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As a growing business, we are always keen to hear from individuals who feel that they could make a positive contribution to the firm, and who believe that they have an affinity with our values, in terms of our approach to caring for staff and clients as individuals with individual needs.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you feel we’re the right firm for you, regardless of whether or not we have a specific vacancy which fully matches your background. We are always happy to receive speculative enquiries from prospective recruits.

The Firm’s Ethos

Founded in 1893, Ellis-Fermor & Negus is a well-respected East Midlands practice with offices at Beeston, Long Eaton, Ripley, and Belper. We deliver a high-quality service to a wide range of private and business clients.

The mission of the firm is to establish a lifelong relationship with all our clients, ensuring that they and staff alike are treated as individuals with individual needs. Relationship building is a key part of our ethos.

Our Christian values are important to us in the way we approach our work and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in terms of everything we do.

Why Join Us

Our ethos means that we endeavour to provide our staff with all the leadership, encouragement and support they need. We want everyone to feel truly appreciated for the contribution they make to the firm. We like to think that this is manifested by the fact that many of our Directors and staff have been with the firm for many years.

A happy and motivated team means that we are well placed to offer a competitive and dynamic service to our clients, thus ensuring the continued success of the firm!

Current Vacancies

Junior Office Clerk/Secretary, Beeston Office (Full-Time)

We are looking for a positive, willing and committed individual with good interpersonal and organisational skills to assist in our busy reception and front of office. The role also includes providing general administration assistance and secretarial support to our other departments.

The successful applicant will need to be comfortable dealing with clients confidently and in a friendly and welcoming manner both face to face and over the telephone. The applicant must also be comfortable with the general use of computer technology in the workplace but full training will be provided (an interest in IT and familiarity with Microsoft Office software will be an advantage). Previous secretarial experience would be helpful but is not essential.

This is an ideal post for someone looking to start out on a career as a Legal Secretary.

Responsibilities include:


Please send an email together with your CV to


Legal Cashier, Ripley Office (Full-Time)

We are looking to recruit an experienced Legal Cashier to join our Central Administration team, based at our office in Ripley.

As a firm, we pride ourselves on providing excellent client service and have an enviable reputation in the East Midlands for the quality of our work.

The Firm looks to its Legal Cashiers to work with the Practice Manager and the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration to ensure that the Solicitors Accounts Rules in relation to accounting transactions are adhered to, and that all accounts activities are conducted accurately and efficiently.

The usual tasks covered by the Firm’s Legal Cashiers include:-

The Successful applicant will be a key part of the firm’s Finance function and will need to demonstrate the following strengths:

The ideal candidate will have previous experience working as a Legal Cashier in a law firm or similar and will have experience of using Practice Management Software.

A strong working knowledge of the Solicitor Accounts Rules and holding the ILFM Legal Cashier diploma (or equivalent) will be an advantage.

Please send an email together with your CV to


Family Law Fee Earner, Beeston office (Fixed Term Contract – 12 months maternity cover)

Salary based on experience.

We are looking to recruit a Solicitor or Legal Executive to join our Family Law team in our Beeston office. The role would be for a fixed-term period of 12 months to cover the maternity leave of one of our Fee Earners.

As a firm, we pride ourselves on providing excellent client service and have an enviable reputation in the East Midlands for the quality of our work.

As an experienced Family Solicitor the firm will be looking for you to have experience in all areas of Private Family Law. The caseload will consist of but not be limited to: Divorce & Matrimonial, Children, Financial issues, Pre-nuptial agreements and more. The position can be offered on either 5 or 4 days per week.

You should have a solid background dealing with Family Law with a minimum of 5 years PQE and be confident and self-sufficient. You should be IT literate and comfortable using a case management system. You will be expected to hit the ground running with an existing caseload.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV, together with a covering email or letter to Martin Jessop, our Practice Manager.


Commercial Property Lawyer, Belper or Ripley Office (Full-time or Part-time – minimum 20 hours over 5 days)

Ellis-Fermor & Negus is a full service high street solicitors practice with an enviable reputation in the East Midlands for the quality of our work.

Our commercial property department is growing and we are looking for a Commercial Property lawyer able to handle the wide range of work that comes into our successful Commercial Property Team. This exciting opportunity presents the applicant with the ability to develop and contribute to the success of one of the East Midlands’ oldest practices.

A considerable proportion of the work of the commercial property department across all four offices of the firm involves helping Churches and Christian charities in buying and selling property, leasing property for both Landlords and Tenants, mortgaging property and transferring property as part of structural re-organisations.

As a member of the Association of Christian Law Firms, the firm is ideally placed to provide the support required for Trustees and Ministers and other members of the leadership teams of Churches and Charities to make decisions which will have long term impacts on their congregations, communities and beneficiaries.

Our Christian values, by which we live and work, lead us to show genuine care and concern for our colleagues, customers and suppliers.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of handling commercial property transactions in the charity sector. An ability and willingness to market your services and those of the commercial property department and to be involved in firm-wide marketing initiatives will be important. You will need to be able to show an appreciation of the commercial aspects of commercial property transactions and the ability to work under pressure with limited supervision.

For more information please contact Simon Hale on 0115 922 1591 or email your CV to  

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a position at Ellis-Fermor & Negus, please send your CV, together with a covering email or letter to Martin Jessop, our Practice Manager.

If your application is not for one of our advertised roles then please include details, in your covering letter, outlining the type of role you are seeking.


Martin Jessop
Practice Manager
Ellis-Fermor & Negus
5 Market Place

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