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Associate / Senior Associate - Commercial Litigation (2000000Y)

Posted: 12 Feb 2020 Closes: 12 May 2020
Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR
Variable 2000000Y

Associate / Senior Associate - Commercial Litigation - (2000000Y)


We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Our 100 strong commercial litigation team advises and deals with a broad spectrum of matters, from multi-million pound claims to issues of principle or reputational concern.

Some of our recent work highlights include advising on a:

· £50 million dispute for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in a dispute with British Telecommunications plc over an outsourcing contract; and
· Acting for Sanctuary Housing Association in proceedings brought against Ciber Limited in a £35 million dispute arising from the implementation of a first in sector SAP Housing Management system
· €30 million dispute for TRW Limited on an alleged breach of an exclusive supply agreement brought by Globe Motors Inc. and its Portuguese subsidiary;

Main purpose of the role:

Working in a team of specialist lawyers advising on a broad range of contentious litigation matters with a particular focus on the public sector.

Gowling's inclusion in the Crown Commercial Service Framework and its extensive public sector practice means that it advises a range of government departments and agencies as well as supplier of goods and services to the public sector across a diverse range of sectors including, health, energy, housing technology and defence. The caseload will also include risk management advice, contractual disputes and professional negligence claims.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

· The ability to take instructions from and liaise throughout with the client and to build strong trusted relationships.

· Issuing proceedings and thereafter running all interlocutory stages of proceedings including through to trial showing attention to detail at all stages in the consideration and preparation of documents and evidence.

· Instructing, and liaising with witnesses, expert witnesses and counsel where appropriate.
Attending court hearings (directions/trials).
A precise and concise approach to drafting in correspondence and evidence.

· Management of own caseload often as part of a wider team on larger matters with the ability to organise workload on a day to day basis.

· Use of the bespoke client gateway to share case related information.

· Active participation in team training as well as self-development of related skills.

· Meeting personal time recording targets and assisting in the team’s financial management.

Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager or Practice Operations Manager of the firm.


Key Skills and Experience:

· The caseload will include acting both for and against the public sector in procurement challenges brought under the Public Contract Regulations 2015, the Concession Regulations 2016, the Utilities Regulations 2016 (the "Regulations") and judicial review.

· Familiarity with the Regulations, public procurement and judicial review litigation would be an advantage although not essential for a candidate who is willing to grow their knowledge in this area and progress their career by developing this specialism further.

· Experience of general litigation and the CPR.

· An ability to analyse and report on significant quantities of evidence, with a keen eye for detail.

· A proactive approach to case management and a willingness to undertake a demanding caseload and remain calm under pressure.


· Some advocacy experience would be beneficial but not essential.

· A team-player with a flexible and adaptable approach and experience of establishing and developing relationships with the client.

· Experience of meeting personal time recording targets and assisting in the team’s financial management.

Equal Opportunities:

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.

Work Locations: Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR

Job: Lawyers

Organisation: Legal

Schedule: Full-time

Employee status: Regular

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