Associate Solicitor - Property

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

DAS Law are looking to bring on board an ambitious and team-orientated Associate to join our busy Litigation & Dispute Management department in central Bristol. The department comprises of over 40 Solicitors, Paralegals and support staff, and takes on a wide variety of litigation work.

In this role, you will take on a caseload of property based litigation matters across small, fast-track and multi-track claims on behalf of a range of clients from private individuals to large businesses. The position will allow you early file responsibility and client contact in a highly supportive environment with clear pathways to progress within the firm.

Further responsibilities of the role include:

  • Managing a caseload encompassing a range of complex legal issues including nuisance, trespass, negligence and property damage from start to finish including drafting of statements of case and witness statements, negotiation, mediation and trial
  • Assessing prospects of success of property claims
  • Negotiating claims to a successful outcome through the most effective means
  • Taking ownership of customer problems until resolved, ensuring that a high standard of service is provided to the client at all times
  • Undertaking reasonable tasks as instructed by the Senior Associate and assist the Head of Department and leadership team as required
  • Fostering and growing lasting client relationships through the delivery of consistent client service excellence
  • Taking on wider roles such as internal training
About You

We are looking for individuals with the following attributes:

  • 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
  • A full understanding of departmental risk, identifying new risks and escalating these along with solutions on how to resolve the risks
  • The ability to act on your own initiative and knowing where to seek assistance
  • The ability to adhere to the SRA handbook

As a team we are passionate and enthusiastic about what we do. Our people are encouraged to think independently and to take ownership of their work. You will be agile in the way that you work and adaptable to change. In return for your commitment we will offer you generous remuneration and an attractive benefits package, including:

  • 25 days holiday with the option to buy up to a further 5 days
  • Company pension scheme (2.5% employee / 6% employer) 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 Cyclescheme and season ticket loans
  • A comprehensive wellbeing programme including an employee Health Cash Plan and a range of free weekly exercise classes (dependent on your office location)
  • 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

At DAS we support flexible working and are happy to discuss flexible working options.

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.