Solicitor (1-2 years PQE), Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation)

Location: Wimbledon/Guildford
Salary: £Competitive
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Louise Prynne
HR Co-ordinator

Overall purpose of the job:

  • Undertake fee earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the department.
  • To meet fee earning and other KPI targets
  • Ensure the successful development of the firm in line with the current published Business Plan
  • To handle all forms of dispute resolution for commercial and private clients, with an emphasis on commercial litigation.
  • To build and develop own case load and participate in the marketing of the department by active participation in networking, seminar provision etc.
  • To maintain and improve client care.
  • To work effectively with other departments.
  • To develop own specialist areas of work.

Key tasks, duties and quality standards:

  • To assist the department as a whole in meeting its fee earning targets by providing help regarding advice and assistance to clients of the department as well as other departments of the firm.
  • Conduct of matters on behalf of clients
  • Demonstrates consistent willingness to become involved in activities of the firm outside of those of normal working hours.
  • Is developing a client/referrer base.
  • Appreciates and identified opportunities to refer work to other departments.
  • Recognises the important of practice development and marketing and shows consistent willingness to become involved with some supervision/guidance.
  • Financial control with particular regard to cash-flow control through collection of monies on account and billing procedures.
  • To utilise the skills of any department Trainee and to assist with the Trainee’s training
  • Travelling to client meetings both in and outside the UK when required
  • Promoting good file management
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently without non fee-earner support
  • To ensure compliance with Lexcel and other regulatory procedures
  • To maintain and improve professional knowledge base including attainment of annual CPD points
  • To assist during the absence of other fee earners
  • Undertake other duties as from time to time required

Additional and/or different duties:

This job description is non exhaustive and the firm reserves the right to vary the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the firm’s business.

Person specification

Qualifications:

A good honours degree followed by LPC, training contract and PSC/or a good honours degree with CILEX to Fellow level, LPC and PSC and admitted by SRA as a solicitor.

Essential personal qualities and attributes:

  • Satisfactory level of competence in the chosen area of law and practice (and a sufficient understanding and awareness of all relevant areas of law as appropriate), but recognises the need to develop and learn.
  • Achieves targets set in respect of chargeable hours, fees, recovery rate, lock-up and non-chargeable time.
  • Is developing a client/referrer base.
  • Appreciates and identifies opportunities to refer work to other departments.
  • Demonstrates a consistent willingness to become involved in activities of the firm outside of those of normal work.
  • Recognises importance of practice development and willingness to become involved.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of, and alignment with, the values of the firm.
  • Demonstrates a high level of courtesy and respect in dealing with all colleagues and clients/key business introducers, etc.

Essential skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Sound training
  • Well-developed interpersonal, social and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Computer literate with an ability to develop its use in own functional area
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • A sound knowledge of your responsibilities as a solicitor including in the following areas:
    – Rules and principles of professional conduct
    – Client care
    – Conflicts of interest
    – Confidentiality
    – Relations with third parties
    – Relations with other solicitors
  • Regulatory and compliance procedures

Desirable skills, knowledge and abilities

  • Prior knowledge of Practice Evolve or other office management systems
  • Prior experience of Commercial Litigation

If you are interested, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@twmsolicitors.com

TWM Solicitors (www.twmsolicitors.com) is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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