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Partner/ Senior Associate 8 to 10 years’ PQE +

Private Client

The opportunity

Stephens Scown has ambitious growth aspirations to support our goal to be the leading regional law firm in the greater South West region. To support this growth, we are looking for equally ambitious individuals to join and develop our growing Somerset office.

Just a year on from opening our Taunton office and following an outstanding first year working with new clients, engaging with the business community and supporting the county’s communities, we are preparing to move into new permanent premises and continue to build on our growing market share.

If you’re client-focused, committed and love to work collaboratively, why not contact us to find out more about the opportunity and to learn more about the unique culture and ethos of working for an employee-owned and B Corp Certified law firm. Can you play a part in shaping our exciting future?

Work for a place that works for you…

As an experienced Private Client solicitor, you’ll be familiar with the role already and understand how you add value to your clients. At Stephens Scown, you’ll work collaboratively across other teams including Family, Inheritance and Trust Disputes, Residential Property and Rural Property teams as well as the rest of the successful Private Client and Wealth Protection team.

What makes working for Stephens Scown different? At Stephens Scown, every day is what we make it. So we make it matter. Doing notable work for notable clients, building our skills with talented people and having a positive impact on our communities sits at the heart of everything we do.

We don’t just say it, we live it. Our commitment to our people, clients and communities runs through our DNA. We are employee-owned, we are a Certified B CorporationTM, and we are featured in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024 list – ensuring our culture and ethos of going above and beyond for our people, our colleagues and our communities is recognised nationally.

About You

  • You will be a Private Client Partner or ambitious Senior Associate who is 8 to 10 years’ PQE +, and ideally with a STEP qualification.
  • An ambitious individual who is ready for their next challenge.
  • You will be able to demonstrate that you have strong analytical and communication skills and that you can work strategically with clients and as part of a team.
  • You will be skilled at developing and maintaining strong client relationships ideally with business owners, charities and individuals and be able to contribute to the firm’s business development initiatives.
  • You will be looking to make your mark and build a successful career as well as supporting the development of others in the team.
  • You will have the ability to enhance our clients’ experience through the delivery of exceptional client service.

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive remuneration and an impressive array of benefits and rewards. Not least of these is through the Firm’s employee-ownership status, where every employee is listened to, helps to realise our vision and receives an equal share in our annual profit-share.
  • Our hybrid working model and approach to flexible working enables our people to share their working time between home and the office to support a healthy work / life balance.
  • View a full list of our benefits – including 25 day’s holiday (plus bank holidays and your birthday), private medical insurance, group life assurance, access to a comprehensive range of wellbeing support, and three additional days’ paid leave to support good causes.
  • Our culture is vibrant and supportive, enabling our people to develop their skills and live their best lives with a focus on delivering a genuine work-life balance.

Why Stephens Scown?

Being Great Matters…

Working here is something else entirely. It’s a place where we can step up to tough challenges with people so good they inspire us to be better. We proudly work in a beautiful part of the country, go beyond expectations and achieve things that matter.

Owning It Matters…

We’re the UK’s first major employee-owned law firm. But more than this, we’re people-centred, people-powered. We do what it takes to help each other overcome every challenge. Whatever’s happening in the world, empowering our people is what matters.

Doing Good Matters…

Our communities and colleagues give us a lot to be thankful for. So we try to make them feel as valued as our clients. Whether we’re digging deep and giving our time and money, picking up rubbish from our streets and beaches, at Stephens Scown, if it’s right, it matters.

Having Fun Matters…

We might have the expertise of a top city firm, but outside our offices there’s not a skyscraper in sight. Whether we’re getting to know our clients on our local beach or having fun in the park with colleagues, we’re all about living a life enriched by work. Making the fun matter.

Apply for this position

If this sounds like you and you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please send your application by email (quoting your current or last salary) enclosing an up to date CV to or by post to: HR Department, Stephens Scown LLP, Curzon House, Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1RS

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At Stephens Scown, we believe that a diverse workforce delivers better results for our clients and creates a happier workplace where everyone feels valued and appreciated. Therefore we welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds, abilities and beliefs.

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