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At Switalskis, we’re always on the lookout for dedicated and passionate individuals who are keen on making a significant impact in the legal sector. Our firm thrives on diversity of thought, a wealth of expertise and a shared commitment to providing exceptional legal services.

Explore the various career opportunities available below and take a step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career with us. If you can’t find a role that suits you, please feel free to get in touch - we’re always interested in hearing from talented and ambitious people.

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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+ staff 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. 

THE ROLE

This is an exciting opportunity for a customer focused sales professional to join our established Residential Conveyancing team to help drive customer enquiries into new business.

In this role you'll drive the conversion of new enquiries into new business. You'll engage with clients / potential clients who are looking to instruct Switalskis to deal with their property transaction (typically sale and/or purchase of flats and houses), providing them with the information required whilst maintaining high levels of client care.

This will be a varied role where your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Provide a proposal to the client based on the information obtained.
  • Follow up the proposal within an agreed timescale to ensure the client feels supported.
  • Convert the proposal to an instruction and onboard them using our onboarding portal.
  • Ensure excellent levels of client care and customer service.
  • Deal with enquiries into the conveyancing team by clients and potential clients looking to instruct the firm with their property transaction.
  • Work towards individual and team targets/KPI’s. 

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be a natural people person, with a flare for customer service and ability to build lasting relationships. We want to see a sales superstar who is driven, determined and able to work to deadlines.

A Legal background or knowledge in Residential Conveyancing would be desirable but isn’t essential (full training will be provided). You should have a strong background in Customer Service, Sales or Business Development. 


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


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Criminal Defence Solicitor 1-4 Years PQEView 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+ staff 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. 

THE ROLE

Our Criminal Law team are on the lookout for a Criminal Law Solicitor 1-4 Years PQE, to join our vibrant Leeds city centre team. This is the perfect opportunity for a recently qualified Solicitor or an experience Solicitor looking for a new challenge.  
 
In this role you’ll undertake Police Station, Magistrates’ Court and – if appropriate – Crown Court work. You’ll handle a range of criminal cases, from initial client consultations to court representation. You can expect to be working on some of the following:

  • Representing clients detained at police stations
  • Attending police stations
  • Drafting instructions to counsel and expert witnesses
  • Magistrates’ and Crown Court cases
  • Appeals in the Court of Appeal
  • Bail applications
  • Other duties in line with the role of a Criminal Law Solicitor

This a full time permanent position based in our Leeds office. Out of ours working will be required from time to time. 

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

We’re looking for a Qualified Solicitor who has a proven track record in handling criminal cases from start to finish. Recently qualified Solicitors will be considered but duty accreditation is essential.

To do well in this role you’ll need to be personable with excellent communication skills, able to meet tight deadlines
and demonstrate a strong work ethic.


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


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Commercial Property 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+ staff 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. 

THE ROLE

Our Commercial property department have an opening for a Solicitor to assist the team providing high quality legal advice, assistance and advocacy for clients of the firm and contribute to maintaining high standards of client care.

We are looking for a Solicitor with 0-4 PQE to be office based working two days a week out of our Knaresborough office and the other three days from one of our other offices. 

Job role responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Attend client meetings, take instructions and provide legal advice and assistance.  Initiate appropriate action to achieve the most satisfactory outcome for the client.
  • Run a case load of client matters in accordance with office procedures and franchise specifications.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and individual supervision/appraisal arrangements when required
  • Assist in ensuring the firm’s work and files comply with procedures and systems incorporated in the firm’s office manual and the Legal Aid Board franchise criteria.  Maintaining and improving such procedures.
  • Provide advice, assistance and support to non-qualified staff working within the department.
  • Deal promptly and efficiently with correspondence and documentation relating to those files where you are the designated fee earner.
  • Undertake legal research and maintain legal knowledge through training.
  • Delegate supervisory responsibilities as and when required.
  • Excellent IT and attention to detail is required as well as a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel. 


WHAT YOU'LL BRING
  • You should have experience of working within the Commercial Property/Real Estate space 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.


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


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Clinical Negligence Fee-earner, 0-8 years PQEView 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+ staff 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. 

THE ROLE

We have a number of fee earner positions available within our Clinical Negligence teams based at offices across the Yorkshire region, which includes Barnsley, York, Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield.  

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

The roles will involve working closely with a Senior Associate and Director, assisting them on complex and high value clinical negligence claims, while also maintaining a caseload of approximately 40 cases of lower complexity and value, across all types of clinical negligence work.

On their own cases, the successful candidates would be expected to undertake all aspects of a clinical negligence claim, from initial case planning through investigation and obtaining evidence, the pre-action protocol, issuing and serving of proceedings, and litigation all the way to trial where necessary. They would of course be closely supervised, supported, and trained by more experienced colleagues.

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'LL 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


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Experienced Hires

At Switalskis, we’re dedicated to expanding our team by welcoming seasoned professionals who are eager to contribute their expertise in a collaborative setting.

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Join our Qualifying Solicitors Programme to embark on a rewarding legal career at one of the UK’s top firms.

Work experience

Work experience at Switalskis will provide you with a glimpse into the legal world if you’re looking for a career in law.

Apprenticeships

Further information about our solicitor and graduate apprenticeships will be available in the spring.

Advice for recruitment agencies

The dedicated talent management team at Switalskis is directly responsible for attracting top-tier talent to the business. We have established a preferred supplier list of recruiters and agencies to ensure a seamless recruitment process. For this reason, unsolicited CVs are discouraged. If you are interested in being considered for our preferred supplier list, please contact our talent management team today.

Why Switalskis?

We provide a pathway to a fulfilling career in the legal sector. As a law firm with a rich legacy of legal practice, working with us means being part of a firm known for its integrity, excellence and commitment to its clients. 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.

Through a range of training programmes, workships and seminars, we invest in the continuous growth and development of our team. To find out more about career opportunities at Switalskis, take a look at our Career Development guide.

Our firm encompasses a variety of legal practice areas, providing an environment to explore, learn and specialise in your field of interest. Our open-door policy promotes a collaborative and supportive work environment that encourages interaction and learning throughout the firm.

The culture at Switalskis encourages creativity and continuous improvement in delivering exceptional legal services. We embrace innovation and inclusivity, and value the diverse perspective and experience that our team brings to the table. We also encourage our team to engage in various community outreach initiatives, aligning our professional practice with positive societal impact.

Your decision to join Switalskis is a step towards a career filled with opportunities for growth, learning and making a meaningful impact in the legal profession. Our firm is not just a place to work; it’s a community where your legal career can thrive amidst a culture of excellence and mutual respect.

Life at Switalskis

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

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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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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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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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