Manchester, Greater Manchester
Competitive Package + Benefits
16 Feb 2018
16 Mar 2018
Sector/Practice Area
Dispute Resolution
Vacancy Type
7+ years

We are a national law firm offering a unique collection of specialisms across the commercial, public, health and insurance sectors, with offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham. We have
long-standing relationships with an impressive range of clients and aim to truly understand their needs to deliver an exceptional service which exceeds their expectations and makes their life easier.

Purpose of the role
The role is within the Commercial Dispute Resolution team, which itself is part of the Business and Professional Risk department of the firm. The team works for numerous well-known local, national and international businesses in the private sector; a broad range of clients in the public sector including
healthcare, education and local/central government; and leading national and foreign Insolvency Practitioners. The team as a whole has experienced significant growth in the last few years and consistently attracts work of a high calibre, value and complexity. In the East Midlands it is ranked number 1 in Legal 500 for both its commercial litigation and insolvency work.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a successful cross-office team, to experience high quality national and international work, and be involved with various business developments opportunities. The post
requires the candidate to have a good working relationship with others in the team and with lawyers in other areas of the firm.

We are looking to recruit an associate solicitor to assist with the conduct of a range of commercial litigation and insolvency matters, who is able to conduct their own caseload with minimum partner supervision and to supervise more junior team members on less complex matters.

The candidate will be expected to take on responsibility from the outset but will form an integral part of the team with the necessary supervision, training and support to maximise his/her potential.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate a level of competence commensurate with at least seven
years’ experience in:

  • advising commercial clients in both the public and private sectors on a range of contractual and tortious disputes, ranging from breach of contract, misrepresentation and warranty claims through to enforcement of restrictive covenants via injunctive relief
  • conducting High Court and County Court proceedings on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants
  • it would also be helpful, but not essential, for the candidate to have some experience in contentious
  • insolvency matters, including issues and claims arising out of bankruptcies, liquidations and administrations.
  • familiarity with the Civil Procedure Rules including the effective use of interim procedures including Injunctions
  • drafting pleadings, Instructions to Counsel, witness statements and letters of advice and all aspects of preparation for trial
  • contributing towards marketing efforts and other non-chargeable projects of the department, including assisting in the preparation of and /or speaking at seminars, drafting training programmes, keeping precedents up-to date and contributing to client bulletins

Solicitors are expected to record around 6 chargeable hours per day.

Technical skills

  • Strong academic background
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and experience of relevant case management systems
  • Familiarity with online and library research facilities
  • Attention to detail with the ability to advise clients on complex technical aspects of process and procedure


  • You will be expected to be familiar and compliant with the full range of regulatory policies and procedures including: equal opportunity and diversity, data protection and confidentiality/security, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering etc.
  • You will also be required to undertake mandatory compliance training as required

Person specification
As part of the commercial dispute resolution team, you would be expected to have the following skills and experience:

  • an enquiring mind and a willingness to accept new challenges; you will be expected to keep up-todate with legal developments
  • the ability to conduct own caseload of increasingly complex matters and work alongside other members of the team/firm
  • commercial awareness and able to manage own time effectively
  • the ability to provide and communicate practical, commercial advice in a straightforward manner and maintain professional relationships with senior client contacts and colleagues
  • the ability to assimilate facts quickly and work towards tight timescales
  • demonstrable experience of playing a quasi-partner role when handling client matters
  • the ability to supervise effectively, and help in the development of, more junior lawyers in the team (paralegals, trainees, non-associate solicitors)
  • a willingness to attend marketing and social events organised by the firm or its clients or professional organisations
  • the ability to demonstrate the development and nurturing of client relationships both individually and as part of a wider client service team
  • attention to detail tempered by a common-sense approach
  • the ability to generate and follow through on ideas for improving service to clients

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