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Consultant/ Duty Solicitor for Criminal Department

Are you a highly skilled and experienced Criminal Solicitor looking to take the next step in your career? We are currently seeking a dedicated and knowledgeable Consultant/Duty Solicitor to join our dynamic team in the Criminal Department.

As a Consultant/Duty Solicitor for our Criminal Department, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing expert legal advice and representation to clients in various criminal cases, including but not limited to, court appearances, police station attendance, and prison visits.
  • Conducting interviews with clients, gathering evidence, and preparing legal documentation such as witness statements, legal submissions, and briefs.
  • Representing clients in court proceedings, including bail applications, trials, and appeals.
  • Attending police stations to provide advice and assistance to individuals in custody.
  • Liaising with external agencies, such as the Crown Prosecution Service and the police, to collaborate on cases and seek necessary information.
  • Staying up to date with the latest developments in criminal law and procedure, ensuring compliance with legal regulations and professional standards.

To be successful in this role, you should possess the following qualifications and skills:

  • A valid practising certificate as a Solicitor and accreditation as a Duty Solicitor.
  • Extensive experience working as a Criminal Solicitor, ideally within a reputable law firm.
  • Strong knowledge of criminal law, legal procedures, and the criminal justice system.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport with clients and colleagues.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and handle a high caseload.
  • Proficiency in using relevant legal software and databases.

We offer the following benefits to our valued team members:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience and expertise.
  • Continuing professional development opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment, fostering personal growth and career advancement.
  • Strong potential for progression within the firm.
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme.

How to Apply:
If you are ready to take on this exciting challenge and are passionate about criminal law, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your CV and cover letter to

Our recruitment team will review your application and contact you if you are selected for an interview.
Note: All applications will be handled in strict confidence.


Conveyancing Department – Atlantic Road office (Brixton) - Legal Secretary: £22k - £26k (D.O.E)



With a long established and well-earned reputation for excellence, Wainwright and Cummins LLP offer our clients a full range of high-class legal services for both businesses and individuals. The main duties of this role is to provide legal secretarial support to their supervising fee earner with a view to develop the paralegal support. The ability to learn on the job additional skills to assist in their duties that will enhance the fee earner ability to operate more effectively. This will include but will not be limited to the job role given below. The legal secretary is expected to use a high degree of self-management and initiative while working in a team. To provide speedy and cost effective support to the fee earners in the conveyancing team. To provide general administrative support to the Atlantic Road office and Acre Lane office if needed.

Responsibilities and Requirements:

Undertake certain elements of fee earning work under supervision. In particular:

  • Administrative duties including photocopying, scanning, filing, opening door, answering phones and letter writing;
  • File creation and client care correspondence;
  • preparing Stamp Duty forms;
  • Making appointments and arranging meetings;
  • preparing completion statements and invoices;
  • Preparing all necessary accounts forms and understanding client ledgers;
  • Preparing Land Registry applications and dealing with requisitions;
  • Producing first drafts of contracts, deeds and leases;
  • Dealing with pre‐completion requisitions;
  • Closing and archiving files;
  • Ensuring meeting rooms and working area are set up and cleared before and after meetings;
  • Deputise for fee earners in their absence;
  • Confident in passing urgent issues to another fee earners and asking for guidance;
  • Remain up-to-date with changes in the law.


Personal Specification/ Requirements:

  • Must have at least 3 years’ experience as a commercial property paralegal or higher;
  • Must have experience with the Land Registry portal and SDLT online;
  • Enthusiastic attitude;
  • Hardworking and can demonstrate initiative;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including experience in dealing with a range of clients via telephone and face-to-face;
  • Well organised and good time keeping;
  • The ability to complete assigned tasks effectively and promptly;
  • A cheerful personality;
  • Adaptable and accommodating;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • IT competent, particularly with reference to the use of Word and Excel;
  • A good telephone manner and the ability to deal with clients;
  • Knowledge / experience working within a case management systems;
  • Accurate typing with a good sense of layout and presentation of letters and documentation.


The ideal candidate is committed to the very best standards of practice and is very proud of their reputation. Wainwright and Cummins require an enthusiastic Commercial Property Paralegal / Property Secretary to provide support to the commercial partner and fee earners. This roll would suit applicant with a secretarial background.

This job description is not restrictive in any way and should be regarded only as a guideline to the duties required and may be amended in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. The job description does not form part of the Contract of Employment.

Please reply to this directly to this post or email your CV and cover letter to:


Work Experience not available at this time

Currently Wainwright and Cummins LLP do not have the capacity to take any new work experience students.

However we do not want any budding trainee solicitors feel disarranged we are creating a shortlist of new candidates for when we open up new opportunities within the firm. So if you are interested in working with Wainwright & Cummins LLP please email us with your CV and a short cover letter to:


For further information or to speak to one of our experts please contact us.