Construction Disputes Lawyer

Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle or Southampton
12 Jul 2021
10 Sep 2021
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0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

This is an excellent opportunity to join our full service national Construction and Engineering team.  Following continued growth in client instructions, and in response to client demand, we are looking to grow our contentious construction team. 

This role is flexible in terms of hours and home working.  The team operates from our London, Newcastle, Leeds, Southampton, Bristol and Edinburgh offices, so the ability to work from one of these locations when necessary would be ideal for collaborative team working.

What does the team do?

With a number of talented lawyers, we provide the full range of dispute resolution and transactional advice.  We work closely with other teams to assist our clients in delivering a seamless service encompassing everything from large complex international infrastructure projects to domestic construction contracts.  Our work is varied and diverse providing specialist construction advice to an exciting and high profile list of clients.  Our clients include central government departments, many household name retailers, utility providers including water, oil and gas, Tier 1 and other large contractors and developers, housebuilders and social housing providers, universities and educational establishments, defence contractors, banks and insolvency practitioners.

The disputes we advise on arise out of a broad range of construction and engineering projects, including defending and bringing claims for delay disruption, loss and expense, defective workmanship materials and design to the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) and advising clients in relation to adjudications, arbitrations all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and insurance related issues.  

We would expect the candidates to have experience of defending and bringing proceedings in the TCC and under the Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes, adjudication, mediation and dispute avoidance and risk avoidance. All candidates can expect a varied caseload within a close knit team headed up by experienced and pro-active partners.

What experience are you looking for?

We're looking for you to bring at least two years' previous experience of working within construction disputes.

You'll need strong academic ability, a thorough approach to complex legal analysis with swift assimilation of complicated sets of facts.  Your written advice will be fluent and concise and your high level of commerciality will enable you to address the client's overall objectives. Strong interpersonal skills will give you the ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with the different interests of our clients.

As important however will be the ability to work with and alongside a range of colleagues, across locations, as most of the projects we deal with involve multi-disciplinary teams. This is an exciting time to join this team and the role offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn from the best, to develop a career in a growing specialism, and to be mentored and supervised in a supportive environment.

Who are we?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 18 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that become lasting friendships.  In addition, through our D&I practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our D&I page to find out more.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

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