Associate Attorney (Family Law)

  • Permanent
  • Ref #393314AH
  • Posted 4 days ago
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa
  • Legal, Professional
Employer Description

A prominent client centric law firm located in Cape Town.

Job Description

A prominent and well reputed law firm located in Cape Town seeks an Associate to Senior Associate level Attorney with a minimum of 5 Years post Admission experience in the above mentioned field of law. We are looking for someone who can comfortably manage a family law case load of around 50 to 100 matters, involving divorce, maintenance, child care, protection order issues. You will need to be able to consult, take instructions, advise, negotiate, draft letters to opponents, diarise important litigation timelines, follow up for customer service, progress the case, as well as be competent in doing high quality first draft pleadings, especially of an opposed nature: pleas, counterclaims, discovery and Rule 43 affidavits. You must also be able to do pretrial and trial preparation. It would be a bonus if you have experience with the eviction PIE procedure, as well as some criminal law exposure: appearing in criminal court at first appearances and attending to postponements etc.

Division of functions across a team: 9 core team members: attorneys, consultants, legal assistants. Administrative support: candidate attorney for calls, minutes, letters of advice, and paralegal for invoicing and project management etc. Legal messenger support: for issuing, serving, filing, first draft notices, indexing, paginating and set downs. Little marketing and sales is required, other than follow ups on leads. No strategic and creative planning and execution required as this is all done by CEO.  Access to counsel to help with technical difficulties. Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and early coaching/motivation. Sponsored training opportunities: minimum of 100 hours per year. Emphasis on value based quoting and innovation, and not the billable hour, but one must account for an 8 hour work day. Case project management oversight and reviews on Fridays. An emphasis on positive reinforcement. A combination of flexi-time and remote working conditions.

Qualifications

LLB Degree obtained though reputable institution. Admitted attorney with right of appearance.

Skills

You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and ultimately know how to negotiate and persuade. You must take good care of own mental and physical health, and have the maturity to manage oneself. You will have strong emotional intelligence. The firm a client centric law firm, so you should be able to develop a deep empathy with clients, and commit to service excellence.  At least 3 years plus post qualification (admission) experience is required. We are looking for an A player/rising star, someone who does their best for the sake of it. We are seeking career driven individuals with a passion for the law, and to succeed. You will have perseverance/show grit, have an eagerness to learn and desire to take on responsibility.  

Salary / Package

R30,000 - R60,000 per month Basic Salary CTC

Benefits

Performance bonus incentives (if you help Director reach a firm daily target you will get a share of a profit pool at the end of the quarter), and benefits like a cellphone allowance, a retirement annuity, and possible medical aid.