Contentious Construction Associate

London (Central), London (Greater)
13 Feb 2018
29 Mar 2018
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

The department


Dentons is the largest energy practice in the world according to industry ranking by Law360 and is the UK law firm most consistently ranked in Tier 1 in Chambers and the Legal 500 for Energy since records began over 15 years ago.  We pride ourselves on understanding the energy industry, and realising the opportunities within traditional sectors as well as new technologies. Upstream or downstream, from exploration and generation to marketing and retail, Dentons provide innovative advice and insight from a global perspective. We help equip businesses with effective solutions across the energy sector, from transactional and regulatory advice to political guidance and dispute resolution.


Our Infrastructure practice is one of the largest and most experienced of any international law firm.  It combines a deep and current legal expertise with sophisticated marketplace knowledge and industry expertise. We regularly act for project companies, developers, banks, investors, multilateral agencies, contractors, governments and other public sector bodies.  We are active in all infrastructure sectors across the globe, and regularly act on rail, airports, health, education, roads, bridges and tunnels, prisons, public buildings, housing, water, wastewater, waste, defence and information technology projects.

Purpose of role


Our top-ranked engineering and construction team works on building, engineering, utilities, transportation, infrastructure and real estate development projects, and associated dispute resolution.

The Dentons' construction team, is part of the Energy Transport & Infrastructure department, which in turn sits at the heart of the broader firm.

Over the past five years, this team has flourished and is regularly instructed on top tier work.

The team is instructed on a range of international disputes, currently including matters across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.  Clients range from blue chip corporate names, developers, contractors and financial institutions.


The caseload will include: Adjudication, Litigation, Arbitration (Domestic and International), Mediation and other types of ADR.

You will be expected to support the partners and the senior associates in the team. In addition, as you develop your skills you will be expected to take a significant role on cases. This would involve  your  acting as the main day to day point of contact for clients, counsel and experts. Where appropriate,  you will have responsibility for managing and supervising the more junior members of the team. The culture of the team involves all team members both taking on and accepting responsibility and authority for the matters which they are involved in.

There will be opportunities for you to contribute to the team's  business development activities. As part of your continued development, you will also prepare and deliver training (internal and for clients), write articles and seminar presentations.

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • You will ideally have 3-5 years, post qualification contentious construction experience; however, we will consider all candidates with suitable skills and knowledge

  • You will have trained with a recognised firm and will have had exposure to contentious construction matters

  • Build and maintain client relationships

  • Contribute to business development

  • Contribute to thought leadership and raise the profile of the firm externally

Technical Skills

  • Strong academic record, including a degree or equivalent

  • Ability to work with a degree of independence

  • Exceptional drafting skills and legal research ability

Personal attributes

  • Is dedicated to exceptional client service

  • Excellent business development ability and demonstrates market focus

  • Strong financial and business awareness

  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills

  • Shows strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.

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