Debt Recovery Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: £35000-£45000

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 Insolvency and Recoveries team is experienced in handling all kinds of insolvency and recoveries work nationally. We act on behalf of large corporates, owner managed businesses, public bodies, insurers, professional practices, regulatory bodies and private individuals. We also act on behalf of insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, litigation funders, fixed charge receivers, directors and other stakeholders. Members of all levels of qualification across the team regularly deal with complex, high profile and sensitive issues across a broad range of matters (both contentious and non-contentious) with far reaching implications as well as regulated and unregulated debt recovery from individuals and businesses. The team and many within it are recognised in both Chambers and Legal 500.

The role

We are surrently recruiting for a NQ- 2 YR PQE to join  the Recoveries section of the team. Undertaking work primarily on behalf of vehicle finance companies and public sector clients to recover monies and/or assets from individuals and/or businesses.

Whilst our preferred location for this role is Leeds we are willing to consider Liverpool, Birmingham or Manchester for an exceptional candidate.

The role will involve providing supervision and training to junior members of the team, as well as working independently on their own case load of disputed and defended money only and return of good claims, with limited supervision as/when appropriate.  The role offers extensive client contact and will require a limited audit and training function to fee earners in the team.

Main duties and responsibilities (subject to skills and experience) include:

  • Managing own case load of money only and return of goods cases, including pro-active management of cases with limited supervision.
  • Providing supervision to members of the team undertaking similar work.
  • Conduct litigation including issuing claims, obtaining judgments and enforcing the same.
  • Liaising with clients, experts, witnesses, counsel and other parties as well as preparing and drafting detailed reports, correspondence, advice and court documents.
  • Attendance at client, expert, counsel and witness meetings.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant deadlines, quality measures and key performance indicators.
  • Ensuring compliance with client service level agreements, relevant policies, and procedures as well as FCA guidance.
  • Supporting business development initiatives.
  • Completion of management information.
  • Achieving set targets/KPIs.
  • Providing ad hoc training to clients and members of the team.
  • Working in accordance with Weightmans’ values.

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

Essential

  • 0-2 years PQE or equivalent.
  • Ability to work to deadlines/targets to prioritise and manage a case load and deliver effective solutions
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative with a positive attitude.
  • A commercial resolution driven with client focus approach.
  • Strong legal and analytical skills with an eye for detail.
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and inter personnel skills.

Desirable

  • Previous experience handling money only and return of goods claims
  • Previous experience providing supervision to junior fee earners.
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. 
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