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Head of Family

£50000 - £70000 per annum Negotiable on Experience

Managing this Role


Ray Birkett

Recruitment Consultant - North West
0161 240 3763

Are you an ambitious Family Lawyer that would thrive off the challenge of setting up and growing a department?

This well-established, Legal 500 law firm are experiencing significant growth and are looking for an entrepreneurial Family Lawyer to join the team to set up a Family department and pick up the work they are currently turning away. You will have full support to grow the department and autonomy over key decisions that affect the firm's growth and direction.

The Firm:

This firm has an unrivalled reputation in Liverpool and an increasingly regional and national presence. They punch above their weight in terms of quality of work and the clients they represent and have an enviable client base of HNW individuals and families, SMEs, and even household names. The firm has won multiple employer and industry awards and has been recently recognised in the Legal 500 across several practice areas. The firm's growing reputation and its ability to attract high-quality work have resulted in year-on-year growth of over 20% in the past 5 years.

What sets this firm apart is its culture - whilst you will find the same quality of work that you would find at the more prominent firms in the city, there is a complete step away from the corporate environment you would typically find at firms of that size. There is a family feel running throughout the firm, and you will have a voice and influence in decisions that affect your day to day and the long-term growth and direction of the firm.

Initially founded as a commercial law firm, they are seeing an increasing number of private matters being introduced to the firm. This has prompted them to establish a Private Client department, and they are also keen to bring in a Family Lawyer to grow this offering. They receive an abundance of referrals that they have to turn away, so there will be work to pick up from day one.

The Role:

You will head up the Family department at this innovative, growing law firm, based in Liverpool City Centre.

There is already work to pick up from day one, but you will have the full support to build this up to its full potential, with significant investment in marketing your practice. You will also collaborate with the firm's well-established departments, such as Corporate and Private Client, to identify cross-referral opportunities.

The work that they are receiving is high-quality Private Family Law matters, including divorce, finance, and child law. However, they are keen to build on this and would welcome individuals who had a particular niche.

As you will be coming in at ground level, a significant part of your role in the early stages will be business development and marketing. Therefore, existing clients and contacts would be hugely beneficial but not essential, as there will be no pressure for you to bill whilst the department gets up and running. Once work is flowing consistently, you will have the opportunity to grow the team, and again significant investment will be made in recruiting the right people to assist you.


  • You will be a Family Lawyer with a minimum of 7 years PQE (there is no upper limit in regard to experience)
  • You will have a strong background in all aspects of Private Family Law
  • Have a proven track record of business development and growing a client base
  • A portable practice would be beneficial but not essential
  • Ability to collaborate with other departments to exploit cross-referral opportunities.

This is a standout opportunity for a Family Lawyer to head up a Family department at a well-established law firm. You will have full autonomy to develop your practice and influence over decisions made within the Family department and firm as a whole.

The remuneration package is highly competitive, with a salary negotiable on experience.

Apply now for immediate consideration.