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10 months ago
Location: Manchester
Job type: Permanent
Category: Paralegal Jobs
Role profile:
Role Profile Level 1

Not applicable


Working hours:
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm)

Litigation, Transaction and Advisory


Planning and Construction


The Firm

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards and achieved several top rankings in Chambers UK 2016, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.

The Department

The Planning and Construction team is part of our national Real Estate sector and it is a nationally recognised practice providing a complete range of legal and advisory services on all aspects Planning and Construction, as summarised below:

Planning: Providing strategic advice, regularly undertaking legal audits of large applications and environmental statements to de-risk major projects and maximise the prospects of obtaining consent. Routinely negotiating high value and complex planning and highways agreements and deals with associated highways and rights of way issues. The planning team has acted on major infrastructure and residential development schemes, compulsory purchase orders and judicial reviews.

Construction: Advising on construction risk management from procurement to completion (projects and dispute management across a broad range of sectors). The team (1) acts for both private and public sector clients and clients including developers, healthcare providers, main contractors, utilities, transport authorities, education institutions, consultants and sub-contractors and (2) works in the following sectors: Commercial Development; PRS; Student Accommodation; Transport; Education; Health; Utilities; Energy; Investment. From a non contentious perspective, the Construction team drafts and negotiates on all the major standard forms of contract, including JCT and NEC3. From a contentious (disputes) perspective the construction team is experienced in all forms of construction dispute resolution, including adjudication, arbitration, proceedings in the TCC, mediation and expert determination.

This vacancy is in The Planning and Construction Team of Manchester Real Estate.

The role

To manage a caseload and assist other case handlers with their caseloads of Planning and Construction (contentious predominantly and non-contentious when required), working on behalf of the types of client referred to in the “Department” section above.

Main duties and responsibilities


Manage a caseload of construction work, predominantly contentious


Assist other members of the team with their caseloads of Planning and Construction work (contentious and non contentious)


Draft (and/or assist with drafting) contracts, agreements, planning applications, correspondence, pleadings, witness statements, instructions to counsel, attendance notes (without limitation)


Advise and assist clients with disputes and risk management


Advise and assist clients with dispute resolution including (among other) adjudication and mediation.


Carry out other case handling advice and duties


Work with the members of the existing Planning and Construction team to develop client relationships and business opportunities


Achieve set financial and chargeable targets KPIs


Ensure relevant deadlines and quality measures are adhered to


Comply with relevant Weightmans and client policies and procedures


Work in accordance with Weightmans’ and the client’s values

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will have other duties and responsibilities that fall within the remit of the role


The person specification


Experience of handling a caseload of a contentious nature (e.g. construction or commercial litigation work


Preferably experience of a large regional practice


Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets


Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative


Flexible approach

Other Information

Please note:

* The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.

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