Hopkins are growing and with growth comes new career opportunities!

We aim to seek out the very best legal and support staff to join our team. We recognise that our staff play a vital role in delivering the high level of customer satisfaction that keeps our clients coming back year after year.

Hopkins have been awarded the Investors in People award for over ten years of continued excellence, an accolade not many companies locally, or even nationally can boast!

We are also proud members of LEXCEL, an accreditation that indicates high quality in relation to legal practice management and customer care standards. Upon our recent LEXCEL inspection the accreditor noted, “The firm is very competent in talent spotting, talent management and developing people in line with current and future business needs. A well-considered training plan has been prepared which details the training needs of identified individuals or roles. There is a very strong culture of continuous improvement evident throughout the firm and at all levels.”

We also strongly believe in supporting our local younger generation by taking on multiple Apprentices and Trainee Solicitors, many of which have grown their careers with us over their lifetime.

Hopkins are proud of treating their staff with the same level of respect and trust as we give our clients.

Below are a list of current vacancies, if you wish to apply please click the “APPLY” button which will allow you to attach your CV and Cover Letter, alternatively you can email them directly to our HR Manager Rebecca Trustcott at rtruscott@hopkins-solicitors.co.uk

Trainee Solicitor or Paralegal (including part-time LPC)

Hopkins Solicitors LLP is one of the leading North Nottinghamshire firms of solicitors employing 73 employees across four offices, 2 in Mansfield, 1 in Sutton in Ashfield and 1 in Nottingham.

We are currently looking to recruit at least two Trainee Solicitors or Paralegals.

CV Deadline & Shortlist of Candidates Announced: 17th of August 2017

Assessment Date: 14th of September 2017

Start Date: September 2017

Reporting to: Supervising Partner

Hours of Work: Full-time; Monday–Friday (inclusive) from 9.00am–5.00pm with an hour for lunch

Benefits: Workplace Pension Scheme, childcare vouchers, 20 days holiday plus bank holidays, plus 4 extra days over Christmas when the offices close.

About Hopkins

We are a full service law firm and the successful candidate will be exposed to a full range of work during the period of their training contract.

Applications will be considered from individuals who are looking for either a formal training contract, a paralegal position or someone who wishes to obtain their LPC on a part-time basis. We have always adopted a flexible approach to these issues.

Hopkins’ track record in relation to full time qualified roles for those who train with it is good. All past trainees have been taken on in a full time capacity and of the current five Equity Partners, three trained with the firm. Both its Associates trained with the firm as did three Assistant Solicitors.

The firm is IIP accredited and is one of only 55 companies worldwide to be working with IIP on the pilot for their sixth generation accreditation scheme. It therefore values training.

Hopkins’ culture is one which combines hard work and professionalism with a friendly and supportive working environment. The successful candidate will have strong inter-personal skills, being able to communicate effectively with colleagues and most importantly with the firm’s clients.

We are a local firm of Solicitors, we are not another faceless organisation. We pride ourselves in providing a personal face to face service. We know that building strong relationships with our clients, leads to repeat business so we strive to provide the best customer experience.

We are proud that the quality of our service has been recognised by the Law Society with the prestigious LEXCEL standard. This is only given to solicitors’ firms that meet the highest standards of management and customer care.

The work we do is carried out by solicitors or legal assistants, we don’t employ administrative staff to do the work of legal professionals.

Hopkins Solicitors LLP is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. A copy of the Equality and Diversity Policy is available upon request.

The personal approach we take to provide legal advice is one of the reasons our clients continue to use our services time and time again, and why they are happy to recommend Hopkins to others. Our specialist teams focus on making our services as flexible, straightforward and cost effective as possible.

Personal Services

The firm deals with the following personal services:

  • Conveyancing
  • Personal Injury
  • Employee Advice
  • Family Law
  • Housing issues
  • Litigation and Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Wills and Probate

Business Services

The firm deals with the following business services:

  • Business Sales
  • Business Support
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Commercial Property
  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment Law
  • Succession Planning
  • Online Legal Services
The Role


As part of our commitment as a training provider we endeavor to provide the trainee solicitor or paralegal with the training, guidance and experience necessary to enable them to develop the key skills and expertise required by the SRA to become a qualified, experienced solicitor, legal executive or paralegal.

The key objectives required to fulfil a training contract are as follows:

  • Legal and procedural knowledge
  • Proof reading
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Commercial acumen
  • Advocacy and presentational skills
  • Case and time management
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and advising clients
  • Research
  • Practice support
  • IT
  • Marketing

It is necessary for you to be confident in dealing with clients and other professionals.

You need to provide a valuable contribution to the work of each department to which you have been allocated a seat, to assist each training principal with their daily workload and to provide practice support both departmentally and generally within the firm.

If selected for a training contract, the duration of the Training Contract is 2 years, in which you will be given the opportunity to gain training and experience in at least three substantive areas of English Law, covering both contentious and non-contentious work.

If selected for a part-time LPC, the candidate will work for 2 years during which time they will complete their LPC on a part-time basis, alongside their training contract.

The ideal candidate for this role must have the following:

  • a minimum of a 2:1 degree from a reputable university
  • a strong desire to learn
  • enthusiastic and ambitious
  • hardworking
  • organised
  • adaptable and accommodating
  • a smart and tidy appearance
  • excellent attention to detail
  • IT competent
  • Excellent timekeeping and attendance

All relevant training will be given.

The interview process will consist of a two stage process.

Initially we will have a full day assessment of our chosen shortlisted candidates whereby interviewees will be assessed in a group meeting environment. This will then be followed by a 1-1 interview.

Should you wish to be considered for this role, please send your CV and covering letter no later than 17/08/2017 to:

Rebecca Truscott, Hopkins Solicitors LLP, Eden Court, Crow Hill Drive, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG19 7AE

or by email: rtruscott@hopkins-solicitors.co.uk

Location: Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield & Nottingham
Salary: Provided upon request
End date: 17/08/2017