Associate

Location:
Bristol
Vacancy Type:
Permanent
Department:
Litigation and Dispute Management
About The Role

We have a new opportunity for an Associate to join our Litigation and Dispute Management department based at the DAS UK Group Head Office in the heart of Bristol. 

The Litigation and Dispute Management Team (LDM) comprises over 40 solicitors, paralegals and support staff and is led by a Legal 500 and Chambers rated partner. This is a great opportunity to join a hard-working and friendly team which lives the DAS values with a dedication to mutual respect, continuous improvement and client care. 

As an Associate you can expect to handle a caseload of complex and varied property cases predominately on the Fast/Multi Track. In addition, you will review and evaluate property claims consisting mainly of damage, nuisance and trespass for prospects of success and to negotiate and litigate claims through the civil courts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage a caseload of property litigation files from start to finish with a good degree of autonomy;
  • be familiar with running claims, defending claims for property damage, nuisance and trespass;
  • assess prospects of success of property claims initially and on an ongoing basis;
  • negotiate claims to a successful outcome through the most efficient and economic means;
  • take responsibility for all aspects of file administration and financial hygiene with the help and support of the Legal Assistant function;
  • take personal ownership of customer problems until resolved, ensuring that a high standard of service is provided to the client at all times;
  • undertake reasonable tasks as instructed by the Senior Associate and assist the Head of Department and leadership team as required;
  • be adaptable at fostering and growing lasting client relationships through the delivery of consistent client service excellence; and
  • be willing to take on wider roles such as internal training, client presentations and other forms of business development.

About You

Our people are encouraged to think independently, take ownership of their work and ensure the customer is at the heart of everything we do. As a result, we are looking for applicants who have good written and verbal communication skills, accurate and concise letter writing abilities, a confident telephone manner and the ability to engage with and work as part of a larger team to ensure a seamless customer experience.

We would like to hear from solicitors or candidates with equivalent qualifying experience who have:

  • Ideally between 3 and 5 years’ experience of working within property litigation;
  • a comprehensive working knowledge of property law and civil procedures;
  • an excellent understanding of legal terminology process and the underlying law; and
  • knowledge of landlord/tenant litigation experience is desirable but not essential.

In return for your commitment we will offer you generous remuneration and a benefits package to include:   

  • 25 days holiday with the option to buy up to a further 5 days
  • Company pension scheme with the option to increase contributions
  • Group Income Protection for all employees
  • Group Legal Protection for all employees
  • A choice of either European Motor Assistance or Home Emergency Assistance
  • Salary sacrifice benefits including Cycle scheme and season ticket loans
  • A comprehensive wellbeing programme including a range of free weekly exercise classes (dependent on your office location) and free eye tests
  • Access to our employee discounts hub offering exclusive discounts across thousands of retail partners, including discounted gym memberships at over 3,000 gyms across the UK
  • The option to join our Sports and Social club which organises discounted events such as theatre visits, wine tasting and shopping trips.

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 focused 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.