Housing Disrepair Solicitor - (12 FTC)

Job Description

Salary: £39000

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, and assist other case handlers with their caseloads, of local government litigation.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Specialise in acting on behalf of various local authorities and insurers, protecting their interests
  • Manage a caseload of litigated files including Highways Law, Occupiers Liability Employers Liability and Housing disrepair.
  • Assist on social care abuse claims, data breach claims, human rights and equality act and high value flooding cases
  • Draft and perform legal research, investigations etc
  • Draft pleadings, witness statements and prepare cases for trial
  • Attend at conferences and Court
  • Communicate with clients, Counsel and various other parties
  • Achieve set financial and chargeable targets
  • Ensure relevant deadlines, quality measures and KIPS are adhered to
  • Comply with relevant policies and procedures
  • Work 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
  • Qualified solicitor 2-5 years PQE
  • Genuine interest and previous experience in local government litigation
  • Experience of acting for a local authority and their insurers would be desirable
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Flexible approach
  • Previous in-house experience with a Local Authority legal team would be acceptable and of interest

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