From courtrooms to conference tables (and video calls - of course!) our Commercial Disputes team tackle our clients' most significant and complex cases, including those that threaten their very existence. Our clients rely on us because our lawyers' experience makes them formidable at every stage of a dispute and through every level of the courts.
We now have a new opportunity to join our highly successful Commercial Disputes team based in our central Bristol office (a 2 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads Station).
As a firm we have embraced hybrid working and this role can be carried out on a flexible basis whether part or full-time and with time working from home. Some collaborative team work will be based at our office hub so, whilst this team operates nationally, this role is best suited for somebody who sees our Bristol office as their 'home base'.
What is the role?
You'll be part of our national team who advise blue chip and FTSE organisation clients on contractual and corporate disputes. Disputes range from supply chain, IT disputes, breach of contracts and warranty claims through to fraud, misrepresentation, advice on directors duties and much more.
Our particular expertise lies in providing clear, practical solutions to high value and complex disputes. As a result we have developed dispute resolution specialisms including dispute avoidance, litigation, international arbitration, mediation and out of court settlements.
You'll experience a wide range of work across all our sectors including financial services, technology, retail, public services, private wealth, energy, transport and healthcare.
Working with the wider commercial disputes team across the country there will be plenty of opportunity for client contact and you'll be expected to build and maintain strong relationships with these contacts. Business development is important for all of our lawyers, and you will be able to contribute to the growth of the team by assisting with the organisation of client events, writing articles for our website and other marketing activities.
What does the ideal candidate look like?
We're keen to see applications from commercial disputes lawyers who can demonstrate strong experience of specialising in this area of law. You'll be a bright and resilient lawyer who is excited at the prospect of working in a busy and supportive environment.
Whatever your experience level, or background, you'll need excellent drafting skills, a sense of commercial pragmatism, a bright mind and a strong team ethos to help further develop the team's client base. You'll also need to be motivated to participate in business development that helps to raise the team's profile and network.
On a day to day basis you'll report to Stephen Dilley (Partner) – click here to view Stephen's profile on our web site.
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 19 US cities and seven 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 can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.
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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