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Solicitor / FILEX – 4 years PQE+ (Family)

Ripon, Thirsk, Bedale

Family Law


We are looking for a self-starting Family lawyer (4 years PQE+) to join our team in North Yorkshire and take over the Head of Department role as our two senior family lawyers are retiring. We have offices in the City of Ripon and the market towns of Thirsk and Bedale.

Eccles Heddon is rated the number 1 firm in the local area on Review Solicitors – many of our clients are long-standing and we have served several generations of families, aiming to ensure that we meet all of their legal needs in one place. The Family department is key to the provision of all-round legal advice. We aim for excellent client care and have a very low rate of complaints as a result.

The ideal candidate will have gained good, solid experience in all aspects of private Family Law (we do not have a Legal Aid Franchise) and will have worked extensively on financial settlements following divorce / separation. The practice has a good base and reputation for servicing Family clients including high net worth individuals. We are looking for someone who wants to put their own stamp on this practice area, develop the department and modernise working methods, working with the partners and the practice manager to achieve this.

The opportunity might suit a candidate who lives in the geographical area of the practice and is currently working in Teesside / York / Leeds / Harrogate but who wishes to work in a better environment and improve their work/life balance as hybrid working is available.

It is important that the successful applicant will be able to take on the Head of Department role in this practice area and work with a NQ solicitor and a Trainee Solicitor as well as with secretarial support, so a solid level of experience in the area is needed.

We have a friendly and helpful support team, offer a competitive salary, and the opportunity to earn a generous bonus on fees received.  Although a full-time role is available part-time hours could be possible.

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to drive their career forward in a friendly local firm with a solid client base and ambition for the future.

Please apply directly with your CV and a covering letter to Gill Saville, Practice Manager – 5 Westgate, Ripon, HG4 2AT or by email to

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