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Construction NQ

Employer
Michelmores
Location
Bristol, Cheltenham or Exeter
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Permanent
Practice Area
Construction, Contentious Construction
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE
Role Classification
Lawyer

Job Details

Are you keen to find an exciting new role where you will be part of a dynamic, forward-thinking, agile team? If so, come and join us on the journey.

Why Michelmores? Michelmores is the destination law firm for the ambitious, the imaginative and the distinctive. We help enterprises and individuals navigate change to find a positive future.

We are a flexible, friendly and inclusive organisation with as clear a focus on fresh thinking as we have on growth and success. We value and nurture our people’s potential and inspiration and give them a creative, open and collaborative environment in which to develop a career and succeed.

Wherever you have begun your career in law, we think that you’ll find Michelmores different. From day one, we encourage our solicitors to forge direct client relationships and expand their understanding and knowledge of areas that interest them— developing an understanding of commercial challenges and opportunities, rather than just knowing the law. We nurture creative and commercial thinking to help in your long-term career success – it mirrors our approach to ensuring the very best outcomes for our clients too.

Our Newly Qualified (NQ) training programme focuses on supporting colleagues transition to a NQ solicitor. The programme is designed to cover a range of topics including career development and financial training as well as build networks and facilitate collaboration, creating a real sense of togetherness across our NQ group to develop your career with the Firm.

What sort of work? Right now, our highly regarded Construction team is looking for a Solicitor to join them.

In this role you will undertake primarily contentious work, although we would expect a successful candidate to be willing and able to undertake transactional work too.

Working alongside Partners Anna Wood and Ashley Pigott and Senior Associates across the team, you will act for both public and private sector clients across the construction supply chain, primarily on the employer/client side. Your files will relate to high value and often high profile regional and national developments across a broad range of sectors including health, education, commercial, infrastructure, agriculture and renewables.

The role provides a varied workload including:

  • Attending meetings, site visits and hearings with clients, experts and Counsel
  • Drafting and negotiating professional appointments, building contracts and ancillary documents
  • Working with our corporate, transactional real estate and projects teams on cross-practice projects

Dispute resolution work including pre-action, litigation, arbitration, adjudication and settlement discussions (including mediation), which will include tasks such as:

  • Preparing advice
  • Drafting correspondence to third parties
  • Working on instructions to Counsel and Experts
  • Marshalling evidence (including disclosure, bundles)
  • Dealing with Court applications

The role will encompass a range of work within these areas depending on the team's day-to-day needs, your enthusiasm and experience.

Why this team? Our experienced Construction and Engineering practice advises regional, national and international clients on a wide range of issues across the supply chain providing first rate and solutions driven advice at all stages from the outset of a project through procurement and beyond. Clients include owners and occupiers, developers, main contractors, project managers, members of the professional design team, funders and public sector authorities, at both local and central government level.

On the transactional side, the practice complements the work of the Firm’s Commercial Development and Projects teams, particularly in relation to its developer and public sector clients, advising on the complexities of multi-million pound multi-stakeholder procurement on prestigious regional and national projects.

The team has significant experience in construction dispute resolution and your contentious workload will typically include both employer and contractor-side cases, whether in adjudication, Pre-Action Protocol, TCC or arbitration proceedings.

How do we work? We take a flexible, agile approach to working patterns. As a team we agree together on the best working arrangements that will enable each of us to provide exceptional client service, to collaborate and connect with colleagues, and to achieve the right home/work balance. Most people in the team choose to work at least half their working week in the office, with the balance of time spent working from home. We pride ourselves on our high-performance culture whilst offering a good work/life balance.

As a Firm we are committed to supporting our people across all levels to achieve the balance they need. We are open to talk flexible working and to empower any candidate to put forward a flexible working pattern to meet their needs.

Who are we looking for? We are looking for somebody who will understand our values and thrive in our culture. The role will be based in our Exeter, Cheltenham or Bristol office and the ideal candidate will have:

  • Undertaken a trainee seat in Construction (with experience in both contentious and transactional construction work).
  • Exhibit high levels of client service (both to internal and external clients).
  • A genuine interest in promoting business development opportunities.

Other skills required include:

  • A commercial, creative and 'Can do' approach to work and an ability to provide clients with solutions.
  • An interest in and an ability to quickly understand the client's business is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; effective communicator at all levels (written and verbal).
  • Enthusiastic, friendly team player.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and deadlines in a flexible and proactive way.
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality and use of tact and discretion.
  • Excellent work ethic, committed to working towards goals with enthusiasm and career commitment and on-going learning and development.

This is a great opportunity to join a Firm which believes potential, inspiration, and teamwork should be valued and nurtured.

We work hard to create and sustain an open and collaborative environment. We embrace change and constantly evolve to meet our people’s diverse needs, in the same way that we help our clients to navigate and stay ahead of developments, to move forward together.

Next Steps To apply please click below or if you would like to talk to someone about the role, please call Lisa Gater, Recruitment Business Partner, on 07355677986.

Michelmores LLP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

We do not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, marital status, age, religion, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation in the selection, recruitment and treatment of our staff.

View our Inclusion and Belonging pages for more information.

*No agencies please – any agency assistance will be via invitation only. Please note any speculative candidates submitted via agencies without invitation will not be considered as represented by that agent.

Company

Michelmores is the law firm for the ambitious, the imaginative and the distinctive. We always strive to be different, to behave differently, to be more open, more human. We do exceptional work, for forward-thinking clients.

At Michelmores, we’ve always believed that potential, inspiration, and teamwork should be valued and nurtured.

We work hard to create and sustain an open and collaborative environment. We embrace change and constantly evolve to meet our people’s diverse needs, in the same way that we help our clients to navigate and stay ahead of developments to move forward together.

We are a flexible, friendly and inclusive organisation with as clear a focus on fresh thinking as we have on growth and success.

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