Associate

Location:
Bristol
Vacancy Type:
Fixed Term Contract
Department:
Litigation and Dispute Management
About The Role

We are looking for a Commercial Litigation/Construction Lawyer (a Solicitor/FILEX (ideally 2-6 years PQE) to join our Complex Litigation team based in Bristol on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract. From the outset you can expect to handle a varied caseload of complex litigation matters in a team that encourages early responsibility, whilst ensuring appropriate supervision, mentoring and training.

The main tasks will include:

  • Taking control of a range of construction disputes, together with some general commercial litigation (depending on experience);
  • assessing prospects of success quickly and accurately in new cases that might be factually dense and/or legally complex;
  • providing confident and clear advice to a diverse range of clients (including individuals, SMEs and large companies);
  • drafting and preparing all necessary pleadings (with Counsel’s assistance where appropriate) and litigating cases, where necessary, through to trial or an Adjudicator’s decision;
  • resolving claims via a range of ADR methods including mediation and negotiation;
  • becoming involved in business development alongside the team leader to win new mandates in the insurance and wider market; and
  • demonstrating a commercial awareness in the resolution of cases and working with the wider team to streamline processes and procedures in order to maximise revenue and profitability;

About You

We are looking for applicants with an expertise in contentious work and who:

  • Are qualified solicitors or FILEXs, ideally with 2-6 years PQE however more experienced applicants will be considered.
  • Have experience of working within the litigation sphere and have developed some expertise in contentious construction work or have specialised in construction generally (both contentious and non-contentious).
  • Are familiar with standard form JCT contracts.
  • Ideally have experience of arbitration, adjudication, mediation and litigation within the construction industry.
  • Have excellent attention to detail.
  • Are able to provide excellent client service to a diverse range of clients
  • Are commercially minded with experience of working in a busy environment and dealing with complex issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Have an interest in developing their range of legal skills and areas of specialism and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to client care and the quality of their work.
  • Have an interest in business development and be willing to work with the team leader to develop new areas of work.

About The Company
 DAS Law is part of the DAS UK Group, which in turn forms part of the Ergo Group. We are therefore part of the world’s largest insurance group. Previously existing as a standalone law firm (CW Law) DAS Law was acquired by DAS UK Group in 2013 and is a key part of the Group’s strategy, forecast to provide year on year profitable growth within our 10 year strategy, which was agreed and commenced in 2016.

We have historically focussed on delivering legal services to customers solely via our Legal Expenses Insurance products, which provides a steady workload of litigated cases into the following teams that currently exist;

  • Personal Injury

  • Litigation & Dispute Management

  • Employment

  • Business & Commercial

Whilst this will remain a key part of our ongoing strategy, with the full support of our shareholders we have big ambitions to grow DAS Law as an independent income generating law firm and a major player in the legal market. We will do this by building on our existing relationships and reputation to grow new and sustainable income revenue streams that will allow us to expand the services we offer our customers.

We believe these are exciting times for DAS Law as part of the wider DAS UK Group and we are looking for likeminded individuals who share our ambition to make our high quality legal solutions accessible and affordable.

You can expect to join an organisation that will challenge and develop you to progress your career in ways that traditional law firms cannot. We are also committed to supporting continued professional development and promote both internal Training Contracts and alternative routes to qualification (CILEX).

By giving you every opportunity to develop yourself professionally and personally, we also pride ourselves on having an open, inclusive and high energy culture that encourages a fun working environment and places our customers at the very heart of everything we do.

If you are keen to become part of our exciting future then we would love to hear from you. In addition to the very genuine development opportunities we provide we also offer an extremely generous reward and benefits package.