Public Sector Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: D.O.E

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

To manage a caseload of fast and multi-track claims from local authority and insurance clients, with a particular focus on social services/safeguarding claims.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Specialise in acting on behalf of various local authorities, claims handlers and insurers, protecting their interests
  • Meet your annual chargeable hours target and other performance indicators
  • Assist with client development, training and networking
  • Perform billing duties, ensuring bills are paid in a timely manner
  • Ensure case management records are maintained
  • Complete MI reports internally and for clients
  • Adhere to Lexcel and other internal quality standards
  • Work in accordance with the Firm’s policies and values

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

The person specification

  • Experience of handling/assisting on social services cases/safeguarding claims is essential
  • Experience of defending litigated claims, preferably claims against public authorities
  • Knowledge of local authority clients and insurers  in the region preferable.
  • Willingness to present cases in the county court
  • Excellent knowledge of the CPR and litigation
  • Ability to influence a broad range of people including key decision makers
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT 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

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