seasoned professionals who are eager to contribute their expertise in a collaborative setting. We understand the invaluable role experienced individuals play in enriching our service delivery, enhancing our client satisfaction, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement within our firm.

Our doors are open to both solicitors and non-solicitors who are keen on advancing their careers while making a significant impact in the legal sector. By joining Switalskis, you’ll step into a community that values your experience, supports your professional growth, and provides an environment for you to excel in your chosen field.

Explore the various career opportunities available for experienced hires and take the next step in your legal career with Switalskis.

Solicitor vacancies

Joining Switalskis as a solicitor means becoming part of a team dedicated to upholding justice, solving legal issues and providing top-tier legal services. We offer roles across various legal disciplines where your experience and knowledge will be instrumental in delivering solutions to our clients.

Non-solicitor vacancies

Our non-solicitor roles play a crucial part in making sure the firm operates smoothly. From legal secretaries, paralegals and administrative staff to marketing and IT professionals, your skills will support our legal teams and deliver exceptional service to our clients.

Current Vacancies

Clinical Negligence Solicitor View details

ABOUT US 

We’re an award-winning law firm who have been helping our clients get the specialist legal advice they deserve for over 30 years.

Established by Stephen Switalski in 1993, we began with a focus on Child Care Law and Criminal Law from a single office in Wakefield. Since then, we have expanded to 12 locations, employing 390+ employees who now provide a wide array of specialist Legal Services.

A career at Switalskis means being part of a firm that cares and is here for you. We’re a firm that’s going places. We’re dynamic and progressive, and we never stand still. Last year, we were crowned Large Firm of the Year at Yorkshire Legal Awards and named in the top 50 fastest-growing companies in Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Growth Index. 

What is expected of you?

To work closely in a mini team led by a Senior Associate /Director, assisting on complex and high value clinical negligence claims, while also maintaining a caseload of lower complexity and value, across all types of clinical negligence work.

What Will the role involve?

We have a number of fee earner positions available within our Clinical Negligence teams based at offices in York or Leeds.  

All positions are ideally full-time, but part-time applications will be considered.

The roles will involve working in a mini team led by a Senior Associate / Director, assisting on complex and high value clinical negligence claims, while also maintaining a caseload of lower complexity and value (depending on the successful candidate's skills and experience), across all types of clinical negligence work.

On their own cases, the successful candidates would of course be closely supervised, supported, and trained by more experienced colleagues.

Experience

We will consider applicants who are qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, legal executives, or paralegals with experience of running their own files. We will also consider those with experience of either Claimant work or Defendant work.

What you will bring

You should have experience of conducting clinical negligence claims, or a demonstrable enthusiasm for the work. In addition, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to learn quickly, to absorb, process, and understand large volumes of highly technical material, and then explain that information in a simple way to others.
  • The ability to understand and apply complex and novel legal concepts and be able to explain those in a straightforward manner, particularly to clients.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • A successful candidate will be a team player, well organised, and able to manage competing priorities and time pressures.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Particularly Outlook, Word and Excel), case management software, and experience of time recording.

 

Click the link below to submit your application and a member of the team will be in touch. For any questions please contact

Recruitment@Switalskis.com

 

Apply online
New-Build Administration AssistantView details

ABOUT US

We’re an award-winning law firm who have been helping our clients get the specialist legal advice they deserve for over 30 years.

Established by Stephen Switalski in 1993, we began with a focus on Child Care Law and Criminal Law from a single office in Wakefield. Since then, we have expanded to 12 locations, employing 390+ employees who now provide a wide array of specialist Legal Services.

A career at Switalskis means being part of a firm that cares and is here for you. We’re a firm that’s going places. We’re dynamic and progressive, and we never stand still. Last year, we were crowned Large Firm of the Year at Yorkshire Legal Awards and named in the top 50 fastest-growing companies in Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Growth Index. 

 

What will the role involve?

We’re on the lookout for an Administrative Assistant to join our New-Build Conveyancing team.


