In-house Advocate - Legal
LOCATION: LEONARD HOUSE
· To be responsible for the provision of advocacy arising from cases within the legal departments.
· To be able to provide advice to legal advisers and managers on the best format to present cases at Court.
· To assist in developing appropriate processes and documentation for the case management system in relation to representation at Court.
· To identify cases where commercially it would be tactically advantageous to settle or proceed to a final hearing.
· Keep up to date with all industry changes including case law, legislation and other matters of relevance.
· To progress your caseload in a manner to ensure that clients receive appropriate, professional, timely and pertinent legal advice, with regular contact,managing their expectations.
· Take a practical but commercial approach to settlements and advising clients as to litigation/cost risks.
· To achieve and exceed various targets set in relation to, for example, profit costs and issuing, without compromising the firm’s integrity.
· To liaise appropriately and timely with sources, medical agencies, experts, third party insurers and other relevant parties to ensure that cases are pro-actively progressed.
· Perform to a high level in a target orientated environment.
· To provide guidance on technical issues involving quantum, liability and litigation to other members of the Legal Departments.
· To highlight any potential risks to management.
· To undertake any other tasks as deemed relevant and reasonable by the business.
Key Performance Indicators
The following KPIs will apply; this list is not exhaustive and may change as the role develops:
• Appropriate outcomes at Court for the firm and the client
• Fee Income and profit costs
• Litigation rates
• Average case turnaround
• Settlement rates
• Cases closed without profit, with disbursement expenditure and write offs
• Client retention
• Compliance with SLAs and audit requirements
· Solicitor or Member/Fellow of CILEx, or working to achieve the same within 18 months of appointment
· A solid working knowledge of the CPR, legislation and relevant case law.
· Excellent advocate and litigator with strong drafting skills and the ability to recognise issues as they arise and provide commercial sound solutions.
· Team player and acts as a role model to colleagues, working to achieve business and team goals.
· Excellent research and problem solving skills with the ability to convey complex legal and factual issues to a variety of audiences.
· Ability to provide clear direction and advice and be accountable for advice provided
· Competent working with a case management system and good knowledge of MS Office.
· At least 2 years’ experience of undertaking advocacy on a regular basis.
· Having undertaken the BVC or have Higher Rights of Audience
· Strong communication skills and ability to lead by example.
· Experience of undertaking Stage 3 and Infant Approval Hearings.
· Maintain a positive attitude, self-motivated and uses own initiative in problem solving.
· Resilient under pressure - able to deal with a fast paced changing environment whilst still achieving objectives.
To seek opportunities to develop your own experience, as well as attend any training provided by the firm. Members/Fellows of CILEx must ensure that they complete all relevant CPD requirements. If not already applicable to gain appropriate rights of audience to be able to represent the firm before the Judiciary at all levels.
There is the opportunity for high performing individuals to move into different departments across the business to expand their knowledge and experience, and develop a career with Carpenters. To do so you must excel in your current role and show commitment and dedication to it, as well as an enthusiasm to develop further