EL/PL Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: Not specified

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 Casualty team provides a full, expert service in defending public and employers' liability claims, particularly workplace, public sector and claims against the emergency services. Weightmans' team is second-to-none in providing defendant litigation services in these specialist areas. We operate on a national basis with dedicated workplace, public and police teams

The role
  • Work within the dedicated utilities team
  • Handle a varied caseload for a large national utility company and assist the partners and other fee earners on larger and more complex cases. In particular, this will involve handling and assisting on both litigated and pre-lit injury claims, property damage claims, contribution claims and recoveries.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the Water Industry Act and the New Roads and Streetworks Act and apply those to claims as part of the work
  • Assist with and prepare/present training to meet client needs
  • Support the partners with the client account and attend relevant meetings
  • Assist others with their caseloads of other types of commercial or injury litigation work
  • Achieve set hours and billing targets
  • Meet deadlines, and comply with procedural requirements from clients and the firm
  • Comply with relevant policies and procedures
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values
The person specification
  • Previous experience of dealing with claims in negligence and breach of statutory duty either for or against a utility company/statutory undertaker is preferable but not essential
  • Previous experience of flood damage and business interruption claims would also be an advantage, although training will be provided
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and concentration
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to work to 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:


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