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Criminal Duty Solicitor

We are a leading North East Law Firm seeking a Criminal Duty Solicitor to be based at our Hartlepool Office. You will become an integral part of a successful Criminal Defence team, taking on a diverse caseload of both private client and legal aid criminal files in a fully supportive environment. You will be handling a full range of criminal defence cases, and be confident attending police station and magistrate court clients. This role therefore requires eligibility to join the Court and Police Station Duty Rota Scheme. You will be tasked with handling a complex and sensitive caseload, ranging from bail applications, serious fraud and White Collar crime to Murder, Drug and theft cases. The role offers high levels of senior associate and partner contact, providing a fully supportive environment in which you are able to excel. This is an extremely challenging and demanding but rewarding role.


You will be based at Hartlepool office, however you will also be required to cover branch offices at Peterlee and Catterick Garrison. You will be required to attend clients, over the telephone, in the office, at a branch office or at another location outside of the office; to take instructions and provide advice, showing an ability to work to tight deadlines, prioritising your workload and progressing matters accordingly.  You will need to have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills with a range of people from all backgrounds and work as a team member with different levels of staff. You will need to be self-serving using Microsoft packages and have a current full driving licence.


The suitable Criminal Duty Solicitor must have worked within a similar role ideally with 1 to 5 years’ experience.


Salary £ Dependent upon experience

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter to Mr. Mark Davies, Practice Manager, Smith & Graham Solicitors, Church Square Chambers, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7HE or email





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