Senior Associate Solicitor - Contract Disputes

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

DAS Law are looking for a Senior Associate to join our Litigation and Dispute Management team in central Bristol on a 12-month fixed term basis. In this role you will lead a team of 3-5 Paralegals, dealing with Fast Track and lower Multi Track contract dispute cases. DAS Law is part of the wider DAS UK Group, which also includes our market-leading Legal Expenses Insurance business, and benefits from this partnership with a steady stream of varied case work coming in to the firm. 

This is a great opportunity to develop your role, expertise and career within the LDM team and will suit somebody who is commercially minded and able to bring great leadership and excellent financial management skills to the team.

The main tasks will include:

  • Supervising, mentoring and developing a team of 3-5 Paralegals
  • Proactively handling your own caseload of contract cases on the Fast/Multi Track, acting for both consumer and commercial clients across a range of complex legal issues including contractual disputes, building and construction disputes, misrepresentation and professional negligence
  • Taking responsibility for all claim stages, from inception to conclusion, including extensive drafting of statements of case and witness statements, direct client contact, advocacy, negotiation, mediation and trial.
  • Interpreting and using management information to achieve efficiencies and greater profitability in the team; and
  • Building appropriate capabilities in order to create clarity and alignment around the strategic and operational objectives to create a culture where people want to be and do their best.
About You

If you are a hard-working and ambitious Solicitor or Legal Executive keen to work in a collaborative team environment we’d like to hear from you! In addition we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

  • Experience of working within the contract litigation area, having dealt previously with commercial and/or consumer contract within a mixed caseload or specialist team;
  • An ability to litigate at all levels of court and have experience of ADR, including mediation;
  • Experience of working in a busy environment and dealing with complex issues quickly and efficiently;
  • An interest in developing a range of legal skills and specialism and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to client care;
  • A keen interest in business development and a willingness to work with the Principal Associate and Partner to develop new areas of work;
  • Excellent client care skills with the ability to investigate and deal with customer complaints; and
  • Previous experience of managing a team and using management information (ideally).

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:

  • 26 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

Whilst this is a full-time position, 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.