All Locations
Newcastle
Team
Litigation North
Salary Details:
Dependant on experience
Contract Type:
Permanent
Full Time or Part Time?
Full Time

About your new role

Our Litigation team is experienced in handling all kinds of disputes. We act on behalf of large corporates, owner managed businesses, public bodies, insurers, regulatory bodies, and private individuals. Members of all levels of qualification across the team regularly deal with complex, high profile, and sensitive issues across a broad range of litigation with far reaching implications. The team and many within it are recognised in both Chambers and Legal 500.

The Litigation team undertakes a broad range of substantial, challenging work, largely of a contentious nature. You will be required to support the lead partners and senior fee earners on a variety of commercial litigation disputes and independently where appropriate.

You will be provided with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of cases including contractual disputes, corporate disputes, professional negligence, breach of warranty claims and a general broad mix of commercial litigation work. You will be expected to:

  • Achieve set financial and chargeable targets KPIs
  • Ensure case management records are maintained
  • Take an active role in business development initiatives including training and networking
  • Assist other lawyers in the team with their work as required including supporting lead advisers and the supervision of more junior lawyers
  • Train, supervise and develop junior team members
  • Produce monthly and ad-hoc client MI reports

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role. You will also ensure that you comply with the relevant Weightmans and client policies and procedures, and consistently work in accordance with our values.

About You

You will be a qualified solicitor, with 5 years+ PQE, and you will have experience of handling a broad mix of commercial litigation disputes. As the role is varied, we are looking for you to have a flexible approach to the work you do and be able to adapt to different tasks. We also require you to have/be:

  • Experience of managing own caseload with limited supervision, depending upon the case and the issues involved
  • An effective communicator
  • A high level of commercial awareness
  • Conscientious, self-motivated, hardworking, responsive, with critical thinking abilities and excellent communication, organisation and analytical skills
  • A methodical, organised approach
  • Passionate about growth, generating work opportunities both internally and externally
  • Passionate about operational excellence generating work opportunities through great service delivery and improving the client experience
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines, tight timetables, targets and client protocols while maintaining high standards in terms of accuracy and quality
  • Excellent attention to detail and concentration
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills

If you meet our criteria and think this is a job where you could bring enthusiasm and commitment, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.

Why work for us

Weightmans is a Top 40 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer and 9th overall employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2022 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK.

We are proud to be an accredited living wage employer.


The independent research showed "Weightmans provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation."

We are truly committed to fostering a culture of equality and diversity, where everyone in the firm is respected and recognised on merit for the work that they do.

We strongly encourage applications from people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and disabilities. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustment at any stage of the application process.

Please feel free to note your preferred pronouns in your application.

Work for a firm where people matter – work for Weightmans.

As well as being immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people we offer a wide range of benefits including;

  • 28 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part time)
  • Agile / working from home including provision of home office equipment*
  • Healthcare cover/ Medicash
  • Pension plan
  • Life Insurance 4 x salary
  • Interest free travel loan scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme including counselling, legal and consumer advice service
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Discounted dental scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Offers & discounts
  • Great reward and recognition scheme

*there are a small number of roles that cannot be performed from home, your Recruitment Adviser can confirm.

Please note

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.
  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.
  • We are open to part time/job share applicants.


Recruitment agencies (PSL /non-PSL)

Weightmans operates a strict 'preferred supplier list' (PSL) and is committed to working closely with the recruitment agencies that feature on that list. As such, Weightmans does not accept speculative or unsolicited CVs, profiles or any other introductions from both our PSL and non-PSL agencies.  If a PSL or non-PSL agency chooses to submit a speculative or unsolicited CV, profile or introduction without instruction from a member of Weightmans’ recruitment team, we will reserve the right to treat the introduction as a gift and contact the candidate directly without accepting or entering into the agency’s terms nor being liable for a recruitment fee.

Eligibility to work in the UK

Eligibility to work in the UK will be verified in the final stages of the selection process. All candidates must either already have a right to work in the UK before commencing employment, or meet the Home office criteria for Visa sponsorship. Candidates who require sponsorship should evaluate the Home Office eligibility criteria for a Skilled Worker visa before applying.

 

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