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Criminal Defence Advocate

Richard Griffiths & Co Solicitors
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Closing date
27 Apr 2021

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Richard Griffiths & Co are one of the largest providers of legally aided criminal defence work in Wiltshire.  We have offices in Chippenham, Salisbury, and New Milton (Hampshire).  It is a multi-practice office which offers a comprehensive range of legal services to individuals and businesses across Wiltshire and Hampshire. 

We are looking for someone to join our specialist team of lawyers and support staff dedicated to providing the highest standards of client care across the full range of criminal matters both day and night.  The firm has an excellent reputation due to its sound knowledge of the criminal justice system and experienced members of staff. 

We will consider applications from individuals looking for both part-time and full-time hours or with flexible working hours. 

RG&CO is an equal opportunities employer. 

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Arranging appointments and attending new, current and former clients and dealing with their queries including.
  • Obtaining instructions and advising on course(s) of action, length and cost of case (as appropriate).
  • Assessment of client’s financial means and explanation of Public Funding or Private terms and conditions.
  • Making applications for Legal Aid or obtaining private funds as appropriate.
  • Attending clients at Courts and/or Detention centres. Both inside and outside of office hours.
  • Drafting and/or dictating correspondence to client, court, solicitors counsel and other third parties, including Statements, Notices, Applications, and other Legal Forms/Documents.
  • Instructing counsel, experts, solicitor advocates or other third parties, reviewing reports and continued liaison as required.
  • Arranging hearings and conferences.
  • Obtaining and reviewing evidence and statements.
  • Negotiation on client’s behalf and, liaising with opponents, judges, etc. to obtain most preferable outcome for clients.
  • Ensuring efficient day-to-day progress of all matters, prioritising work as necessary and keeping the client informed on progress.
  • Filing documents to client files, dealing with closed files, and maintaining the firm’s closed file records.
  • Day to day supervision and file review of all nominated supervisees (If appropriate)
  • Compliance with the firm's policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that all work carried out meets or exceeds the requirements of the LAA’s Standard Contract, the SRA Code of Conduct and meets Quality Mark standards.
  • To record all work carried out accurately and appropriately on the firm’s computerised time recording system.                               

Person Specification


  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management systems.
  • Excellent client care skills and ability to deal with clients in a sensitive manner in particular to deal with vulnerable clients.
  • Committed team player and capable of adapting well to new challenges.
  • Professional pro-active approach.
  • The ability to meet and exceed tight deadlines.


  • Qualified Solicitor or ILEX Accredited
  • Court Duty and Police Station Duty Accredited – an advantage but not essential – but a willingness to become duty qualified is essential
  • LAA Supervisor – an advantage but not essential – but a willingness to become qualified essential
  • Must have a valid Practicing Certificate at the time of applying.
  • Full clean Driving Licence essential.
  • Have experience of handling a criminal defence caseload. 


Richard Griffiths & Co Solicitors offer a comprehensive range of legal services for the individual, for business and for the military. RG & Co have been providing legal services since 1979, with offices in Salisbury, New Milton and Chippenham. Our team of highly experienced lawyers specialise in providing personal, expert legal advice.

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