Construction Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: £30 000-£50 000

The Firm

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, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.

The Department

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.

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 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.  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 mulit-milllion pound developments to high value multi party disputes.

The role

We are in search of candidates across the country (excluding London), NQ + PQE to join the Real Estate, Planning and Construction team.

Candidates must have experience of working on caseloads of contentious or non-contentious and ideally a mix working on behalf of the types of client referred to in the “Department” section above.

Duties would include:

  • Manage a caseload of construction work

  • Assist other members of the team with their caseloads of Construction work (contentious and non contentious)

  • Draft (and/or assist with drafting) 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 develop client relationships and business opportunities

  • Achieve set 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.

The person specification

  • Qualified Solicitor - varying levels of seniority and location

  • Experience of handling a construction caseload of a non-contentious and contentious nature

  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets

  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative

  • Flexible approach

Other Information

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're committed to diversity and inclusion and to creating an environment where everyone can reach their full potential.  For more information please click  on the following link:

https://www.weightmans.com/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion

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