All Locations
Newcastle
Team
Planning and Construction
Salary Details:
Up to £65,000 depending on experience
Contract Type:
Permanent
Full Time or Part Time?
Full Time

About your new role

 Forming part of our Real Estate Department the Construction team is a nationally recognised practice providing a complete range of legal and advisory services on all aspects of Construction law.

This role is an opportunity to join an innovative and high performing, busy team in a client facing role. Our focus is on delivering a first-class client service. We are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people. This is a real opportunity for you to make your mark in a team and drive forward your career.

We advise on construction risk management from procurement to completion (projects and dispute management across a broad range of sectors).  The team acts for private and public sector clients including investors, funders, developers, healthcare providers, education institutions, transport authorities, main contractors, sub-contractors and consultants. We act across a wide range of sectors with clients involved in commercial development, PRS, student accommodation, local government, transport, education, health, utilities, energy and investment. From a non-contentious perspective, the Construction team drafts and negotiates on all the major standard forms of contract, including JCT and NEC4 together with drafting and negotiating appointments of members of the professional team and other security agreements.  From a contentious (disputes) perspective the construction team advises and acts on all forms of construction dispute resolution, including adjudication, arbitration, proceedings in the TCC, mediation and expert determination.

We have been involved in a range of projects from multimillion pound developments to high value multi party disputes. Some of our most recent experience has involved significant developments for universities and the development of headquarters for emergency services amongst countless others.

We offer an excellent in housing training and development programme. You will work closely with the partners in the team who are all very approachable with an open-door policy and have a genuine desire to train you to achieve your full potential and grow in the business. We are currently recruiting for a 3YR PQ /8YR PQE Solicitor to join our Construction team in Newcastle.

As a Construction Solicitor you will

  • Manage a caseload of construction work
  • Assist other members of the team with their caseloads of Construction work (contentious and non-contentious)
  • Advise contractors, sub-contractors, developers, funders, investors, owners and end users on the documents that support their objectives
  • Draft contracts, agreements, correspondence, pleadings, witness statements, instructions to counsel, attendance notes (without limitation)
  • Advise and assist clients with disputes and risk management
  • Advise and assist clients with dispute resolution including (among other) adjudication and mediation.
  • Carry out other case handling advice and duties
  • Work with the members of the existing Construction team to proactively develop client relationships and business opportunities and have the ability to create your own opportunities should you wish to.
  • Achieve realistic financial and chargeable targets KPIs
  • Ensure relevant deadlines and quality measures are adhered to
  • Comply with relevant Weightmans’ and client policies and procedures
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ and the client’s values

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will have other duties and responsibilities that fall within the remit of the role.

About You

  • 3-8 years PQE experience is preferred but other experience will be considered
  • Experience of and familiarity with development and regeneration work is an advantage
  • A desire to take an entrepreneurial approach to developing your career
  • Excellent team work skills and the ability to bring solutions not problems
  • Strong academics and technical knowledge
  • Experience of and keen interest in construction work
  • The ability to critique and look beneath the surface on issues (i.e. ‘big picture thinking’)
  • The ability to engage in business development and develop an understanding of clients and heir businesses
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets and to be proactive
  • Flexible approach

Why work for us

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK.

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.

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