Company Commercial Litigation
Newly Qualified – 1 Yr PQE
The Team undertakes a broad range of litigation work including Corporate litigation, Commercial litigation, Professional Negligence work, recoveries.
The successful candidate will work closely with the Partners and the Associate within the team.
The role is Swindon based, but the successful applicant should be willing to travel between all of the firm’s offices, to clients’ premises and to those of other parties when required.
To provide a first class service to Clients through effective handling of client files, under supervision as appropriate. Deal with post, email and telephone calls using initiative and good planning skills to progress matters in a timely and effective fashion.
Provide expert advice to clients in accordance with technical area of specialism; liaising with clients, colleagues/Client Partner and any relevant professionals in accordance with the Thrings expected behaviours and values.
A team player, building strong working relationships the direct team, the wider team and office teams. Supervise more junior members of the team. Provide a proactive and constructive input into the team’s strategy.
Comply with policies and practices including Risk, money laundering, the Firm’s office manual and regulatory requirements external to Thrings such as the SRA Code of Practice. Take responsibility for understanding these requirements, and promote the importance of these responsibilities to colleagues.
Understand and achieve targets such as chargeable hours and time recording, ensuring accurate records are maintained for both chargeable and non chargeable time. Complete billing and fee estimate tasks on time. Work proactively with the firm’s credit control team in relation to client payments, having a good understanding of write off and recovery rate requirements.
Plan and engage in targeted business development activities to obtain new clients for own team, and for other teams within Thrings. Build networks of client referrers, understand the market place both locally and regionally. Build a strong understanding of the other business areas and people within the firm for effective internal referrals.
Understanding and Learning
Take responsibility for achieving all forms of continuous professional development. Meets the SRA (or other relevant regulatory body) requirements, and ensure continued personal growth in the technical area of expertise to meet the teams strategic objectives. Take responsibility for the growth of others, sharing knowledge and accepting and giving feedback constructively.
Solicitor, Barrister, CILEX or equivalent
Experience and Knowledge
Experience in your training contract (or equivalent) with at least one litigation seat to include experience of/exposure to:
A good level of knowledge and understanding of general litigation and the CPR is required for this role.
Skills / Abilities
Planning and organising
Able to convert technical legal information into commercial advice
Able to give and receive feedback constructively
Able to business develop in own area of specialism
Numerate; able to understand budgets and targets and forecast working time
Good IT skills; adapts to information systems quickly; able to use case management systems effectively
Excellent literacy skills including drafting style, attention to detail, and accurate use of the English language
Behaviours / Attitude
Communication is clear and concise; listens well; adapts information to suit audience
Knows when to make decisions, and when to seek guidance
Takes accountability for all actions
Strong business acumen and commercial awareness
Takes an investigatory approach, knowing as much as possible about the client or task from the outset
Has a courteous, considerate and respectful approach to others, shows appreciation wherever it is due
Is a team player, whose personal ambition is expressed through team achievement
Has an open and honest approach including not being afraid to admit uncertainty or mistake
Seeks personal achievement, improvement and development at all levels and at all times
This job specification is not exhaustive; any task that is deemed suitable and relevant to the role may be required by the supervisor. This specification will be reviewed regularly and may be revised to suit the firm’s requirements.