The primary responsibilities of the role include:-

 

Purchase Matters

 

  • “Front of House” - taking initial instructions and providing accurate quotations to new clients.
  • Assisting new clients where required with digital onboarding process.
  • Overseeing, managing and dealing with the clients onboarding process
  • Performing initial checks on completed ID checks
  • Processing draft contracts received from housebuilders, and sending copies to clients for information
  • Applying for searches.
  • Inputting information into shared team tasklist
  • Processing exchange of contract paperwork and activating home warranty certificates

 

Sale Matters 

 

  • As above in relation to client onboarding.
  • Checking replies to property information forms
  • Processing memoranda of sale received on open market sales
  • Downloading and carrying out a basic check of the clients’ existing title
  • Issuing contract pack to buyers solicitors
  •         Identifying and taking initial steps on elements arising from the initial title check:-

    Ø  Restrictions

    Ø  Nearly new properties

    Ø  Name discrepancies 

    Ø  Management company matters

 

What you will bring

  • Previous experience within a Conveyancing Department (Essential)
  • Very strong communication skills, in particular an ability to communicate effectively with new clients who may be unfamiliar with the conveyancing process
  • Excellent interpersonal and proactive team-working skills
  • An ability to manage your workload and work under pressure
  • Key IT skills, including the ability to use competently Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams), and conveyancing-based Case Management Systems.
  • Very strong attention to detail and levels of accuracy


Click the link below to submit your application and a member of the team will be in touch. For any questions please contact

Recruitment@Switalskis.com

Apply online
Solicitor - Brain and Spinal injury DepartmentView details

ABOUT US 

We’re an award-winning law firm who have been helping our clients get the specialist legal advice they deserve for over 30 years.

Established by Stephen Switalski in 1993, we began with a focus on Child Care Law and Criminal Law from a single office in Wakefield. Since then, we have expanded to 12 locations, employing 390+ employees who now provide a wide array of specialist Legal Services.

A career at Switalskis means being part of a firm that cares and is here for you. We’re a firm that’s going places. We’re dynamic and progressive, and we never stand still. Last year, we were crowned Large Firm of the Year at Yorkshire Legal Awards and named in the top 50 fastest-growing companies in Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Growth Index. 


What is expected of you?

In this role you will manage a caseload of brain injury cases from inception to resolution, providing high-quality and compassionate representation and support for clients, as well as taking a very active role in the marketing and development of the team.


What Will the role involve?

We are seeking an experienced Personal Injury Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive with a specialised focus on Brain Injury cases. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years+ PQE with a proven track record of successfully handling brain injury cases.

We're flexible on location, but you must be able to commute to our Doncaster office twice a week and be willing to travel throughout Yorkshire and beyond as required for client needs and industry events.


Key responsibilities:

• Manage brain injury cases from start to finish, providing top-tier legal support and compassion.

• Collaborate with the team to prioritise client rehabilitation and early case management.

• Maintain proactive communication with clients, families, and stakeholders for optimal outcomes.

• Tailor case strategies to individual claim needs.

• Coordinate comprehensive documentation and expert reports to tell each client's story effectively.

• Work closely with experienced counsel for the best client representation.

• Utilise ADR methods for settlement maximisation while preparing cases for trial if necessary.

• Ensure efficient cost management on every case.

• Stay updated on relevant personal injury law developments, especially in brain injury.

• Contribute significantly to team marketing and development efforts


Experience

You will have a strong understanding of the emotional, medical and legal aspects involved in cases of this nature.

  • Proven track record of successfully managing brain injury cases, from start to finish, including within court proceedings and Joint Settlement Meetings.
  • A passion for ensuring early and full rehabilitation.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, utilising a variety of methods, with the ability to patiently empathise with clients and effectively advocate on their behalf.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with meticulous attention to detail and the ability to formulate case strategies and tactics.
  • Acumen around issues of costs and disbursements
  • A commitment to upholding the highest standards of client care, professionalism, and ethics.
  • An interest in understanding and developing team systems and processes.
  • Experience and interest in marketing and business development in the area of brain injury  

 

Click the link below to submit your application and a member of the team will be in touch. For any questions, please contact

Recruitment@Switalskis.com

Apply online
Clinical Negligence Solicitor View details

ABOUT US 

We’re an award-winning law firm who have been helping our clients get the specialist legal advice they deserve for over 30 years.

Established by Stephen Switalski in 1993, we began with a focus on Child Care Law and Criminal Law from a single office in Wakefield. Since then, we have expanded to 12 locations, employing 390+ employees who now provide a wide array of specialist Legal Services.

A career at Switalskis means being part of a firm that cares and is here for you. We’re a firm that’s going places. We’re dynamic and progressive, and we never stand still. Last year, we were crowned Large Firm of the Year at Yorkshire Legal Awards and named in the top 50 fastest-growing companies in Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Growth Index. 

What is expected of you?

To work closely in a mini team led by a Senior Associate /Director, assisting on complex and high value clinical negligence claims, while also maintaining a caseload of lower complexity and value, across all types of clinical negligence work.

What Will the role involve?

We have a number of fee earner positions available within our Clinical Negligence teams based at offices in York or Leeds.  

All positions are ideally full-time, but part-time applications will be considered.

