Commercial Litigation NQ - Belfast

Pinsent Masons
Belfast (City/Town)
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE
Role Classification
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Job Description



Our Risk Advisory Services team is expanding, and we are now looking for a newly qualified lawyer to join our Commercial Litigation & Regulatory team in Belfast.


Our litigation & regulatory team has a national and international market-leading reputation in corporate/company, contractual, commercial, trusts and regulatory disputes.  .  Our Belfast team act for household names and in cases at the forefront of legal changes.

The Team

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP's 'fantastic' team is experienced in acting in breach of contract cases and product liability claims concerning the financial services, construction, energy and manufacturing sectors. Insolvency and employment litigation are two other areas of expertise. The team has acted before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and has additional strength in mediation, where the team is ‘at the forefront of this work, including handling wholly online mediations’. David Kirkpatrick, who has notable expertise in contractual, energy, and partnership and shareholder disputes, leads the team. Laura Gillespie is known for her experience in supporting clients in manging disputes, to include regulatory enforcement.  Laura is part of a specialised cyber response team.

Key Clients include

  • Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Limited
  • Frylite Limited

What Our Clients Say

‘The team is fantastic to work with, the level of communication is outstanding and nothing is too much to ask for. I find the breakdown of options to proceed far superior to other firms we use whereby the options are broken down into costs, time and feasible outcome.’

‘Pinsent Masons provide excellent service in a wide variety of commercial litigation. They have the resources to deal effectively with major commercial cases, including class actions, but they also provide a very effective service for less valuable cases. As the restrictions due to Covid have limited or delayed court hearings, the availability of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation, has been very important. Pinsent Masons have been at the forefront of this work, including handling wholly online mediations.’

‘At partner level, David Kirkpatrick has been a very effective organiser and administrator. He has also been very successful in getting complex cases resolved through alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. His analysis of complex issues is first class.’ Legal 500

Work highlights

  • Advised Dunnes Stores on a leasing dispute with its landlord, securing success in the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Frylite Limited in relation to proceedings for breach of contract against a former employee, who is alleged to have covertly run a competing business whilst employed.
  • Acting for F&B business in responding to a ransomware event, advising on notification requirements in the UK and Europe and co-ordinating investigation team.

The Candidate Required

We are now looking to appoint an ambitious newly qualified lawyer who wishes to advance their commercial litigation & regulatory abilities and knowledge at a top tier international law practice.

The successful applicant will:

  • ideally have gained experience in a large commercial firm and have completed a seat in Commercial Litigation
  • have a strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills
  • be a team player with the ability to forge strong working relationships with colleagues in an agile environment
  • be well-organised and have good project management skills

What will we offer you?

  • We are a market leading, dynamic and growing global team who work together to produce outstanding results for our clients.
  • We invest in our team and have a first-class training and career development programme, career discussions and appraisals. Our training reflects our position as a market leader in communications and sourcing. Our training will assist you to develop as a specialist with valuable sector knowledge and the ability to deliver "best of breed" services.
  • Early responsibility and opportunities to develop client relationships.
  • A starting salary of £40k (effective from September 2022) and benefits package including a generous bonus scheme

Please note we only accept applications made via our recruitment portal. Should you require further details, please contact our in-house Lateral Recruitment Advisor Steffy Lam who can discuss the role and requirements.

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At Pinsent Masons we value diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating a better workplace where all our talent can succeed and feel like they belong. We want to attract, retain and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/ long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate.


Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 employees operating from 27 locations throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.  We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate. Our global reach ensures that we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines. The firm has significant multinational credentials in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.

We champion change and promote progress to make business work better for people. Pinsent Masons has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish.

We stand out for our innovative approach to service delivery and believe that innovation flourishes in a diverse workforce. We are proud that in the same financial year Pinsent Masons was recognised as law firm of the year at the Legal Business Awards, we were also named the top employer for LGBT people by Stonewall, one of the top fifty employers for women and ranked 21st out of 700 companies by the Financial Times in their Diversity Leaders list. 

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