Police Litigation Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: £48 000-£80 000

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

Our Public Sector team is one of the largest in the UK, with extensive experience working with local authorities, local authority consortia, police forces, fire authorities and NHS Trusts. Our lawyers have hands-on experience of working in local government and the public sector. Our approach is focused on solving our client's legal problems as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We are brand leaders in defendant litigation services for local and public authorities, with in-depth expertise in all types of claims including motor, public liability and employers' liability. We have considerable experience in handling sensitive and/or high profile claims, such as bullying, failure to educate and abuse, and are equally skilled in handling the media attention that these cases sometimes attract. Our specialist practitioners act exclusively for the police service, representing a diverse range of forces across England and Wales. As the largest dedicated police legal team in the country our lawyers have been involved in some of the most high profile and significant cases involving the police service over the last 10 years.

The role

To effectively manage a caseload of police litigation and misconduct cases from Surrey and Sussex Police and to provide support to the national team in the form of assisting in the preparation of witness statements, preparing witnesses for trial/hearings, attending conferences with counsel and attending trial/hearings and supervising and mentoring junior staff. A desire to present misconduct cases on behalf of the appropriate authority would be desirable. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Specialise in acting on behalf of Surrey and Sussex police, claims handlers and insurers, protecting their interests.
  • Manage a caseload of litigated claims including but not limited to false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and assault
  • To manage a caseload of police misconduct cases.
  • Present cases in the magistrates court
  • Assist the Team Manager and other team members with their cases, client development, client training, networking and potentially public speaking where required.
  • Liaise with various parties such as other solicitors, insurers, experts, counsel and clients.
  • Control Mattersphere diary and action lists.
  • Attend at court hearings as appropriate.
  • Draft various documents such as letters and reports and pleadings.
  • Supervise junior staff on a day to day basis.
  • Satisfy standards of client care in accordance with guidelines and directions.
  • Complete Client MI procedures.
  • Achieve set financial and chargeable targets.
  • Comply with relevant rules, policies and procedures.
  • Keep up to date with legal developments.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role.

The person specification
  • Experience of dealing with professional misconduct cases
  • Experience of defending litigated claims, preferably claims against the police.
  • Willingness to present cases in the magistrates court and at misconduct hearings.
  • Excellent knowledge of the CPR and litigation.
  • Ability to influence a broad range of people including key decision makers.
  • Willingness to take on the role as key client interface with the aim of fully supervising and managing the team in due course
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or on own initiative.
  • Flexible approach to work and a willingness to travel.
  • Ability to work from Surrey Police HQ in Guildford
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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