NQ Solicitor - Commercial Litigation

Manchester, Greater Manchester
12 Jul 2021
10 Sep 2021
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE

Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East, we provide a full-service integrated offering.

Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.

We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.

While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.

Who we are

We are a global law firm that continues to grow in size, reputation and expertise.  As a result, we are looking to recruit a newly qualified solicitor to join our Commercial Litigation team in Manchester.  The role will provide exposure to an incredibly varied range of dispute resolution work of real importance, to include litigation, arbitration and ADR.  

We encourage our lawyers to think beyond the law and into the commercial by acquiring excellent technical expertise, client management and profile raising skills.  Our team's profile is increasing within the Manchester office and beyond, and we empower our Solicitors and Associates to take ownership over their marketing efforts.  If you can bring your ideas, experiences and expertise, we can give you an opportunity to succeed.

We know that the best solutions are found when you're collaborating which is why you will be well supported at partner level and by other fee-earners, not just in your immediate team but throughout the whole department. 

What you'll be doing

Your caseload will consist of a variety of commercial litigation matters, to include breach of commercial contracts, claims in tort, professional negligence and other areas of our specialisms.  We have specialist experience in contentious procurement matters, reputation management work, contentious insolvency, breach of confidence, directors' duties and post termination restrictions (where we often work closely with colleagues from our employment teams).  We are regularly involved in High Court litigation, arbitration and mediation/other forms of ADR. Your work will be very varied, and you will gain experience in all of the areas in which we operate.  And you will have real opportunities to progress. 

Specific aspects of your role will include:

  • Handling your own caseload (subject to supervision)
  • Assisting partners and senior solicitors with more substantial disputes
  • Meeting targets as agreed.  Managing files, time and billing efficiently and in a cost-effective manner
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures
  • Actively participating in marketing initiatives, including attending conferences, giving and assisting with presentations, writing articles and creating marketing materials
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships
  • Participating
  • Participating in firm-wide and departmental training sessions
  • Training and development of junior staff (where appropriate).  

What you'll need

The firm operates a Career Development Framework, a merits based and clearly defined career structure which sets out the competencies we expect of those at the solicitor grade, and beyond.  In particular, for this role we require:

  • Proven ability to take on responsibility and manage files, independently where appropriate
  • Strong client focus and a commitment to service delivery
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Flexibility and a can do attitude
  • A desire to manage and develop client relationships.
  • Excellent academic record;
  • Qualified Solicitor with a training seat in Commercial Litigation at NQ level;
  • Good team player.  

As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.

Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity and inclusion. All applications will be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role and will be treated equally irrespective of Ethnicity, Gender (including Trans and non-binary) Race, Disability, Religion and sexual orientation.

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