UK-Based Barristers & Solicitors

Work from Home, Full & Part-Time Available
Expected Earnings £60K Full-time

We are looking for qualified Solicitors and Barristers, living in England, Scotland or Wales.   These positions are ideal for people who want to work from home, or undertake extra work in their barristers chambers, and are available either full-time or part-time.    You will be given cases to handle which have already been pre-qualified by our New Cases Team and will be able to access a full interview undertaken with the Claimant and key documents when the case is handed to you.    You will have an experienced Paralegal who will work on each case with you, who will draft the ET1, Schedule of Loss and Witness Statements for your approval.

Your role will be to take the lead on each case, which will include:

  • Reading the Case Handover file
  • Meeting with the Claimant, discussing the case in detail with them
  • Amending and/or rewriting pleadings in the ET1 drafted by the Paralegal
  • Conducting settlement discussions with the Respondent
  • Working with the Paralegal, responding to directions from the Tribunal
  • Representing the Claimant at Preliminary Hearings and at the Full Hearing if required

The emphasis is on taking the lead in how the case is handled, conducting settlement discussions and representing the Claimant.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Work From Home

You’ll be based from home, although will be expected to meet Claimants and attend Tribunal hearings.   We’ll agree a suitable location for you to meet Claimants with you.    When working from home, you’ll be able to choose what hours and days you work.  Everything you do will be handled by software which we have developed specifically to handle all aspects of Tribunal cases.   This makes life a lot easier for you, allowing you to pinpoint key documents, interview notes and facts relating to each of your cases.

Case Management

The emphasis of your role is meeting Claimants, talking to Respondents and, where required, undertaking hearings.    For each case you’ll work with a dedicated experienced Paralegal and you’ll be responsible for overseeing their work.  They will do the bulk of admin on each case allowing you to focus your time on trying to achieve settlements.

Case Management

The emphasis of your role is meeting Claimants, talking to Respondents and, where required, undertaking hearings.    For each case you’ll work with a dedicated experienced Paralegal and you’ll be responsible for overseeing their work.  They will do the bulk of admin on each case allowing you to focus your time on trying to achieve settlements.

Verified Cases

Before you are assigned a case, a dedicated New Cases team works on it.   They ensure that we have relevant documents, that the case has merit, and try to achieve an early settlement.   Our software also conducts an in-depth interview, seeking out facts relevant to the particular case.   So when you start you are presented with a case which has been verified, which has merit, and you’ll have a lot of the documents you need at your fingertips.

Part of a Winning Team

iTribunal only handles UK Employment Tribunal cases.   We are part of a firm of solicitors, and have invested considerably in developing technology and a business model which is fit-for-purpose to handle claimant tribunal cases.   The owners have successful track records in owning and running businesses, including specialist tribunal claims businesses.

Part of a Winning Team

iTribunal only handles UK Employment Tribunal cases.   We are part of a firm of solicitors, and have invested considerably in developing technology and a business model which is fit-for-purpose to handle claimant tribunal cases.   The owners have successful track records in owning and running businesses, including specialist tribunal claims businesses.

HOURS AND EARNINGS

You will agree with us a number of new cases that you want to take on per month.     On average, we estimate that a case which settles BEFORE HEARING will require 8 hours of work for you from start to settlement.   Remember, you will be supported by an experienced Paralegal, so most of your involvement will be on managing the case, checking the paralegal’s work, meeting the claimant and conducting settlement discussions.    Some cases will settle very quickly so will need very little work.   Some will be complicated and run all the way to Witness Statements.    The 8 hours per case is an average.     If a case goes to a full hearing, we estimate that this will require an extra 32 hours of your time, so in total 40 hours on average for a case which goes to hearing.  You can change the number of new cases per month you take on at any time, just by giving us one month’s notice.

The table below shows the number of hours per week you would need to work based on different new caseloads, all based on you working 48 weeks in the year.   You can see that taking on 13 new cases per month would require you to work, on average, 47 hours per week.     Taking on 9 new cases per month would require 32 hours work per week, and 4 new cases per month would require 14 hours work per week.    You are free to choose how many cases you take on to fit in with your lifestyle, it’s completely flexible.

You can choose when you work.   You’ll obviously need to be available for hearings, and will need to meet Claimants and call Respondents during normal office hours, but otherwise there are no set hours.    So if you have children at school, or someone you need to care for, or maybe you’re doing some further studies, provided that you can arrange cover for hearings, this could be perfect for you.

9 New Cases pcm

32 Hours p.w.
£44,000/p.a.
  • £ 21,500 Upfront Case Fees p.a.
  • £ 7,500 Pre-Tribunal Settlement Bonuses
  • £15,000 Tribunal Settlement Payments

Expected Earnings £62,500 Full-Time

The table shows your expected earnings levels based on the number of new cases you take on.   If you have 13 new cases per month, we estimate that you will be working 47 hours on average per week, and will earn £62,500 in a year.   Your earnings are made up of three elements:

  • A Case Management Fee of £200 for each case that you handle.   This is paid as soon as you take on the case.    So if you take on 10 new cases per month, you’ll be paid £2000.
  • A Pre-Tribunal Settlement Bonus of 10% of iTribunal’s net revenue when a case settles (our revenue, less case management fees).    The expected level of Settlement Bonus payable per month is shown in the table.
  •  Tribunal Settlement Fee, equal to 50% of iTribunal’s fee, net of Case Management fees, for cases which go to a full Tribunal hearing.    Our fee is generally 35% of settlement value.    So, if a case goes to Tribunal and settles for £15,000, iTribunal’s fee will be £5,250.   Deducting Case Management fees of £400 and then taking 50%, your Tribunal Settlement Fee would be £2,425.

The name of the game is to try and get cases to settle without going to a Tribunal Hearing – whilst this works better for you, it also avoids the stress of a hearing for both Claimant and Respondent, so everyone wins.   For planning purposes, we assume that 80% of cases will settle before going to full hearing, and that the average settlement at hearing is £5,000 (taking into account that some cases are lost).

EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS


Essential Qualifications & Experience:

  • Qualified Solicitor with Employment Law experience OR
  • Qualified Barrister with Employment Law experience

We are happy to consider newly qualified solicitors or barristers, but you must have completed your articles / pupillage.    It is not essential that you have a current SRA / Bar Council registration – for example, you might have left on maternity leave and not renewed your practising certificate, or might have taken a career break and looking to return to the field.

Essential Factors

  • You need to be a deal-maker – someone who is a good negotiator and driven to get cases settled.
  • You need to have a flexible enough life to be able to schedule time for Claimant meetings and Tribunal hearings – so if you do have care responsibilities, you must be able to find someone to cover you when needed.
  • You must have somewhere at home that you can work quietly and undisturbed  (you can choose when).    You will need to make phone calls to claimants, without barking dogs, farm animals or traffic noise in the background.
  • You must have a good computer and a fast broadband or fibre-optic internet connection.   Our system is entirely internet-based, so you need to be comfortable with working on computers online.

 

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