The roles will involve working in a mini team led by a Senior Associate / Director, assisting on complex and high value clinical negligence claims, while also maintaining a caseload of lower complexity and value (depending on the successful candidate's skills and experience), across all types of clinical negligence work.

On their own cases, the successful candidates would of course be closely supervised, supported, and trained by more experienced colleagues.

Experience

We will consider applicants who are qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, legal executives, or paralegals with experience of running their own files. We will also consider those with experience of either Claimant work or Defendant work.

What you will bring

You should have experience of conducting clinical negligence claims, or a demonstrable enthusiasm for the work. In addition, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to learn quickly, to absorb, process, and understand large volumes of highly technical material, and then explain that information in a simple way to others.
  • The ability to understand and apply complex and novel legal concepts and be able to explain those in a straightforward manner, particularly to clients.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • A successful candidate will be a team player, well organised, and able to manage competing priorities and time pressures.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Particularly Outlook, Word and Excel), case management software, and experience of time recording.

 

Click the link below to submit your application and a member of the team will be in touch. For any questions please contact

Recruitment@Switalskis.com

 

Apply online

Why Switalskis?

Choosing Switalskis for the next step in your career is choosing a firm that not only recognises your expertise but is committed to fostering an environment for your personal growth. We have a well-established and strong reputation in the legal sector. Our efforts have been recognised as we were named in the top 50 fastest growing companies in Yorkshire in TheBusinessDesk.com’s Yorkshire Growth Index 2023 and we won ‘Large Firm of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023. 

Your growth is important to us. Switalskis provides opportunities for professional development, to help you to further hone your skills and advance in your career. Our firm spans a wide range of legal disciplines, providing a rich environment for you to explore, learn and specialise in your field of interest.

We believe in teamwork and mutual support. Our collaborative culture encourages knowledge-sharing, mentorship and collective problem-solving. You can also engage in meaningful community initiatives as part of a firm that values giving back to society.

Switalskis is not just a place to work; it’s a platform for you to excel, make a difference, and enjoy a fulfilling and progressive career in a respectful and supportive environment. Explore our opportunities for experienced hires and become a part of a firm that’s as invested in your success as you are.

Life at Switalskis

An insight into the Switalskis team

Find out what our employees have to say about their experience at Switalskis:

Photo of Laura Cates

I enjoy hybrid working. When I am in the office, I use this as time to speak with colleagues about their thoughts on cases and anything relevant within the news for example, a judgment. When I am at home, I use this time to complete detailed pieces of work without the distraction of the office. I’m also able to get out on a lunch time to walk my Sproodle!

Laura CatesAssociate Solicitor
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I’ve always known I wanted to help people but ruled out several professions before deciding on law. The first seat of my training contract was in commercial property, working between the Leeds and Knaresborough offices. I found the work very interesting especially drafting documents. I recently moved to the clinical negligence team, for my second seat, which I am finding both stimulating and challenging. Since joining, my integration into Switalskis has been seamless as everyone has been very welcoming and inviting.  I think it helped that I often brought in brownies and cakes that I’d baked!

Emily ChanTrainee Solicitor
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In 2012 I joined the Costs Team and in 2014 started studying the ACL Costs Lawyer course. I qualified as a Costs Lawyer in August 2017 and in 2023 I was promoted to Associate Costs Lawyer. I've not worked anywhere prior to Atherton Godfrey who integrated with Switalskis in December 2022, my entire career since the 90s has been at the same firm.

Becky WhitfieldAssociate Costs Lawyer
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photo of Fiona Haigh

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school. I thought I wanted to be a hairdresser, and this is what I ended up doing, but if I’m honest I never really felt like it was for me. I worked hard and achieved my qualifications but never felt content. However, I always had an interest in the legal profession due to personal circumstances and I enrolled on an access course when I was 26 and here, I am!

Fiona HaighTrainee Solicitor
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I start my day by responding to any emails. I then check my task list and I complete any urgent tasks first. I complete records reviews, draft letters of instruction to experts and review expert reports. I also have cases that are in litigation where deadlines need to be adhered to and documents must be served. I also liaise with clients on a daily basis providing updates and taking instructions.

Hannah CazalyAssociate Solicitor
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photo of Rhiannon Moore

There’s not a typical day in the Court of Protection, and that’s what I love most about it. Each client is so different and so we need to be able to take each client as they come to try and work out what will be best for them and how best to achieve it. I love travelling and meeting the clients but there is also lot of time in the office - preparing advice, drafting documents, and attending court, as many of our hearings are still being heard remotely.

Rhiannon MooreSolicitor Apprentice
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