We are seeking a Legal Assistant to join our busy Family Law department.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of working in a Family law team, ideally Care Proceedings.


We are currently ranked the no.1 go to family law team in and around Sunderland on the independent feedback site, Review Solicitors.

The successful candidate will join a team of leading family law solicitors that have a wealth of experience of dealing with public and private law proceedings. Our solicitors are all members of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel and Resolution.

Our Solicitors in the department are also supported by friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable Paralegals, Legal Assistants and Secretaries.


We are a progressive and ambitious award-winning law firm that has roots going back to the 1940s. Now, in the 2020s, our forward-thinking leadership team is taking the firm to new heights with lots of exciting plans for growth ahead.

At the very heart of those plans for the future, are our employees. We understand and embrace that they are our biggest asset and, we are committed to continually building on our inclusive and supportive working environment. This gives our employees the tools to do their best work which not only rewards them, but our clients too.

As a Lexcel accredited practice, we pride ourselves on providing outstanding client care and excellent quality legal services whilst offering all of our employees an enjoyable and supportive working environment.


Our firm’s values influence, guide and structure all we do for clients of Richard Reed and when we are interacting with our colleagues. We are:

Results driven: We get the job done. Our team are motivated and driven to succeed and we pour passion and energy into every case to ensure a positive and satisfactory outcome for our clients.

Agile: No two people or businesses are the same. We adapt our approach and services to match the requirements of our clients and those of our colleagues.

Proactive: We work with clients and our colleagues to consciously strive to anticipate, identify and prevent future problems from happening.

Teamwork: We know first-hand just how much our clients can benefit from us having a collaborative team approach. All our employees, each with their own expert knowledge and skill, actively come together to work as a team, in all aspects of our business. This approach allows us to ensure our clients receive full and best advice, every step of the way.

Supportive: We welcome and invite conversations with both our clients and colleagues alike. We embrace and respect individual opinion and will take the time to listen and offer solutions.


  • Be part of our exciting future
  • Truly make a difference to the lives of those within our communities
  • Be supported by friendly and knowledgeable colleagues that all share the same values
  • Continue to develop your career through in-house and external training opportunities
  • Regular appraisals
  • Flexible/Hybrid working opportunities available
  • Competitive/market rate salaries
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Free onsite car parking (subject to availability)
  • 27 days holiday
  • Christmas Eve off
  • Office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Pension
  • Death in service insurance
  • Regular social events
  • Employee high street discounts app (Reward Me Now)
  • Discounted legal services for employees


Due to its ongoing regeneration, more and more people talented people are choosing to grow their careers in the City of Sunderland.

Sunderland is a dynamic place to work, live and play. Working in the city is a great experience – it not only has a warm, welcoming local culture but also boasts pioneering development within the city and beyond.

A vibrant hub of activity, the city has fantastic cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, parks, sports facilities and, unlike many other cities, an amazing beach!

Travelling to Sunderland has never been easier due to its excellent transport links and commuters can choose from rail, Metro, car, bus and even sea.

By car: Sunderland is accessible via the A1(M), accessing from the main north-south road links from both London and Scotland. If you are driving to Sunderland, it is also accessible via the A184 from Newcastle, the A690 from Durham and the A19 from Middlesbrough, as well as south bound routes via the Tyne Tunnel. 

By rail: Travelling to Sunderland by rail is one of the easiest ways to reach the city. Sunderland’s railway station is located in the city centre, and is connected to via the Metro line, as well as being easily accessible on foot or via local bus routes, with nearby parking also available.

View the full job description and person specification here

Interested in this role? Apply without delay by sending your CV with a covering letter to [email protected] or call her on 0191 567 0465 for a confidential chat.


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