Quest Legal Advocates conduct 2 to 3 rounds of recruitment each year. The dates for each round will be circulated here and on social media. The closing date for applications wishing to be considered in the current recruitment cycle is 31st July 2022.
We offer our clients services from two advocacy teams; our County Court Advocate Team and our Qualified Advocate Team.
Both advocacy teams attend hearings in the County Court (as well as other tribunal hearing centres) in England and Wales.
Please refer to the information below to find out which team is best suited to your experience and qualifications.
Quest Legal Advocates can, if necessary, accommodate flexible working arrangements so that you can manage other commitments.
County Court Advocate Team
This team appear in court as solicitors’ agents or lay representatives. They attend the following hearings;
For this team Quest Legal Advocates would be delighted to receive applications from BPTC graduates who have attained a Very Competent classification or higher or LPC graduates who have attained a Commendation classification or higher. We also invite applications from students on these courses who are in the last year of their course and expect to attain these grades.
We look for candidates who will be committed to providing a high quality, professional and personable service to our extensive and diverse client base.
You can expect to operate as a self-employed advocate. We aim to provide quality work to our advocates. The workload is interesting and varied.
You can expect to gain fantastic court experience, client care skills and great insight into a self-employed career. This will enable you to develop time management skills and earn a competitive income whilst enjoying a healthy work/life balance.
Qualified Advocate Team
Applicants will be qualified solicitors, barristers or Fellows of CILEx with Practice Rights.
All successful applicants receive detailed and practical training when they join us. Qualified Advocates will prepare for and attend hearings independently with ongoing and friendly support from the Quest office team.
Quest receive instructions from over 200 clients ranging from national Claimant and Defendant firms to niche local firms. Successful applicants can expect to receive instructions to attend:
– Contested MOJ Stage 3 Hearings
– Small Claims Track trials (including RTA, credit hire and flight delay compensation claims)
– Pre-Action Disclosure Applications
– Case Management/Directions hearings
In addition, candidates will be considered for inclusion within Quest’s drafting services, providing advices on quantum for the purposes of infant settlement approval hearings.
Quest Legal Advocates can accommodate full or part-time working arrangements.
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If you progress to the next stage, you will be asked to complete a recorded interview within a set time frame. This gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your oral and personal presentation skills and tell us more about yourself.
If successful, we will ask you to attend a live, assessed interview by video-link. Some preparation will be required. Here we will assess your ability to analyse factual and legal information and your advocacy skills. It also gives you an opportunity to meet some of the management team.
Once you have been successful at interview, a detailed training programme begins which is designed to prepare you for undertaking your first case.
First you will need to read and digest a large volume of written materials which are designed to furnish you with the requisite knowledge about the applicable law and civil procedure for the cases you will eventually undertake. You will start to gain an insight into the most effective ways of conducting your practice through a variety of practical examples and guidance.
You will need to work hard to master the written materials. You will be expected to complete a number of tests based upon their content. The knowledge you gain will form the foundation of your future training and your eventual success as an advocate.
You will then proceed to training with members of the management team. During this you will have the opportunity to meet other successful applicants. You will participate in mock hearings and be able to observe model submissions and those of your peers.
As you undertake your first hearings, you will be in close communication with the management team during your preparation and conduct of them. Full support will be provided to you at all times to ensure that your first appearances in court run smoothly and successfully.
As your practice begins to grow, your performance and progress will continue to be monitored. This is done both to ensure that you are provided with the necessary support and guidance and to identify the most promising advocates. We invite such advocates to undertake further training enabling them to conduct more complex cases.