Our long-established but progressive client law firm based in Hertford is now seeking a Commercial Litigation Solicitor to join their General Litigation Dept. Their fee earners are all specialists and act for a wide range of commercial, private and public sector clients. They are ranked in Chambers and Legal 500 and accredited as an Investor In People (Gold Award) and hold Lexcel, CQS and WIQS accreditation. Their Litigation practice area has a strong reputation both locally and further afield. Their aim is to recruit progressive, forward thinking individuals who wish to be part of their growth and who share the same core values.
As a result of planned expansion, the purpose of the role is to take on an existing caseload as well as develop relationships with new clients and to be actively involved in business development. The successful candidate will work alongside the commercial litigation partner, 3 solicitors and support staff. The appointment will be between 5-10 years PQE level with generalist commercial litigation experience.
The role is a dispute resolution specialist role spanning all contentious aspects of commercial litigation and some civil litigation (but not personal injury). Typical work areas include general breach of contract including sale of goods, theft of confidential information, shareholder and partnership disputes. The successful applicant will report to the Head of the Commercial Litigation Practice Area.
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to the caseload the successful candidate will be expected to be actively involved in all aspects of business development including presenting of seminars, writing articles and blogs and networking within the local business community and with key referrers.
Person Specification Education/Qualifications
A qualified and practising Solicitor with 5-10 years PQE in commercial litigation
Strong academic record
Full time position
Knowledge and Experience
A sound knowledge and practical experience of dispute resolution work is essential. We are looking for someone who is already a commercial litigation specialist.
Experience of and a real interest in business development is essential
Knowledge of construction and insolvency work is desirable but not essential
Abilities & Skills
Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular an ability to develop a relationship of trust with clients and colleagues alike
Ability to draft letters and documents to a high standard and with attention to detail
The ability to produce statements of case, witness statements and court notices with the need to rely on counsel only in complex matters
Appear in less complex county court matters such as interlocutory applications, case management conferences and small claims track trials without assistance of counsel
Execute search orders with Supervising Solicitors
Present seminars and workshops on topics within your area of practice to existing and prospective clients
Ability to meet and exceed time recording and financial targets
Participate in the firm's internal meetings as appropriate
Strong organisational skills
Strong verbal communicator
Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding of clients' needs
Ability to use initiative to seek opportunities to raise the firm's profile and to recognise new business opportunities
Ability to deal with a large volume of work, managing conflicting priorities whilst ensuring that every job is handled with the highest levels of accuracy and care
Good advocacy skills and a willingness to improve them if needed
An effective team player, combined with an ability to work under own initiative
Well-developed IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
A team player who is looking for a long term future with a progressive, well regarded firm
Driving licence and access to own car
Willing to work long hours when necessary
Hours: 9-5.15 Mon – Thurs – 9-5pm Fri : Start Date: ASAP Salary : £Attractive + Pension ,
Health/ Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays.
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