What Is a Civil Litigation Solicitor?


You Will Learn.

  • What a Civil Litigation Solicitor is. 
  • What the responsibilities of a Civil Litigation Solicitor are.
  • What qualifications a Civil Litigation Solicitor needs.
  • Average salary of a Civil Litigation Solicitor.
  • What skills a Civil Litigation Solicitor needs.  
  • Who employs a Civil Litigation Solicitor.
  • Where the latest Civil Litigation Solicitor jobs are and how to apply for them.
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What Is a Civil Litigation Solicitor?

A Civil Litigation Solicitor is a Solicitor who specialises in handling legal disputes between individuals or organisations such as businesses.

Civil litigation can include a wide range of non-criminal legal matters, such as contract disputes, property disputes, personal injury claims, and employment law issues.

They play a critical role in helping clients navigate the legal system and achieve a successful resolution to their civil dispute.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Civil Litigation Solicitor?

While working as a Civil Litigation Solicitor, you will be required to: 

  • Meet and liaise with clients.
  • Issue court procedures.
  • Draft witness statements.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Attend and represent clients in court when requested.
  • Gather evidence to support the client's case.
  • Work with colleagues and barristers when required.
  • Manage a caseload of clients.
  • Provide legal advice to clients specific to their case.
  • Negotiate with the other party to reach a settlement or agree on the terms of a resolution.
  • Carry out legal research relevant to individual cases.
  • Advise clients on the possibility of appealing a court decision and representing them in the appeals process.

Frequently Asked Questions

To work as a Civil Litigation Solicitor, you would need to complete the same qualifications as any other Solicitor.

This involves obtaining a law degree, passing the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, completing two years of relevant work experience and being accepted onto the Roll of Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Post qualification courses are available to further your knowledge in civil litigation for professional development.

The average salary for a Civil Litigation Solicitor in the UK can vary depending on several factors, such as experience, location, and the size of the law firm.

The average salary for a Solicitor in private practice in the UK is £64,000 per year. However, a Civil Litigation Solicitor may earn a salary within this range or slightly above depending on their level of experience and the location of the law firm.

In London, for example, the average salary for a Civil Litigation Solicitor can range from £40,000 to £90,000 per year, while in other parts of the UK, the average salary may be lower, around £30,000 to £60,000 per year.

However, salaries can also vary depending on the type of law firm or organisation that employs the Civil Litigation Solicitor, with larger firms generally offering higher salaries than smaller ones.

Additionally, experienced Civil Litigation Solicitors may earn significantly higher salaries, especially if they have a track record of winning high-value cases.

A Civil Litigation Solicitor can be employed by a variety of organisations or even choose to be self-employed.

Organisations that would employ a Civil Litigation Solicitor include law firms, companies with in-house law departments, government agencies such as the NHS or Local Authorities and legal aid organisations. 

Some Civil Litigation Solicitors choose to work as sole practitioners or set up their own law firms.

What Skills Does a Civil Litigation Solicitor Need?

Key skills of a Civil Litigation Solicitor include: 

  • Organised with the ability to keep to deadlines.
  • Good communications skills both written and oral.
  • IT skills. 
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Determination.
  • Persuasive nature.
  • Resilience and self-confidence.
  • Research skills. 
  • Adaptable and flexible.

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