Associate - Construction Litigation

Exeter, Birmingham or Manchester
05 Aug 2021
04 Oct 2021
Role Classification
Practice Area
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs 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

Construction is core to what we do and our team enjoys a formidable reputation across the industry.  Our work focuses on UK contentious construction matters which is broad scope and sees us acting for both private and public sector developers. Our experience extends across all the major contract forms (JCT, NEC, ICE, FIDIC, PPC and GC Works) as well as PFI and bespoke contracts.

Where you'll work

As part of a dedicated 23 strong national contentious construction department you can expect to work alongside colleagues on work which is being led out of all of our UK offices as well as, working closely with our London real estate practice in advising developers, major international and domestic contractors, consultants and public sector bodies such as central and local government, and social housing providers.  As a result of growth the department are now seeking an Associate at 3-5 years' PQE to join the national team although primarily focused on assisting the London team and to be based in any of our regional offices: Birmingham, Exeter or Manchester.

What you'll be doing

  • Alternative dispute resolution, including adjudication, mediation, the resolution of claims under the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes and litigation
  • Dispute avoidance and risk management
  • Contractual interpretation
  • Professional negligence
  • Domestic projects in the main but with the opportunity to become involved in international matters
  • Play an active role in business development and work to raise the firm's profile and help win new business
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in other offices and other practice areas, and  travel as required
  • Participate  in firm-wide and departmental training sessions 
  • Initiate, build and maintain effective client relationships
  • Ensure files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures

What you'll need

The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at Associate level. In particular for this role we require:

  • Drive, enthusiasm and vision
  • Proven ability to manage files
  • Flexibility and can-do approach
  • Excellent communication skills with a collaborative approach
  • Demonstrable passion for business development
  • Knowledge of JCT, FIDIC and NEC
  • Qualified solicitor with at least 3 – 5  years' post qualification  experience in construction litigation which can be in a mixed practice role
  • Particular interest in  a contentious construction practice
  • Excellent academics and training.

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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