At Helix Law, we’re on a mission to give commercially astute advice and to work differently.
We aspire to be a thoroughly modern business, not just a modern firm of solicitors. We want our team to be empowered to always give our clients their very best and when resolving disputes we want our team to give, and our clients to receive, the sort of advice we’d hope to receive ourselves if in their position. Our standards are high, matched only by our ambition. There is much to be done and we need good people to help.
Who we are
Helix Law was established in 2012 and is owned by Jonathan Waters and Alex Cook. Before qualifying as a solicitor Jonathan worked in industry and investment banking for over a decade. Alex has owner experience in a number of SME businesses outside of Helix Law and was a Partner in another firm before joining Helix as an owner in 2013. Experience outside the legal profession informs our commercial focus on and our commitment to being more commercially aware, and more approachable, than traditional law firms.
We are litigation and dispute resolution specialists. We are growing rapidly- our turnover grew by over 60% last year, 40% the year before and we have attained double digit growth from inception. We attract new instructions and work from all over the country every day. Our clients are located across the country and internationally.
Did you know…
- 8 +Years of positive turnover & up 60% for 2019/20
- 98 %Response rate to queries in under an hour
- 100 %our staff would recommend us to their friends, family and contacts.
Our culture is one of a lean startup and we seek to disrupt established ‘legal norms’. We don’t really like to talk about ourselves or refer to ourselves as a ‘firm’ but prefer to let our actions do the talking. We work hard and smart.
Our organic growth has been driven by a relentless focus on relationships, quality and adding value, and service. We want all our staff to thrive and focus on results rather than being too prescriptive in any process. We aim to be, and to become, a meritocratic business. As a matter of course we encourage flexibility and remote working and we have operated an entirely cloud-based and paperless working environment for many years to the extent we don’t consider this in any sense exceptional. In many ways we are a technology business.
We are also a progressive business. If a new way of doing things or technology appears, we will consider adopting it. Our team is distributed and can (and do) work seamlessly, remotely, including from abroad. The only limiting factors to our business are an internet connection, power, and the time zone. If we believe new technology will benefit our clients or our team, we will adopt it. Team members remain connected via messenger Slack, video conferencing and, of course, telephone and email.
We’re committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity in every aspect of our work and business. We believe in equality for all and aim to reflect our values in our work.
We have a relaxed working environment and see stiff and strict dress codes as something from the past.
Our team members aren’t confined by a traditional or stuffy dress code because our focus is on the quality of our, perhaps your, work, not on what you wear.
What our staff say about us
- 100% of our staff would recommend us to their family and friends
- 90% of our staff believe that they can fulfill their career aspirations at Helix Law
- 100% of our staff say that they are proud to work for the firm
We need good people to grow with us.
We are a comparably new and ambitious business offering new team members the opportunity to join us at a hugely exciting time when we are experiencing exponential growth in turnover and attracting a roster of high quality work from an increasingly diverse range of clients.
We don’t pay based on regimented or predestined PQE levels. If you’re an exceptional performer we will recognise that at any level from day one whether in marketing or administration or as a paralegal, trainee, solicitor, or partner.
Lawyers that join us will experience client contact and increasing levels of responsibility based on client service and quality of work. There is no cap or collar to what can be achieved at the firm.
We are an efficient and lean business. We don’t carry overheads that don’t contribute to what we do, the quality of our work or the service we provide to our clients. This means we are able to offer very competitive salaries and benefits.
Benefits we offer employees
Imagine what can be achieved if wasted energy is cut away. We have experienced partnership in other law firms and know the distractions and baggage that exist. We only care about the service you provide to clients and to colleagues, and that you are prepared to give your all to helping us all move forwards together. We’ll do all that we can to assist you.
During the Coronavirus pandemic we haven’t furloughed any staff. We have recruited during this period having interviewed remotely via video conferencing. We continue to need good candidates hungry to push on your own career, and the business.
Our offices are important administrative and training hubs but aren’t very relevant to clients and so aren’t very important to us. We’re often instructed in urgent matters where the need to sit in a meeting is less important than getting on with the actual work. For our national and international clients they don’t want to meet in an office and are happy to video conference which we therefore accommodate.
We have two offices;
Brighton, UK - A 5-minute walk from the beautiful train station, our Brighton office is in the heart of the city. Situated close to the North Lanes, we’re an easy target for anyone coming to visit our cosy and professional space.
Eastbourne, UK - Located a few minutes from Eastbourne train station, our office is a space many of our team members like to make use of. Also positioned close to all the highlights of the city, we’ve taken great care to make this a first-class workplace.
Wherever You Are - We are wholly committed to flexible and remote working, enabling our team to work from home and efficiently move around the country (and the world) on client business when needed.
We are growing rapidly and invite applications from established experienced litigators from NQ to Partner level. If you’re at the start of your career we’re also keen to speak with you. We especially seek applicants for a paralegal position with a view to a training contract, and exceptional professional support lawyers and administrators. We typically ask prospective trainees to work with us for a short period as a paralegal, typically for 3-6months to assess if we’re a good fit for one another. Unlike many other firms we do not hold people in this position for long. In the last four years 7 trainees have qualified with us.
We have a litigation only culture. We understand what makes litigators tick and we have a culture that:
We help make this work so that you are seamlessly integrated and connected to the team in practical terms. Our practice management, case management and all functions are online and cloud based. Physical administration/secretarial are delivered from our offices in Brighton and Eastbourne;
We expect to build a team to rival any City team and the next 5 years are an exciting time at Helix. We aspire to recruit the very best litigators and invite applications from qualified solicitors with the following attributes:
- Strong academic results, or significant work experience outside the legal sector, and a proven track record as a commercial, property, or construction litigator;
- A desire to continually improve your practice so that you can grow with the firm and help the firm grow;
- The ability to work independently and within a team;
- The ability to inspire trust and confidence in your clients and your colleagues; and
- A desire to work in a modern way.
Ready to get started?
You could be a City lawyer who wants to move out of London and work remotely, or you might be working in a high street firm wanting to learn and earn more within a specialist niche litigation only firm.
There could be any number of reasons to want to move to Helix – if you’re good enough we are flexible enough to create a package that improves your life and our team.