Born from a desire to approach the industry from a different perspective, our client is looking to hire leading legal professionals to join their onward journey of growth & success.

We have a requirement for an experienced Litigation Solicitor to join a dynamic team.

Job Purpose:
•To manage the overall caseload for the Small Claims Litigation Department
•To execute the vision for the Company insuring the Department meets organisation needs and targets
•To be continually engaged in leading and inspiring the Department in developing and documenting best practices in the performance of all duties and responsibilities
•To work in accordance with all compliance guidelines including SRA, Litigation Pre-Action Protocols and the Civil Procedure Rules

Main Duties Include:
•Developing and maintaining good working relationships with new and existing clients and external institutions
•Developing and growing the Department and being actively involved in business development
•Managing a litigation workload in respect of consumer unfair relationships
•Advising on and taking overall responsibility for all litigation matters
•Conducting alternative dispute resolution and advocacy where appropriate
•Drafting pre-action letters, client correspondence, court documents and instructions to Counsel
•Issuing claims through the County Court and completing all tasks necessary to conclude the case once court proceedings have commenced
•Managing and monitoring cases through the enforcement process ensuring that all activities are completed in the required timelines and conform to court rules
•Solving complex problems in relation to law, negotiations, handling of client expectations and case management
•Proactively managing your own and the Department’s caseload to deliver the financial, client and operational targets set by the Managing Partner
•Undertaking effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues
•Ensuring that targets for professional quality, client satisfactions and timeliness are met
•Undertaking periodic reviews of the Department’s files in line with client requirements
•Effectively deal with complaints through agreed handling processes
•Producing regular reports for the Managing Partner relating to the Department’s caseload including case analysis, concerns and outstanding issues
•Implementing any recommendations made by the Managing Partner following monthly file reviews ensuring that these are dealt with promptly
•Understanding and exercising the obligations relating to clients’ monies and ensuring that fee earning work and billing complies with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules and with the Employer’s financial guidelines and limits
•Using effective financial controls with particular regard to accurate preparation of invoices and the effective collection of monies on account
•Maintaining accurate records on the Employer’s bespoke IT systems, specifically the case management and billing systems
•Attending internal and external training as and when required
•Conducting legal research to ensure that your knowledge is up to date and to support the development of the Department

Management Duties Include:
•Taking the lead and co-ordinating the work of the Department, role modelling leadership behaviours and providing effective performance management through regular supervision, development, support and mentoring
•Monitoring the caseload/workload of the Department, distributing files or tasks and dealing with capacity planning
•Continuously improving the quality of work in the Department, conducting audits and giving feedback to individuals
•Communicate the business objectives and commercial goals to the Department and create an ethos of involvement
•Maximising the personal development of individuals and identifying training needs
•Monitoring individual and Department performance against Key Performance Indicators
•Providing an ‘environment’ where everyone within the Department feels motivated
•Coordinate, attend, and lead team meetings

General Duties and Responsibilities:
•Ensuring all documents are handled in accordance to the Employer’s Data Protection, Scan and Destroy Procedures
•Ensuring confidentiality and security of all documentation and information you have access to
•Adhering to all compliance guidelines, including but not limited to, Data Protection, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Litigation Pre-Action Protocols and the Civil Procedure Rules
•Pro-actively co-operate with other departmental teams to support the smooth running of the Employer’s business
•Identifying system problems and suggesting improvements
•Complying with the Health and Safety Policy and Procedures at all times
•Abiding by the Policies and Procedures as set out in the Staff Handbook for the Employer
•Undertaking any other tasks/duties as may be reasonably required by the Employer

Key Skills:
•2:1 or higher Law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law
•Litigation experience
•Current practising certificate (or entitlement to obtain one) from the Law Society
•Experience of managing own caseload effectively, particularly in a pressurised environment
•The ability to understand and assimilate information quickly and make sound reasoned decisions in relation to matters of law
•Excellent legal drafting skills to produce accurate, concise and compliant documents within the litigation process
•Confidence during Court hearings or mediation sessions and ability to demonstrate clear and articulate communication skills
•Excellent tactical and negotiation skills
•Effective time management skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines
•A genuine desire and ability to lead on and deliver innovative legal solutions
•A natural networker and entrepreneurial flare with a desire to sell a full range of legal services
•An ability to develop a strong profile in the market through networking, marketing and public speaking
•A great team player, with strong interpersonal and communication skills, an excellent delegator and supervisor who actively develops junior team members
•A professional attitude when working with colleagues, senior management, experts and clients
•Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively as a team player
•Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive matters
•Computer literate in word and excel
•Experience using Proclaim Eclipse, not essential but would be an advantage

Rate of Pay

£28,000.00 – £40,000.00 per year

Job ID – J1979

  • Temporary

Job Spec

Reference J1979
Job Type Temporary
Sector Legal
Location Stockton-On-Tees,Cleveland,UK,TS16
Salary £28,000.00 - £40,000.00 per year
Contact Laura Claughan
Phone 01325 77 85 35
Email laura@whurk.co.uk
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